Text by: Kathryn Pritchett
The owners of this urban loft wanted to introduce much-needed functionality while respecting the integrity and charm of their historic building. Darron O’Bonnon, principle/designer of Atlanta’s Metropolitan Design Group, LLC, carefully selected materials that worked with the rough-hewn wood of the kitchen’s exposed beams, the rustic paint on the original warehouse doors, and the well-worn brick that invoked stories of years past. O’Bonnon chose Shaker-style doors painted with Sherman Williams’s “Gray Area” to compliment the room’s earthy color palette. But behind the traditional doors he specified dovetailed full extension drawers with soft-close mechanisms to incorporate today's kitchen standards. Reclaiming a closet that had previously been a catchall for random items, O’Bonnon and his team created a butler's pantry and coffee bar. “We wanted to maintain storage and pantry space as well as create yet another work area for a multi-person functioning kitchen---a must in today's kitchen design,” says O’Bonnon. Stainless steel commercial-style appliances, faucet, and hardware add a strong metallic element that provides a "cool" visual contrast to the warmth of the brick and wood. O’Bonnon chose a honed finish for the “Vulga Blue” granite countertops to showcase the visual weight of the stone. “A highly polished sheen didn’t fit with the contemporary feel of this kitchen,” says O’Bonnon. Blue-grey slate tile set in a brick pattern compliments the granite as well as the pattern of the old brick in the kitchen. A beer/wine refrigerator in the island near the dining room serves two purposes—it provides another functional element in the kitchen and, O’Bonnon says, “it made one of the owners very happy.” Finally, a large rectangular light fixture hung over the island finishes off the space with an eye-catching detail that spurs conversation. The light is covered in a natural-colored linen material and hangs from a chain and heavy rope---just one of the many spot-on details that make this chic, rustic design so successful.