The wallpaper, Jaipur, by Antoinette Poisson, presents spiraling botanists from an 18th century document. “I was just burning a hole in my pocket, I was so desperate to use it,” says designer Rita Konig, who spread the pattern across the bare walls of the Notting Hill kitchen. Fashion industry owners stepped forward: “She looked a lot like ‘Oh my God, she looks like Gucci!'” Konig recalls. Real estate property
Being repeat customers, they couldn’t have been too surprised; Konig is known for its idiosyncratic and textured interiors. Here, of course, it has doubled. Calacatta Viola, a mauve veined marble, was selected for countertops and splatters.
Before hiring Konig, the owners ordered kitchen cabinets in plain English, and by sheer coincidence Konig launched a new color line under the same brand at the time. Thus, its colors of eggplant (burnt toast), marigold (nicotine), and off-white (flummeria) were used to complement the wallpaper. The result is an English tent more cozy than the kitchen, but with all the functionality of both. “It really was what I wanted,” says the designer, “a room that has the kitchen.”
In keeping with the cozy vibe, this vintage pair “keeps the room from looking like a lab.”
An invisible layer of glass under the cabinets protects the wallpaper from splatters and stains.
Osmo oil, a matte natural finish, was used on the floors to better match the island countertop.
Lots of preparation space
A counter on the Butcher Block Island, which creates continuity with the wood floor, “prevents the entire place from becoming an ice rink,” Konig says. Hardware: Simple English. Refrigerator: Sub-Zero. Tray: Rita Konig for The Lacquer Company.
3 types of storage
Deep drawers, open art shelves and easy access to coffee cups, and a delicate glass front cabinet make up the simple English kitchen.
Next to the kitchen there is a long wooden table, where the family gathers for breakfast and dinner. Pendants: Rosa Uniacke. Art, table and chairs: from the client.
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