Even the word itself sounds blah: a dark space, low ceiling, wall to wall full of cans of dry and beige canned food, somehow preserved to survive a nuclear apocalypse.Real estate property. But, as anyone familiar with Michelle Nussbaumer ‘s delightfully maximalist style knows, there is no room for the boring in the talented hands of the designer. In his project for House Beautiful’s Kitchen (or, we should say, Kitchens – it’s four o’clock) of the year, Nussbaumer proves it by making us lose our minds for a humble pantry – well, two.
Obviously, a pantry of the woman who commissioned a custom mural to go over her workbench and wrap the Ikea furniture in an ikat print of her design is not an outdated refuge. In a design inspired by none other than Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen – nothing says to elevate the ordinary that infuse a little royalty into your storage cabinet – Nussbaumer has designed a majestic portico of shelves for pink dishes to contain the dishes. his mother’s porcelain, arranged around a quartet of hand-painted terrines. Along the two side walls of the pantry, the pink shelves contain even more porcelain, including some inherited from Nussbaumer ‘s grandmother, who, according to the designer, “loves to blend with Target dishes”. A chevron graphic floor adds a touch of decoration.