Design Brief: New York Loft Style in a Stunning Astoria Show Home

Legacy designer Paul Wedel collaborated with the project architect from the earliest concept stage to help Astoria Homes to realize their vision of a New York-style loft in this two-story show home. We asked Paul to share his design insights in the kitchen and other spaces in this stunning home.

“Our goal was to create a loft feeling in a two story residential show home while maintaining an intimate space.”

Kitchen with 24” Wolf steam oven and microwave below. Integrated 36” Sub-Zero refrigerator with matching door panels. The architect incorporated 10 ft. tall cabinets into the design of the alcove-like niches with walls above stepped out 30” to create the look of a seamless bulkhead.
Astorial Show Home Kitchen

“The H-profile edge on the shaker door style creates a ‘pin stripe’ effect when viewing the kitchen close up. This fine imaging detail was emulated in the shiplap detail (walnut overlayed on black panels) on the back of the island but on a larger scale.”

Island with shiplap detail.
Kitchen Island with Shiplap Detail
Island with Sub-Zero freezer drawers and paneled Asko dishwasher. Wet bar in loft area above.
Kitchen Island with Integrated Appliances

“We used 58” high upper cabinets with partial glass on either side of the hood fan and full glass on either side of the sink area. A crosspiece was added at 19” down from the top of the upper cabinets to create the look of a long door that has been stacked.”

Custom Hammersmith hood with 36” LaCornufe gas range.
Kitchen Range and Custom Hood
Blanco anthracite farm sink with paneled Asko dishwasher (right) and double garbage/compost bin (left).
Blanco Farm Sink

“The walnut cabinets really pop against the black areas. Gold accents were used in the hardware and accessories in order to further accent the strong visual contrast we were trying to achieve.”

Additional information about this kitchen:

Designer Paul Wedel
Builder Astoria Homes
Ebony Cabinets HDF (MFP5740) with H-Profile Edges
Walnut Cabinets Natural (FP740) with H-Profile Edges
Countertops Caesarstone
Juice bar with 24” cultivator and 36” Sub-Zero wine refrigerator with vegetable drawers.
Juice Bar
Butler’s pantry with Miele coffee maker and Sub-Zero beverage refrigerator.
Butler’s Pantry Appliances
Butler’s pantry with floating shelves.
New York Loft Style in a Stunning Astoria Show HomeButler’s Pantry SHelves
Powder room vanity with contrasting ebony posts.
Powder Room
His and hers ensuite, each with floating drawers in walnut intersected with a tower in Gauntlet Grey.
His and Hers EnsuiteHis and Hers Ensuite


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