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A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.

Architecture and art studio Svima has shared photos of a kitchen and living room they updated, with the kitchen featuring brass design accents.

Their clients, a Toronto couple, has opposite tastes: he is an enthusiast of tenebrous minimalism, and she is a lover of bright French country kitchens. They wanted to renovate their home of ten years, to streamline and organize their books and belongings.

A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.

The design hinges on ‘ribbons’ flowing through the space, guiding the motion through the rooms. The ribbons curve in areas where sharp corners would not fit or would stop the flow of movement.

The architect proposed a dual design with deep oak tones along the lower half of the rooms, and bright whites above, merging the two tastes to create denlike coziness.

A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.

Two large brass portals sculpt open the wall between the kitchen and dining room. One is a doorway, and the other a countertop window, allowing light and sightlines to pass between the two rooms.

A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.
A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.

The designers mention, “It was an artful process for the contractor to lay the brass into the wall, as it had to fit into the curved drywall perfectly with no tolerance for error.”

A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.
A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.

The brass tones will patina over the seasons as the family grows.

A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.
A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.

In the kitchen, all lower cabinet corners are softened with curved ends, allowing users to pass comfortably. The cabinetmaker made each curved cabinet door by hand, creating a special jig to kerf-bend the oak into a radius.

A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.
A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass-lined arches.

The kitchen tiles are a contemporary take on Dutch “Delft” tile, festive in blue and white, complementing the brass.

A modern kitchen with dark wood and white cabinets, white countertops, Dutch “Delft” tile, and brass accents.

In the living room, a custom bookshelf and built-in sofa curve into the space. The custom sofa sweeps into the space to provide seating at precisely the right sideways angle for viewing the media unit, lounge reading, and gathering, while the bookshelf bends to allow more light to enter from the window.

A custom curved sofa designed to fit the room.
A curved wood cabinet and bookshelf allows the light from the window to shine through to the interior.

Here’s a look at the designer’s sketch and drawings.

Architectural drawings of an updated kitchen, dining area, and living room.
Architectural drawings of an updated kitchen, dining area, and living room.
Architectural drawings of an updated kitchen, dining area, and living room.
Architectural drawings of an updated kitchen, dining area, and living room.
Architectural drawings of an updated kitchen, dining area, and living room.
Photography by Scott Norsworthy | Design: Svima | Project Team: Anamarija Korolj (Architect, OAA, M.Arch, Partner), Leon Lai (Architect, OAA, M.Arch, Partner), Eira Roberts (Junior Designer) | Builder: Ian Chung of Recon Design & Build

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