An All-Black Kitchen Anchors the Interior Scheme of This Modern Farmhouse

An All-Black Kitchen Anchors the Interior Scheme of This Modern Farmhouse

  • Jordan Hoch
  • 03/11/24

The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen, sharing the same Belgian Blue Stone flooring. For seating, Gibson chose a set of carved pine ladder-back chairs by late Swedish designer Axel Einar Hjorth. A custom Atomic Lamp by Atelier Van Lieshout hangs over a dark wood table with seating for 10. In the family room—the client’s favorite space in the home—a lowered ceiling, brown plastered walls, and a custom sectional create a cozy space to relax. In here and throughout the house, scrim curtains made from flax linen handwoven by Sam Kasten and fabricated by J.Edlin Interiors add soft texture and diffuse light. “This room is so tactile,” Gibson says, “you want to walk through and touch everything.”

While the wife’s preferences drove much of the project, her husband is responsible for one of the most unique details in the home. “We were standing in the living room,” Gibson recalls, “and he looked up and said, ‘This is so much wasted space, couldn’t we build a catwalk with a bookcase where I can go up and read?’” A set of glass-and-steel stairs leads up to the resulting catwalk and the rest of the second floor, where bedrooms and offices allow the family space for alone time and, occasionally, work. The primary suite is both sumptuous and minimal, with gray textiles, a custom shou sugi ban headboard by Gustavo Neves, and a vintage Teli Pendant by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos. The wife’s bathroom is all black, with an eye-catching leathered Avocatus Stone appearing like green moss on the vanity wall. “When she first saw the stone, she said, ‘I don’t care how you use it, I have to have as much of it as you can get,’” Gibson says. A pair of wood chairs by Francis Jourdain, from 1924, round out the room.

This sense of pairing—contemporary and vintage, high-end designer and anonymous craftsperson, brightness and shadow—encapsulates the overall spirit of the project poetically, down to the input from the clients. As Gibson notes, “Both of them have their fingerprints clearly on this project.”

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