A "masculine" kitchen

 

At the time, I asked myself: What does a "masculine" space mean exactly, anyway? When I start a project, I like to draw inspiration from Pinterest.

Photo  credit Maxime Brouillet
 
Photo credit Maxime Brouillet
The job of every interior designer is, first and foremost, to work closely with clients who give us projects to do. They can sometimes be very precise, sometimes a little vague — like a certain client I had, a young professional living alone who wanted a "masculine" kitchen for his new condo.
 
At the time, I asked myself: What does a "masculine" space mean exactly, anyway? When I start a project, I like to draw inspiration from Pinterest. For this one, my client and I exchanged photos to determine what truly appealed to him, confirming the style he is looking for.
 
After doing some research for this project, I realized that what my client wanted was a rather industrial, minimalist look — ubiquitous neutral colours, like black, gray and white, alongside raw material like concrete, black metal and natural wood, plus frames with graphic images and furniture covered with natural leather that can complement a piece and gave it personality. Mixing and matching these elements and colors would, I thought, help give birth to this look. In contrast, a certain delicacy emanates from a space with very clear colours, like white or pastels, which brings out mouldings and ornaments.
 
For this project, the island became the central element of the kitchen. For a little extra character, I made it black, so it contrasted with the wooden cabinets. I even chose black for the inside of the sink. Since the condo was close to good restaurants in Montreal, the client would want to have his friends over for a drink — hence, the importance of surrounding the island with stools and integrating a wine cellar into the cabinets. To enhance the "urban loft" look of the ensemble, I added bricks to the white wall, plus we chose industrial-style lighting fixtures.
 
After all the renovations, the kitchen seemed much more spacious. You could finally feel its industrial style...and masculinity.
 
 
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University of Montreal graduate in interior design (2004), Jessica Rivière Gomez is passionate of both interior design and architecture.

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