Contemporaria owner Deborah Kalkstein designed the Best of Class winner for Medium Kitchen.

Minimalist Magic

Best of Class - Medium Kitchen

When designer Deborah Kalkstein—owner of Contemporaria in DC’s Cady’s Alley—was ready to renovate her outdated Potomac kitchen, she envisioned a clean, modern space that would be user-friendly for family and friends. “There is typically so much color and texture in a kitchen’s daily life,” she explains. “I wanted to create a blank canvas where even a Pellegrino water bottle can look like a piece of art.”

Kalkstein centered the new kitchen around a wall of white-lacquered cabinetry, contrasted on one side by floor-to-ceiling, heat-treated oak cabinets that house the appliances. A large island holds the professional-grade Viking cooktop, with space allotted for gathering on stools by Vitra. Caesarstone counters top all the cabinetry and recessed lighting illuminates the space.

KITCHEN DESIGN: Deborah Kalkstein, Contemporaria, Washington, DC. CONTRACTOR: Jorge Hernandez, Patagonia Enterprises LLC, Point of Rocks, Maryland. CABINETRY: Cesar through Contemporaria. COUNTERTOPS: Caesarstone through Marblex Design International, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia. APPLIANCES: Viking, Gaggenau, Miele through Appliance Distributors Unlimited, Takoma Park, Maryland. FIXTURES: Dornbracht. FLOORING: Mosa Porcelain through Contemporaria. PHOTOGRAPHY: Stacy Zarin-Goldberg.