Contemporaria owner Deborah Kalkstein designed the Best of Class winner for Medium Kitchen.
Minimalist Magic When designer Deborah Kalkstein—owner of Contemporaria in DC’s Cady’s Alley—was ready to renovate her outdated Potomac kitchen, she envisioned a clean, modern space that would be user-friendly for family and friends.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.