Kitchen Innovator Winners

Contemporary goes warm with these three outstanding kitchens.



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Winner

Classic design meets family function in a busy mother’s dream kitchen

“My client has an extremely artistic eye,” says Katherine Hodge of Sage Design, “and had a clear vision from the beginning.” The Greenwich homeowner wanted to combine the practical needs of a kitchen with beauty, and to make it a gathering space for the family of five.


Hodge delivered by using classic materials in a straightforward, bold manner. The cabinets are a pared-down door-style topped with creamy Afyon sugar marble, which also lines the walls behind hammered stainless-steel shelves. “It was about using simple materials really well,” Hodge says, “and emphasizing the great architecture that was already in place.” The shelves are lit from underneath to cast a warm glow and to keep the material from appearing cold.

Unexpected furniture adds a layer of comfort to the room. Instead of a traditional island, the designer chose a table where the cook can sit and chop vegetables while the children do homework. And the busy mom can keep an eye on her toddler napping on the sofa as the pasta boils. The room also features a large window seat with striped linen cushions for reading, a play table where the kids can color and a custom-made desk.  

Still, Hodge stresses that the process was highly collaborative. “I was really more of an advisor,” she says. “I was a therapist for fifteen years, so I pride myself on good listening.”

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