To deal effectively with odd-shaped interiors—like this loftlike garret, with its sloping ceiling and walls—it's a good strategy to smooth out the rough edges of the space, and then develop the functional elements. Here, storage is recessed into the wall and a simple working island defines the kitchen. While I hope the frayed-fabric panels are temporary measures, I do like how this room has been pulled together.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.