I'm feeling a little overwhelmed these days; as happens in life, there's too many things that need tending to, and not enough time to do so. This kitchen, by Faye Toogood, steadies me. The dove-grey palette calms without going dramatically, depressingly dark. Oversized cabinet knobs offer a reassuring, two-handed grip. Even the plinth, broken into discrete segments rather than an open sweep of space, works to slow the design down.
One key to the quietude could be the avoidance of shiny metallic elements; the sink looks to be ceramic or stone, and the faucet appears powder-coated. studiotoogood.com
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.