This year, Food Network star and chef Tyler Florence brought his idea of an expansive indoor/outdoor kitchen to the heart of New York City and the foot of Rockefeller Center.
The space is absolutely breathtaking: Dark wood cabinetry and hand-scraped hickory flooring set a rustic backdrop, drawing inspiration from Northern California style. The large overhead windows allow plenty of natural sunlight to pour in and help form that indoor/outdoor feel.
And what better way to blend chic with rustic than an apron-front sink. Our new Whitehaven sink is featured in Caviar color and blends perfectly with the surrounding woodwork and countertops. Tyler creatively placed two faucets side-by-side at the sink, a sleek bridge faucet and a chef-friendly pullout faucet for heavy duty cooking.
The wall-mounted pot filler allows you to fill pots right at the stove without hauling them to the sink, a luxury typically found in pro-kitchens.
In the dining area, the hanging chandelier and mix-and-match assortment of chairs around the table offer a creative splash of color, pattern and glitz to the otherwise black-and-white space.
Outside, a large wood oven is surrounded by stone countertops, a large grill, even a sink and faucet, making it entirely possible to entertain without needing to run inside. The adjacent outdoor table is large enough to seat eight, and sits next to a covered patio with even more seating.
Tyler’s vision truly shines in this kitchen: indoor meets outdoor, pro-chef tools meet real-home style, sleek white tile meets rustic black wood. The 2011 Kitchen of the Year is an eclectic mix, and in this age of personalization, it seems to be a perfect fit.