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White backsplash, light gray island, and darker gray floors in NNH Residence by Miriam Fanning.

1st Place Contemporary Award KDC 2017-18

As frequent hosts, the owners of NNH Residence needed space. As a young family with boys, they needed a kitchen that would withstand daily use (and perhaps, a little misuse). And as homeowners, they desired a kitchen that was both practical and exuded timeless luxury. Combining elegant form with practical function was the primary hurdle, but with interior designer Miriam Fanning’s vision and oversight, the kitchen met all the fundamental needs of the clients.

For the owners and Fanning, the appliances were paramount. Even before the design was complete, Sub-Zero refrigeration and Wolf cooking appliances were selected. They were strong and robust, and integrated seamlessly into one appliance wall—an essential prerequisite for the clients. Fanning took great care in curating a fluid and comfortable space. Continuity between the open-plan kitchen and living areas create a relaxed space for family and friends to gather and mingle while food is prepared. The impressive, bold island defines the space, staying proportionate to the scale of the kitchen, and offers a casual dining area. The island and the additional bench along the wall offers plentiful space for preparation, cooking, and storage.


White backsplash, light gray island, and darker gray floors in NNH Residence by Miriam Fanning.
Wolf CI365C contemporary cooktop in NNH Residence kitchen by Miriam Fanning.
NNH Residence by Miriam Fanning Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest 2017-18.
Wolf 36" Contemporary cooktop in NNH Residence kitchen by Miriam Fanning.
NNH Residence by Miriam Fanning Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest.
Sub-Zero 30" designer wine storage in NNH Residence by Miriam Fanning.

Elegant yet practical materials truly steal the show. The timber veneer on the joinery pairs effortlessly with the custom stainless steel hardware and the black and stainless Wolf appliances. The show stopper, though, is the natural stone, creating a sort of vertical color gradient—white backsplash, light gray island, and darker gray floors. The polished stone sets a luxurious tone and elegantly reflects light from the abundant windows.

The homeowners were overjoyed with a space that exuded luxury and familial warmth. Adeptly understanding the true needs and desires of her clients, Fanning successfully balanced function with artistry for a holistic, pleasing kitchen design.


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