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The Kitchen

For this gut renovation in midtown, the butler’s sleeping loft was the first thing to go.

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Photographs by Thomas Loof


Back in 1885, when architect James Edward Ware completed the Osborne Apartments on the corner of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, kitchens weren’t the hub of the house like they are today. In fact, they weren’t even meant to be seen by the residents; it was the servants who did the cooking in the dark, narrow backrooms. Fast forward to 2007 when architect Françoise Bollack was hired to completely renovate an apartment that had maintained its original configuration. This meant creating a modern, usable kitchen from two spaces: a long, narrow room with low ceilings and a storage loft, which was where the butler slept. “The new kitchen needed to be a room that could act as the heart of the apartment,” says Bollack. “It’s the emotional center of the home.”


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