The All-Wooden Kitchen Is Having a Second

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After I visited designers Emily Bode and Aaron Aujla’s New York house in 2019, I felt immediately transported. Their entrance door opens into the kitchen, which is sort of completely clad in heat, coffee-stained Douglas fir. Was I in a quaint cottage on Cape Cod? A country cabin in upstate New York? I definitely was not in a rental house in Chinatown. 

To be truthful, it wasn’t a complete shock. Inexperienced River Challenge, the buzzy design agency based by Aujla and Ben Bloomstein, has made its title with a liberal use of timber, a lot of it sourced in Hillsdale, New York, the place the studio’s eponymous waterway is situated. However one thing about that kitchen feels as if it has hung round within the zeitgeist ever since. As a selected number of au naturel woodworking has entered the highlight—simply take a look at the sculptural furnishings of rising abilities like Ido Yoshimoto, Dan John Anderson, and Vince Skelly—the homey, wood-clad kitchen is formally reentering the highlight. 

The wooden kitchen in director Ryan Murphy’s New York residence, designed by David Cafiero, is wrapped in white oak.

Does this lastly mark the tip of the reign of the pristine white kitchen? Most likely not. However as Aujla factors out, “Throughout moments of disaster individuals return to pure supplies.” And certainly, after a yr wherein most of us have clocked extra time than ever in our dwelling kitchens, the tide has turned towards supplies that really feel rustic, rough-hewn, and intensely comforting.

“We attempt to use as a lot wooden as shoppers will allow us to,” admits Aujla of the fabric that has been elementary to the Inexperienced River Challenge ethos from the bounce. The agency not too long ago outfitted a kitchen in New York’s Rockaway, Queens, neighborhood, with coffee-stained lauan and mahogany. “The rougher the wooden, the tougher it’s to scrub, nevertheless it has a a lot hotter really feel and a softer contact,” explains Bloomstein, who paired the pure materials with stainless-steel in heavier-use areas to make cleansing simpler. The look, he admits, requires a fairly adventurous consumer.

This wooden kitchen by Inexperienced River Challenge in Rockaway, Queens, mixes coffee-stained lauan and mahogany with stainless-steel, in heavier use areas.

VICTORIA HELY HUTCHINSON

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