While working at Yorkville Design Centre, together with Thomas Tampold I had the privilege to design the executive office kitchen of ONEX Corporation in Downtown Toronto.
We worked together with their Project Management and Corporate Interior Design Company Raymond Chiappetta Associates to complete the job.
This was quite a different design approach from working with residential homes.
While designing the space we had to take many factors into consideration. One very important one was to eliminate any food smell in the offices outside of the kitchen. The HVAC company had to make sure sufficient ventilation was installed and they had to bring ducts all the way to the top of the building. An industrial hood was required which to us designers isn’t the most stylish one on the market. But to make it work we had a custom stainless steel company customizing the hood, so we installed a beautiful slab of Nero Marquino Marble as backsplash to make it a centre piece of the kitchen.
The private chef of Onex Corporation was involved throughout the process since she was the one who was going to actually work in the kitchen. To prohibit the staff to be in her way while making their coffees or grabbing a snack, we created a separate coffee station with a Miele coffee maker and a Miele speed oven that acts as a microwave as well as a convection oven.
Since the kitchen was located on the 49th floor of a bay street tower, the space had an incredible view of Toronto with floor to ceiling windows. However we really needed more storage in the kitchen and therefore we created 12′ deep base cabinets with sliding glass doors to go in front of the windows. We made the back of the cabinets in glass to allow for the natural light to shine through and glass shelves inside.
The island was to be the centre station for prepping all the food for lunches. The private chef needed a good butcher block for all the cutting. Usually they are really heavy and they are sometimes in the way. Therefore we created a sculpted walnut L-shaped butcher block that slides across the island on a steel rod on the back.
Downsview Kitchen from Yorkville Design Centre in ERA glossy lacquer
Backsplash: Nero Marquino Marble from Moscone Marble and Tile
Countertop: Caesarstone #1141 Pure White
Back panel of penninsula: Caesarstone #2710 Apple Martini
Cutting board: Walnut from Spectrum Creative Interiors
Pendant light: FLOAT light from Eureka lighting
36″ Subzero fridge x 2
15″ subzero ice maker
36″ Ariston fridge drawers
30″ Miele convection oven x 2
Miele gas cooktop / combiset
Miele Induction cooktop x 2
Miele speed oven
Miele whole bean coffee maker
Blanco Precision sink 32″ x 18″ from Canaroma
VOLA Faucet and spray from Ginger’s