Author Archives: David Alhadeff

About David Alhadeff

David Alhadeff is the founder of The Future Perfect, a platform for exceptional work by contemporary designers with locations in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Since founding The Future Perfect in 2003, Alhadeff has worked closely with designers around the world to commission one-of-a-kind pieces and special exhibitions that showcase the best in contemporary design, presented in unique and thought-provoking ways. Dubbed “New York’s Foremost Champion of American Design” by The New York Times, Alhadeff has also played a pivotal role in bringing major international designers to the American market, including Piet Hein Eek and DIMORESTUDIO. In January 2017 The Future Perfect launched Casa Perfect, a new gallery-cum-retail concept in the Hollywood Hills. In addition to developing The Future Perfect’s diverse programming, including exhibitions at Design Miami/, Alhadeff regularly comments on design in publications including The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

The Future Perfect Kitchen Reveal

I bought a place last year and what started as a straightforward project to remove a wall and redo the bathrooms spiraled into a full-on gut renovation. The kitchen turned out to be my favorite part of the design process because it really became the new center of the apartment.

I knew very little about kitchen design before starting this project so the learning curve was steep. For me, choosing hardware was the first step: I had been introduced to the E.R. Butler & Co.’s Butterfly Pulls by Ted Muehling years back and they left a huge impression on me - so when the time came I knew I had to use them.  I envisioned the creatures positioned haphazardly so they looked like they were flying freely around the room.  In my mind, that meant I wanted to create a simple and elegant world in which they could live and be the star of.

Other decisions were really easy, including my choice of plain front, minimal cabinetry, and drawers.  I wanted a floating shelf above the sink in the same material as the counter.

I wanted the appliances to all match- the handles on the fridge, dishwasher, oven, everything.  When it came to the countertop material, though, I hit a roadblock. I threw around the idea of using a marble or stone top, but I wanted the countertop surface to be the same as the backsplash (and the shelf!). I knew I did not have the patience to constantly clean up after myself in order to avoid stains on the counters and behind the stove.  And to be honest, I don't love granite (a controversial position, I know).

While I was in Milan for the furniture fair in April of 2016 I came across the new collections from Ceaserstone and was like, "YES!! I’ve finally found my solution for the counters.” From a material standpoint, the look and feel is quite similar to marble, but the ease of care and longevity of the product sold me from the start.  I ended up choosing Statuario Maximus, which has the appearance of marble. Without sounding too sales-y, my designer friends are often fooled that it is real stone.  At the same time, the counters achieve the very streamlined and understated effect that I had envisioned from the project’s inception.

In the end my initial vision came alive – the butterflies have indeed ended up as the stars of the room.

Photos by Lauren Coleman

For more kitchen reveals: Jessica Marx of J. Marx Atelier Kitchen Reveal | Insights from Sheri Adelman