Daniella on Design Kitchen Reveal

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The kitchen can mean a lot of different things. To some, it is the heart of the home, where the family comes together; to others, the kitchen is a retreat from hectic daily life. There are those who love to spend time in the kitchen while cooking and then there are those for whom the kitchen is a piece of art, a form of 'display.' To us, the kitchen is a laboratory for culinary experimentations, a testing ground for the innovative cuisine that we love to explore, a source for an intellectual and sensorial experience, manifested in a sense of perfection.

All photography by Costas Picadas

When it came to renovate the kitchen in our Pre-War apartment in mid-town Manhattan, I knew that I wanted it to be urban, minimal, bright, pristine, sustainable, modernist and laboratory-like. It had to be an integral part of the interior, thus must carry the same aesthetic sensibility of our home: stylish, high-brow and sophisticated, colorless and elegant, refined and sleek.

With this long list of  specifics in mind, it was clear to me that the surface of choice in our kitchen had to be the famed Pure White quartz by Caesarstone, a material that has spark, refinement and endless beauty.

Since seeing this snow-white stone in a client's kitchen a couple of years ago, it's been stuck in my head with its dazzling visual effect, purity and whiteness.  In fact, when giving a lecture at the Seagram Building recently, I noticed the bathroom counters also featured Pure White and I thought to myself, "Mies would have loved that material, if it had existed during his time."  I knew that one day, I wanted this surfacing to find its way into my home. So when it came time to design our new kitchen, the decision was easy.

I also discovered another layer of connection to the Caesarstone that confirmed my decision to include the surface in my kitchen. It is an Israeli innovation, known for its quality, sustainability and craftsmanship. Named after the ancient town of Caesarea on the Mediterranean coast, an area known for its remarkable amphitheater and archaeological excavations, it is a town that has a special place in my heart. Growing up,  I spent the holidays in Caesarea and it was a large part of my childhood.

Pure White's color and minimalist appearance has become the perfect backdrop for evenings of experimentations with unique cuisine and family get-togethers. And even more than all of this, the kitchen has become a substantial expression of my identity, and the identity of my family.


For more kitchen reveals: The Future Perfect Kitchen | Sydne Summer's Kitchen

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A design historian of international esteem, Daniella Ohad is an educator, tastemaker and writer. Specializing in 20th Century and Contemporary Design, she has taught at such institutions as the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute and Parsons New School for Design.