Designer Spotlight | Ben Herzog
The brownstones of Brooklyn and Manhattan will always have a place in our hearts. For architecture aficionados, brownstone-lined street are as much a symbol of New York City as the Statue of Liberty. Ben Herzog is a New York architect who specializes in brownstone renovation. When it comes to kitchens, he turns to Caesarstone countertops to provide the mix of durability and luxury that exemplifies the brownstone. Above we see a renovated kitchen in Brooklyn Heights designed in collaboration with interior designer Kiki Dennis. Although the kitchen has but a single window (hey, it’s New York), Blizzard countertops, pure white cabinetry and white walls give the room a spacious and airy quality that’s irresistible.
Blizzard is paired with bamboo-esque cabinetry in this Cobble Hill townhouse for a hip and youthful vibe. Also designed in conjunction with Kiki Dennis, here Herzog was faced with the challenge of designing for a home only 25’ wide. We love how the seamlessly the white countertops blend into the walls for a continuous flow that engages the eye and makes the kitchen seem much larger.
In this Fort Greene brownstone, which boasts some beautifully high vaulted ceilings, Herzog used London Grey countertops for a sophisticated look that plays off both the natural stone flooring and muted wall color. This kitchen was a full gut renovation, but we think the results speak for themselves.
London Grey also makes an appearance in this Brooklyn townhouse kitchen, another full gut renovation undertaken by Herzog. Here the countertop serves as a neutral backdrop that pulls together the playful flooring, stainless steel appliances, and brightly lit tiled backsplash into a cohesive design that strikes a balance between traditional and contemporary. The open space between the kitchen and staircase also works to elongate the room, as do the whimsical hanging lamps over the island.
For our last kitchen, we head to Brooklyn’s hip Park Slope neighborhood. Pebble, a dark grey from Caesarstone’s Classico line, makes a nice contrast to the hardwood flooring and white walls. Though the design has some traditional elements, Herzog makes smart design choices that add a modern look to the space.
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