How custom millwork makes this space work
Located just off the main entrance of this modern family home, the existing compact space needed to maximize function, operating as library, in-home office, kids homework area, and mudroom overflow.
Interior Designer: Tanya Yeung, ARIDO
Design Firm: Analogue Design Studio
Photographer: Stephani Buchman
An existing window restricted a total overhaul, so the design team created a custom L-shaped millwork feature which would be visible upon entering the home. With this criteria, along with many requirements for function, the design team created a full height storage cabinet next to a striking collection of open nooks.
This element connects with a long shelf and counter with concealed drawers ending with a full depth coat and shoe closet which also features a pull-out printer drawer cleverly concealed below the desk surface. Recessed undermount lighting highlights the dramatic yet minimalist workspace.
Combining a restrained palette of just two finishing materials, black oak and tortora lacquer, their play on high gloss lacquer along the vertical surfaces contrasts against the same tortora used in a matte finish on the horizontal shelves. This juxtaposition provides interest and the illusion of depth in a very shallow wall space.
The simple finishes offer a dramatic yet soothing feature that welcomes you into the home. This millwork element functions as a touchdown space before entering the main home area. Located just off the foyer, family room, and games area, and immediately accessed from the upper level, this study area has become a hub of activity. Perfect for an active and growing family.