How custom millwork makes this space work

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.

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