FROM THE PRINT EDITION: A collaboration with a cabinetmaker results in a one-of-a-kind kitchen

The sleek kitchen, designed by Hidden City Design, boasts veneered walnut cabinetry and a dramatic eating bar by Frank Prendergast of Neoform Art Cabinetry. Photography by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio.

This kitchen is one of four innovative kitchens featured in the February 2012 Interiors edition.

When they married seven years ago, Scott Fraser and Marion Beckett headed up a blended family of three teen girls, a couple of dogs, and some cats. At the time, a spacious house in the suburbs made sense.

But a few years ago, when they became empty nesters, Fraser, an IT consultant, and Beckett, a vice-president with TD Bank, started looking for a smaller house in the city. “We saw quite a few,” says Fraser, “but nothing seemed quite right.”

That’s when they began looking to build and came across an empty lot in Chinatown. In late 2009, the couple hired Hidden City Design to design their house and manage the building process. “It was a great collaboration,” Fraser says.

Staff at Hidden City, in turn, suggested Frank Prendergast of Neoform Art Cabinetry to help with the kitchen design. “We met with Frank and discussed what we wanted,” Fraser remembers. “He had a clear vision of what to do, and we trusted him completely.”

The sleek kitchen boasts veneered walnut cabinetry and a dramatic eating bar. The couple knew they wanted the bar to feature metal (to complement the stainless-steel countertops) and wood but left the details up to Prendergast. “He knew we had four stools,” says Fraser, “but that was all the guidance we gave him.”

The couple were amazed by the end result. Four solid walnut “place settings” are held in place by magnets and supported by a raw metal shelf, a brilliant solution that will allow the couple to change the look in a few years’ time — should they wish to — by simply removing the place settings and replacing them with another magnetized counter.

The couple saved money by buying many of their appliances on Ebay and Craigslist. Photography by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio.

THE TEAM: Hidden City Design / Frank Prendergast, Neoform Art Cabinetry (Design);
Hidden City Design (Contractor)

BACKSPLASH: Sourced from Montreal

CABINETRY: Neoform Art Cabinetry

COOKTOP: Wolf (four-burner with grill and griddle), purchased from Tasco (Toronto)


DEEP FRYER: Wolf, purchased on Ebay

FAUCETS: Dornbracht (main faucet), Danze (pot filler)

FLOORING: Custom Concrete Floors

HOOD: Wolf, purchased on Ebay

MICROWAVE: Wolf, purchased from Tasco (Toronto)

PENDANT LIGHTS: Marchand Lighting and Electrical

POTLIGHTS: Ylighting (U.S.-based Internet company)

REFRIGERATOR: Sub-Zero 650, purchased on Craigslist

STOOLS: Alteriors Contemporary Furniture

WALL OVEN: Wolf, purchased on Ebay

WINE STORAGE: Wolf, purchased on Ebay