Manhattan Loft Kitchen Renovation | 419 West 55th

About This Renovation

For this classic NYC loft renovation in Hell’s Kitchen, Gallery’s main task was to renovate the large kitchen. The clients like to entertain, so in addition to remodeling the aesthetic, we expanded the footprint of the island and built an entirely new bar at the opposite end of the kitchen. Some design choices are a natural fit for the space. In this case, that meant leaning into the industrial vibe of the exposed concrete while bringing in some character with the material choices.

Job Type
Loft Kitchen Renovation
Design By Gallery
Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
Loft 55 Building, 419 West 55th St, NY, NY
10 Weeks

Industrial Chic

With an industrial aesthetic in mind for this luxury Manhattan kitchen renovation, gray was a natural color choice for the fully custom Miralis cabinets. The backsplash was designed in a subway brick pattern, but rather than the typical porcelain or marble, a clay tile in a white matte tone resembling cement was chosen to further coordinate with the exposed concrete. 

Stacked cabinets were installed to accommodate the tall loft ceilings. For contrast, we incorporated glass front cabinetry with lighting in some areas. The resulting marriage of concrete, glass, and wood is well-matched for an industrial chic loft kitchen. 

Further highlighting our client’s love of entertaining, we built an entirely custom bar at one end of the space, featuring open shelving in contrasting wood tones with under-lighting and a custom mirrored backsplash for an authentic bar feel.

Adventures in Approaching Columns

Loft renovations in NYC tend to come with two common needs: how to fill all that space tastefully and how to work with those ever present columns. In the case of this loft kitchen renovation, it suited the industrial aesthetic not to wrap the concrete column as one typically would, but rather to leave it exposed, accentuating the raw character of the space. Partially as a result, the island expanded too, creating more room for functional additions such as a built-in microwave, wine fridge, and more open shelving to match the bar, outlined with a countertop overhang to optimize counter space and chair storage.

Anchored in Symmetry

With loft spaces unusually large as this one, a common NYC luxury kitchen design strategy is to anchor the kitchen on opposing sides - especially with high ceilings are involved. Here, one side is anchored by a large floor-to-ceiling pantry, while the other is anchored by the counter-depth fridge with cabinetry above. The connecting element is the counter space in the middle, resulting in the visual impact of a long kitchen run within the open floor plan of a loft.

Some Highlights

  • Entirely custom-built bar with custom mirrored backsplash templated specifically for this project
  • Large, oversized island with seating all around, open shelving, and built-in microwave
  • Subway backsplash tiles in clay rather than porcelain or marble
  • Olympian White marble countertops 

Considering a loft renovation in NYC? View our portfolio of loft renovation before and afters, learn more about Gallery, or contact us today.

We are an award-winning design-build firm in New York City with a full-service approach to residential renovations in Manhattan and Brooklyn that includes everything from interior design and architectural services to facilitating building management and board approval, to construction and construction management. We’re experts in renovating kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, millwork, and all that falls in between. Let Gallery bring your dream home to life.


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