A Muskoka Kitchen by Paolo Ferrari Embraces the Beauty of Nature

Muskoka is an Ontario getaway location synonymous with glowing freshwater lakes and rocky outcroppings — and the generally sprawling, in excess of-the-leading cottages nestled together with them. Paolo Ferrari’s customer was just after some thing a lot more understated for his lakeside getaway. The objective was to enhance the purely natural environment, somewhat than overwhelm it. His Toronto studio sent with a masterfully pared-again inside that allows the resplendent vistas do the conversing. “For us, this job was about the views and minimizing distractions. It’s all about reconnecting with nature,” says Ferrari.

View of the dining area and kitchen space inside Studio Paolo Ferrari's Muskoka Cottage project

Large home windows from Bigfoot Door ring the kitchen area, strengthening the interior’s link to the all-natural environment.

Close-up of the granite kitchen island and whitewashed douglas fir full-height cabinets

Whitewashed Douglas fir clads the cathedral-like ceiling and a wall of whole-top cupboards.

Circumstance in position: the bespoke kitchen, which opens to the dining place and major living space and appears to be out on to a granite escarpment a mere two and a fifty percent metres from the substantial windows that operate the size of the countertop. Expertly crafted millwork by the GTA’s BL Woodworking & Layout — in the similar regionally sourced whitewashed Douglas fir that kinds the pitched ceiling and clads the rest of the home’s interior — conceals an built-in Miele refrigerator and espresso device, as nicely as all storage. 

Cupboards and drawers have integrated pulls somewhat than hardware, with a refined alter in the wooden grain to increase dimension whilst remaining inconspicuous. Even more accentuating the perception of seamlessness is the flooring, created in Denmark from limed Douglas fir planks (the only imported product used in the job) to match the cladding and cabinetry. “The kitchen is intended to mix into the architecture, as opposed to serving as anything expressive,” claims Ferrari. 

View of the kitchen inside Studio Paolo Ferrari's Muskoka Cottage project

A mammoth organically shaped Muskoka granite island is offset by cleanlined Douglas fir cabinets and Cambria quartz counter tops.

That restraint is offset by a monumental island — a huge unfinished block of stable granite sourced from a regional quarry. About 3.3 metres very long by 1.2 metres huge and weighing several tonnes, the stone was approximately shaped applying equipment supposed for splitting rocks and rolled into area across reliable steel rods. While the kitchen quietly blends in with the rest of the flooring system, the island makes an emphatic relationship to the escarpment just exterior. 

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