Saturday, April 18, 2009

City Kitchen

This kitchen was inspired by the New York Times article that ran last week about how the $200,000 studio apartment is making a comeback in Manhattan. I suspect that with the exception of a very few cities (Tokyo comes to mind), $200,000 for a teeny box little over 200 square feet would be not be considered a bargain. Husband lived in a studio before we got married, although as these things go, it was a rather spacious bachelor pad at 480 square feet. Most studios have kitchens (if any) that are set along one wall of the main living space. Husband never cooked a single meal in his studio - go figure.

Most kitchens in the city are set up galley style - long and narrow, like in the galley of a ship - with counters and appliances set along two opposing walls.

Looking at these photos, I realize that the set up of this kitchen does remind me quite a bit of my own kitchen. Also as these things go, I realize that ours is pretty spacious and light-filled, with a large window overlooking the river on one end.

Truly, the sign of a roomy Manhattan kitchen is if two people can both fit in there and pass each other without turning and scooting sideways.

Rui and Moe usually manage to share the kitchen without bumping elbows too much.

Moe, like me, is pretty grumpy in the morning before she has her first cup of joe.

Kitchen set - Lundby.
Accessories - Plan Toys, Bratz, Wanju, Re-ment, Megahouse, DHE, Mighty World, Bertie's Dollhouse miniatures.


  1. Love the setup! I do think it is a very accurate view of a kitchen studio -- especially the part about fitting back-to-back with someone!

  2. Thanks, callsmall! It occurred to me while looking at the Stockholm house bathroom, that my real life bathroom is larger than my kitchen. Hence the setup.


  3. Great set-up, nice idea to use the bathroom as a kitchen! Looks just like the typically Norwegian kitchens that were built in the 60s and 70s flats, too.
    The pink food container reminds me - another typically Norwegian thing is the lunch box. Unlike your husband until recently most Norwegians made all they meals at home.