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Minimal USA Designs Grimshaw Architects' New York City Office

Jan. 9th, 2012 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment   
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The Italian design dynamos at Minimal USA, a firm that provides bespoke solutions for kitchens and baths, have been busy redesigning the new home of Grimshaw Architects, an innovative New York-based architectural studio.

Grimshaw Architects, a commercial design firm, recently moved headquarters from Tribeca to Chelsea into a building facing the Hudson River. As a top leader in their field, they needed to transform their new warehouse home into a space worthy of the high standards of the architectural company. To help improve the look of the place, Minimal USA Design Director Stefano Venier teamed up with Grimshaw Head of Industrial Design Casimir Zdanius to design the lobby and kitchen of the former manufacturing quarters to create an open, industrial and super modern aesthetic.


In the 1,800-square-foot lobby space, the offices feature a stunning custom reception desk. The modern desk was created with nearly a dozen coats of Glam white matte lacquer with black melamine F4star certified, black Intivo drawers by Blum soft. The drawers include a closing mechanism with no kick-plate (a protective sheet of metal at the bottom). It also boasts a Corian top with an under mounted custom aluminum channel for cables.

Also in the deceptively simple-looking lobby is a hidden kitchen area, providing a quick pit stop for staff that may not have time to head to the full kitchen found upstairs. Eleven coats of white matte lacquer, light gray melamine interiors with F4star certified Hettich drawers decorate the space. A clever mechanism closes drawers quietly and completes the look and accessibility of the storage space, and the Corian countertops and full height backsplash add a bit of luxury, too. With nary a plate in site, the clever kitchen is a sleek oasis.


Upstairs, the designers mirrored the downstairs kitchen but added more details into the larger space. The area boasts a Verve island, custom wood tables with stainless steel legs designed by Casimir Zdanius. Under the cabinets is LED lighting and faucets by Newform with instant sparkling water system and filtered water.

The new project features the clean aesthetic that Minimal USA delivers consistently, along with special attention to detail and space in conjunction with their devotion to using environmentally friendly materials that are specially used for each project. The cleverly designed Grimshaw Architects' offices contain hallmarks of the Minimal USA attention to detail and extremely modern yet functional ways to hide appliances and clutter, whether in a commercial or private kitchen. Visit MinimalUSA.com/ to see more.

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