That’s the mantra of Marcia Butler, owner of Marcia Butler Interior
Design of New York, who has worked with gourmet kitchens as small
as 7 feet by 7 feet. And even though her focus as an interior designer
is typically on the larger, big-ticket items such as cabinetry and large
appliances, her expertise is something that gourmet retailers can share
with consumers who dream about redoing their small city kitchens.
“My typical client is anyone who wants a fantastic space that reflects
how they want to live, with their own unique aesthetic. My mission
is to help clients dream the dream,” said Butler in an interview with
Gourmet Business. “For kitchens, function is key and every inch counts,
especially in city kitchens.”
Much of her advice feels like good therapy for the kitchen-space-ob-sessed, such as this nugget: “Clear the decks. Counters must be clean
of gadgets that just sit there and are used once in a while. You must
be able to prepare food even in a small kitchen. Be ruthless and smart
about what you actually use and what is a gift from long ago that you
never use,” Butler recommended.
Similarly, a good rule of thumb comes from Philipp Beyeler, industrial
designer at Kuhn Rikon. He recommends consumers buy specialty
kitchenware and gadgets that they plan to use at least once a month.
The sink and its accessories can eat up a lot of space in a city kitchen.
“For the sink, get a dish rack that has a drainage component to it.
When you put a dish rack on the counter next to the sink, it is a waste
of space. Also, have a soap dispenser cut into the stone for less stuff
on the counter,” Butler said.