Guest post: Marjory Segal

5659 CARAVAGGIO in ebony & white Fortuny Printed Cottons
Today Marjory Segal shares one of her latest projects – a kitchen based on our Caravaggio ebony & white.

It all began when the client and I decided to use Fortuny’s Caravaggio ebony & white fabric. Rather than place focus on the kitchen cabinets, stone counters, polished stainless appliances, flooring, and lighting, which are all important elements, we wanted one’s eye to focus on Fortuny.

The dramatic design content and ebony & white color of Caravaggio produced a bold architectural statement that was a natural complement to the white stone surfaces and stainless kitchen fixtures. Caravaggio was the drama, excitement, and punch that an all-white kitchen required to make a design statement. Fortuny was to be the focal point and create the heightened interest in the space.

The rest of the design evolved and revolved around the cabinets, flooring, appliances, stone counters, hardware, and lighting. This kitchen boasts a black, white, and gray palette. We selected appliances that emphasize high polished surfaces. Cabinets are clean and crisp, painted museum white so they will recede into the background of the space. The center island (and all counters), which show a pure snow white Caesar Stone surface, were painted Farrow & Ball’s “Plummet” – a warm, rich, gray shade. Walls and ceiling were painted a muted pale gray (also a Farrow & Ball color). Draperies and the roman shade positioned over the sink were fashioned from Fortuny Caravaggio in ebony and white. The other elements in the space – a black and white paisley Moroccan area carpet; an antique Swedish cabinet; a pair of traditional-with-a-modern-twist polished silver light fixtures showing white linen drum shades; and a Swedish table and chairs – emphasized the international mix of styles.

The kitchen’s design was first based on Fortuny. The rest of the design followed suit.