Art Deco - Skyscraper style kitchen

New Art Deco Paul Frankl Skyscraper style fitted kitchen designs in wood & lacquered finishes

This kitchen page was 1.5 years in getting started, for a couple of reasons. The client sacked their remodeller/installer after we designed this, and then had the long delay getting back on track. The Kitchen is only being finished late 2023. Our main reason for not starting the web page(s) for this was due to where do we start with this? The kitchen was almost an after thought on this project. We were initially asked to produce 2 smallish Paul Frankl reproduction Skyscraper style bookcases for the open plan living area. Then we were asked to design and make a reproduction Paul Frankl Skyscraper style long tall bookcase to go along 1 wall of the living room. As this progressed were then asked to design the kitchen, to be made locally. The kitchen design had to tie in visually with the Frankl style furniture in the open plan living space. The final kitchen design added a large Paul Frankl Skyscraper tall bookcase-dinin table, that would act as a visual seperation between the kitchen and the living area; that would in part hide much of the kitchen and also provide a dining area. This piece of art furniture dominates the living room.

From that simple kitchen design brief we must have gone through 12 different designs for what is not the largest kitchen, with an untold number of design and finish variations. The client knew exactly what he wanted but struggled to express it, hence the number of designs. Until we eventually arrived at the finished design. The reason for this preamble is to explain the sheer number of design drawings we produced. All of these designs will be of interest to anyone looking to have a Paul Frankl / Skyscraper style kitchen designed, and many of the ideas drawn could be adapted to your own kitchen. So we decided to show all the main kitchen designs we did over several web pages.

This kitchen design treats the kitchen furniture in an architectural way to create some very strong Art Deco lines. There is a lot of influence in these designs from the Art Deco architect designer Paul Frankl. Design is a process, and these pages show the progression of the kitchen designs from beginning to the finished kitchen. These designs are intended as a series of ideas for planning your kitchen, they can be varied endlessly. The kitchen furniture is part of the wider Condo look, and needed to be planned to fit into the wider scheme.


Click on the photo links below for lots more designs and the finished kitchen;
New Art Deco Paul Frankl Skyscraper style fitted kitchen designs in lacquered finishes New Art Deco Paul Frankl Skyscraper style fitted kitchen designs in lacquered finishes
New Art Deco stepped Skyscraper style fitted kitchen wall units New Art Deco stepped Skyscraper style fitted kitchen with Paul Frankl bookcase-dining table in wood and lacquered finishes
New Art Deco stepped Skyscraper style fitted kitchen with Paul Frankl bookcase-dining table in wood and lacquered finishes New Art Deco stepped Skyscraper style fitted kitchen with Paul Frankl bookcase-dining table in wood and lacquered finishes
New Art Deco Paul Frankl Skyscraper style fitted kitchen and bookcase dining table in wood & lacquered finishes

The 'Before' photos of the Condo;
Condo living room with view of the Chicago skyscrapers view of the Chicago skyscrapers
Condo living room looking towards the kitchen The old kitchen
Condo living room with view of the Chicago skyscrapers

The star of this condo is without doubt the stunning panoramic views over the tops of the skyscrapers in downtown Chicago, with the sea in the distance. The client is fan of Art Deco style, especially Paul Frankl, and wanted echo the Skyscraper look in the interior. I have only the highest respect for them pushing us to achieve such wonderful furniture and being brave enough to not play it safe. The other photos show the old kitchen & living room. The design below shows the re-designed condo living space. The tall long bookcase along the living room wall was based on a Paul Frankl bookcase, but was extended, with lower units to drop below the wall mounted TV. The aim was to visually lead the eye from the skyline of the bookcases out to the buildings skyline. You can also clearly see how the large bookcase-dining table acts as a room divider between the kitchen and living room areas. And it also conceals half of the kitchen from the living area. Plus it incorporates a dining table which can seat 4 people; or if only 1-2 people the chairs can be placed on the kitchen side of the table so they can look at the view while eating.


Condo showing the new kitchen and bookcases;
New Art Deco Paul Frankl Skyscraper style fitted kitchen designs in wood & lacquered finishes

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