Kitchen of the Week: The Upper East Side Kitchen of a “Girls” Director

Tricia Brock Upper East Side New York Kitchen

When Tricia Brock, a director for HBO shows such as Girls, Breaking Bad, and Silicon Valley, bought her Upper East Side one-bedroom apartment in a prewar co-op building, it was dark and “had a schizophrenic feel,” according to her architects, Andrés Ulises Cortés and Sarrah Khan of Agencie. “The front of the apartment had a bank of windows, which allows a pleasant wash of northern light into the space, but the back was a warren of cubbied-off spaces facing a sky well, resulting in a suffocating set of rooms,” Khan says.

To remedy the situation, Cortés and Khan opened up the dark, L-shaped galley kitchen; working with Henrybuilt, they anchored the space with a small but functional island and added glamorous touches (a marble backsplash and brass-trimmed lighting via interior designer George Terbovich). Join us for a tour.

Photography courtesy of Agencie.

Tricia Brock Upper East Side New York Kitchen
Above: The architects leveled the existing kitchen floor, which had been raised to allow for a drain line, and installed a wood floor, which they painted dark gray (Brock wanted to establish a kitchen zone to distinguish the space from the rest of the apartment, which has stained oak flooring). The kitchen cabinets, countertops, and butcher block island were designed by Henrybuilt. The service door to the left is one of the few remaining elements from the original kitchen,

Tricia Brock Upper East Side New York Kitchen
Above: The faucet is a Waterworks Henry One Hole Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet in matte nickel. A pair of Sawkille Co. Bleached Maple Sickens Finish Bar Stools provides counter seating. The co-op’s reviewing architect was Elliot Glass, a man known as a thwarter of renovations (see the New York Times article This Man Could Ruin Your Renovation Plans). “Our approval process with Glass centered on demonstrating to him that new technology could coexist with the old building,” Khan says.
Tricia Brock Upper East Side New York Kitchen
Above: Appliances include a Wolf 30-Inch E Series Transitional Built-In Oven, a Wolf 30-Inch Transitional Gas Cooktop, and a Futuro 32-Inch Insert Linervent Hood. On the cooktop is a Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven in Flame and to the right a Dualit Cordless Jug Kettle. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Electric Tea Kettles for more.)
Tricia Brock Upper East Side New York Kitchen
Above: The refrigerator is concealed behind an integrated panel that disappears into built-in storage to the left. On the kitchen island, the designers used oversize White Muuto Dots as drawer pulls. The large glass and brass pendant light is an antique from Dallas sourced by Terbovich.
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