A Kitchen Designer Shares His Tricks for an Always-Tidy Space

Matthew Ferrarini is changing how America designs kitchens. Good flow and smart, hidden functionality keep his projects sharp and streamlined.

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With Grodon Ramsay, who tapped him to design his executive chef’s kitchen.

Matthew Ferrarini likes to get personal.“I’m absolutely fascinated by learning about my clients, to the point where it can get awkward sometimes,” jokes the designer, who runs Philadelphia-​based Ferrarini & Co. with his mother, Donna. But that’s only because he knows a successful kitchen is one that’s fine-tuned to its owner’s needs.

When Ferrarini founded the company 10 years ago with his mom, he was fresh out of college. They took on “any project we could.” But they soon found a niche: “We did our first kitchen, and I fell in love,” he recalls. “I knew right then I wanted to learn everything I possibly could about kitchens.” He did—and does—by scouring trade shows and fairs around the globe in constant search of new materials and technology (he attributes his love of research to a prelaw background). In the end, he says it’s well worth it: “The value that a client gets from this kind of renovation is transfor­mative.”


Matthew's 5 Tricks for an Always-Tidy Kitchen


Good flow and smart, hidden functionality keep Ferrarini’s projects looking sharp.

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A streamlined wooden wall conceals appliances and extra storage and counter space in this Ferrarini & Co. kitchen.
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1. Tuck it away.

Have a lot of stuff, but don’t want to see everything all the time? For this family kitchen, Ferrarini used folding wood pocket doors to conceal not only counter­- top gadgets but an entire wall of cabinets and appliances (see far left).

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Behind the doors.
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2. Organize by function.

“The three things I consider are flow, function, and feeling,” Ferrarini says of his designs. By consolidating toasters and coffee makers along one wall, the rest of this kitchen stays clear for serious cooking.

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In a Scandinavian-inspired kitchen, one wooden block of cabinets is an alternative to chunky uppers.
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3. Skip cabinet pulls.

Inspired by Scandinavian and German minimalist design, Ferrarini ditched traditional cabinet uppers in favor of one long block of storage in this city kitchen. Touch-latch doors keep it streamlined.

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A wet bar hidden in a credenza custom designed by Ferrarini.
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4. Use furniture for storage.

“I have a pet peeve about too much cabinetry,” Ferrarini explains. So to create more storage, this genius credenza was custom-designed to hide a full wet bar (complete with a fold-down faucet).

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A fold-down faucet lets the sink fit neatly away.
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5. Put more in drawers.

Cabinets may get all the attention, but deep drawers can often be more functional. Above, a refrigerated bottle drawer keeps cocktail mixers cool, at the ready—and off of the easily cluttered countertop.


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