Mise en Place

Philadelphia, PA

5 star space for a 5 star chef

The Union League of Philadelphia
600 sf
Architect and Interior Designer

Mise en Place is a 600 square foot chef’s demonstration kitchen that is part of the newly created culinary center at the Union League.  The space shares a large window wall into the main kitchen for first hand views, a window onto the sidewalk for advertisement of thriving activity, and a full glass doorway through the newly created wine rooms.   The efficiencies of the new kitchen design made it possible to capture this strategic space that was formerly a congested area of storage and outdated service equipment.   By enclosing the room and keeping the visual connection, the design offers the ability to have individual events, or full use of the culinary center for progressive events – wine tasting to dining.

The design capitalizes on the room proportions to align a 17 foot long counter seating fourteen participants, about the chef’s stainless steel work area.  An additional three hightops offer seating along the main kitchen window and have unimpeded views to the demonstration area.  The primary woodwork is a linear contemporary walnut with transitional details, and composes the dining counter and display shelving.  A soft grey and blue granite tops the counter, offset by the stainless work surface and hood.  The back counter is lines with walnut cabinets with glass mosaic wall treatment in tones of greys and browns.  The effect is similar to coveted home entertaining kitchen; comfortably warm, vibrant and contemporary.


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