When it comes to kitchen stools, it’s important to get it right. Shamshiri swears by the popular BassamFellows Tractor bar stools. The Square Guest stool by BDDW is another favorite. “This has become our new go-to stool because the legs don’t splay out,” she says. “Kids have an easier time with this one. It’s very indestructible and it’s more comfortable than it looks.”
Throughout Studio Shamshiri’s kitchens, you’ll see tile being used over and over again, in numerous forms, colors, and applications. In a Manhattan loft, BDDW tiles add a handcrafted touch. Shamshiri is also a big fan of zellige tile—“it’s one of the oldest processes as far as making tiles,” she explains. “There’s something appetizing and yummy about that.”
Floors are another opportunity to create a striking tile moment. One project shows a black terra-cotta tile floor, while another features reclaimed cement tile in a white-and-yellow checkerboard pattern. Both materials were purchased from Exquisite Surfaces.
Hardworking, integrated appliances
When it comes to appliances, Shamshiri has a handful of go-to tricks. One is integrating appliances to match the look of the surrounding cabinets. “If we want an industrial element, we embrace the stainless,” she says. “But normally we like things warm—most of the time we’re integrating.” When the firm does so, it tends to use Miele appliances, “because of the way they do their ventilation—it’s at the back and not at the top or bottom, so you can really achieve the seamless look,” she explains.
Another appliance feature she sees coming up more and more: steam ovens, or combination convection and steam ovens. Her favorite sources are Miele for the former and Thermador for the latter. “That is a welcome introduction to our kitchens,