The Taylor Swift-Jack Antonoff kitchen raises eyebrows over the no-cabinet storage, but experts say it can 'simplify cooking'

The singer and her producer are all about saving time in the kitchen

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When Jack Antonoff posted a photo of his friend and collaborator Taylor Swift in his kitchen, fans were quick to analyze everything in the space. From the Le Creuset kettle to the Nespresso Pixie coffee maker, online discourse bloomed about each appliance and piece of cookware. 

However, as avid kitchen connoisseurs, the first thing that we noticed in the famed Taylor Swift-Jack Antonoff kitchen photo was the innovative overhead storage. Behind Taylor, in place of cabinets, Jack has open shelves on either side of the stove. 

Interior design experts say that Jack's no-cabinet kitchen decor has important benefits for style and function. 'First of all,' says NYC-based interior designer and founder of Arsight, Artem Kropovinky, 'The kitchen cabinet idea of using shelves around the stove simplifies cooking. The kitchen is made visually functional and efficient as essential equipment is placed where it is easily reachable.'

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Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, has a decade of extensive and considerable global design experience. Prioritizing minimalism, sustainability, and authenticity, Artem, alongside his team of professionals, works on projects in the US and worldwide.

Aside from the convenience, this kind of kitchen storage makes Jack Antonoff's kitchen more beautiful. Artem states, 'Opening up upper kitchen shelves allows your gorgeous dishes to function as decorative pieces. Kitchen shelving is more than pure storage for functional items. It is suitable for showing elegant dinner crockery as well as unusual culinary implements.

Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens says, 'Behind Taylor Swift, the open shelving gives us a view of Jack's beautiful copper pots and stylish splatterware dishes. These dishes make the kitchen feel warm and homey.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

Furthermore, experts say that open shelves will become a kitchen trend going forward. Artem told H&G, 'Kitchen open shelving will continue increasing its popularity in 2024. The concept falls in line with the modern trend towards personalized, functional spaces.'

If you are planning a kitchen remodel, consider if open shelves over the stove might be an effective alternative to cabinets in your home. After all, Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift swear by this storage method.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.