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6 Homes Fit for Chefs

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We can learn a thing or two from foodies about kitchen design, as the following modern Dwell kitchen-centric homes—the stuff that culinary dreams are made of—so elegantly prove.
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  When full-time foodies Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right island. Photo by Matthew Williams.  Photo by: Matthew Williams

    When full-time foodies Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right island. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Reflected in the Bulthaup System 20’s gleaming stainless-steel surface, Chelsea uses a pastry bag to pipe the marshmallow kisses onto her s’mores tart. Photo by Matthew Williams.   Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Reflected in the Bulthaup System 20’s gleaming stainless-steel surface, Chelsea uses a pastry bag to pipe the marshmallow kisses onto her s’mores tart. Photo by Matthew Williams

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Designer John Picard isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, or washing the sand off his feet in the bathroom. This ecological pioneer’s half-lot home is designed for maximum efficiency—and comfort. Opening onto the open-plan living and dining rooms, the aluminum Bulthaup System 20 kitchen with its nine-foot-long stainless steel island and Miele appliances has become a focal point of the house. Pressed in one seamless sheet of steel, the island, Picard says with the obvious pride of a satisfied customer, “is an amazing piece of engineering.” Photo by Gregg Segal.   Photo by: Gregg Segal

    Designer John Picard isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, or washing the sand off his feet in the bathroom. This ecological pioneer’s half-lot home is designed for maximum efficiency—and comfort. Opening onto the open-plan living and dining rooms, the aluminum Bulthaup System 20 kitchen with its nine-foot-long stainless steel island and Miele appliances has become a focal point of the house. Pressed in one seamless sheet of steel, the island, Picard says with the obvious pride of a satisfied customer, “is an amazing piece of engineering.” Photo by Gregg Segal

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  Picard and his daughter, Alexis, who visits on weekends, enjoy cooking fresh ingredients like fish or artichokes in the Miele steam oven. The translucent glass wall provides plenty of natural light and gives the aluminum-and-stainless-steel kitchen a soft white glow. Photo by Gregg Segal.   Photo by: Gregg Segal

    Picard and his daughter, Alexis, who visits on weekends, enjoy cooking fresh ingredients like fish or artichokes in the Miele steam oven. The translucent glass wall provides plenty of natural light and gives the aluminum-and-stainless-steel kitchen a soft white glow. Photo by Gregg Segal

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  Behind a traditional colonial in Lima, an angular house attuned to its site takes shape. The dining area holds an adjunct kitchen designed for the homeowner, a chef; the table base was repurposed from one from her former restaurant. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    Behind a traditional colonial in Lima, an angular house attuned to its site takes shape. The dining area holds an adjunct kitchen designed for the homeowner, a chef; the table base was repurposed from one from her former restaurant. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  In this chef-friendly house in Maui, Hawaii, bamboo plywood is used throughout the house for all integrated furniture, including the kitchen cabinets. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.   Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    In this chef-friendly house in Maui, Hawaii, bamboo plywood is used throughout the house for all integrated furniture, including the kitchen cabinets. Photo by Cristóbal Palma

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

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  “We wanted a big kitchen to live in, not a small, technical place to cook,” says Guido Chiavelli, who returns from work every day to have lunch with his wife and son at their renovated farmhouse in the Italian countryside. At the far end, a glass ceiling presents an open-air feeling. “Cooking while it’s raining is fascinating,” he says. Photo by Helenio Barbetta.  Photo by: Helenio Barbetta

    “We wanted a big kitchen to live in, not a small, technical place to cook,” says Guido Chiavelli, who returns from work every day to have lunch with his wife and son at their renovated farmhouse in the Italian countryside. At the far end, a glass ceiling presents an open-air feeling. “Cooking while it’s raining is fascinating,” he says. Photo by Helenio Barbetta.

    Photo by: Helenio Barbetta

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  The architect placed the kitchen windows at eye level so that the couple would be able to see their son, Rocco, playing in the yard outside. Photo by Helenio Barbetta.  Photo by: Helenio Barbetta

    The architect placed the kitchen windows at eye level so that the couple would be able to see their son, Rocco, playing in the yard outside. Photo by Helenio Barbetta.

    Photo by: Helenio Barbetta

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  Eric Ripert invited Dwell into his personal kitchen he co-designed with Poggenpohl—with Miele appliances—and made us the perfect cod basquaise. Photo by Christopher Sturman.  Photo by: Christopher Sturman

    Eric Ripert invited Dwell into his personal kitchen he co-designed with Poggenpohl—with Miele appliances—and made us the perfect cod basquaise. Photo by Christopher Sturman.

    Photo by: Christopher Sturman

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