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8 Eat-in Kitchens

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In spaces small or large, an eat-in kitchen is a useful hub for singles and families alike. Here are 8 well-designed versions from the pages of Dwell.
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  The kitchen of a house in L.A. has open storage and cabinets and an island made of plywood. Priced out of the modern market and stuck with a fixer-upper that seemed unfixable, a young L.A. lawyer took matters into his own hands—and found a new career in the process.
 

    The kitchen of a house in L.A. has open storage and cabinets and an island made of plywood. Priced out of the modern market and stuck with a fixer-upper that seemed unfixable, a young L.A. lawyer took matters into his own hands—and found a new career in the process.

     

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  A pair of crafty designers on a serious budget show that though their apartment in Helsinki may be short on square footage, it’s long on charm. The family's activity centers around the open-plan dining room, which does triple-duty as a living room and kitchen. Photo by Petra Bindel.
 

    A pair of crafty designers on a serious budget show that though their apartment in Helsinki may be short on square footage, it’s long on charm. The family's activity centers around the open-plan dining room, which does triple-duty as a living room and kitchen. Photo by Petra Bindel.

     

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  A 1912 Wisconsin schoolhouse received a modernized kitchen with space for noshing as well as new cabinetry and appliances.

    A 1912 Wisconsin schoolhouse received a modernized kitchen with space for noshing as well as new cabinetry and appliances.

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  At a family's apartment in San Francisco, designer Jeff Sand’s Universal Chairs combine his love for classic French café chairs with an appreciation for “the beautiful metal casings on an old Moto Guzzi.” Sand Studios also designed the dining table and pendant lamp. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

    At a family's apartment in San Francisco, designer Jeff Sand’s Universal Chairs combine his love for classic French café chairs with an appreciation for “the beautiful metal casings on an old Moto Guzzi.” Sand Studios also designed the dining table and pendant lamp. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

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  On a shady street just off the main drag of Melbourne, Australia’s hippest inner suburb, a pair of creative types and their two kids have made a bright, cheery home by renovating an 1860s stable, oddly named “Villa Boston.” The large, naturally lit kitchen is the heart of the house. Messmate-clad cupboards and huge expanses of glass dominate the space where the family gathers for casual meals. Photo by Stephen Oxenbury.

    On a shady street just off the main drag of Melbourne, Australia’s hippest inner suburb, a pair of creative types and their two kids have made a bright, cheery home by renovating an 1860s stable, oddly named “Villa Boston.” The large, naturally lit kitchen is the heart of the house. Messmate-clad cupboards and huge expanses of glass dominate the space where the family gathers for casual meals. Photo by Stephen Oxenbury.

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  Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels. Aumas designed the kitchen island, which is covered in marble tiles from Carrelages du Marais and strung the matrix of lights up above it. The barstools by Charlotte Perriand were discovered in a vintage store in Antwerp, Belgium. The green wall is covered in paint from Emery & Cie. Photo by Christian Schaulin.

    Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels. Aumas designed the kitchen island, which is covered in marble tiles from Carrelages du Marais and strung the matrix of lights up above it. The barstools by Charlotte Perriand were discovered in a vintage store in Antwerp, Belgium. The green wall is covered in paint from Emery & Cie. Photo by Christian Schaulin.

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  When these full-time foodies renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right kitchen island. At breakfast, Arthur multitasks while seated at the dining table. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    When these full-time foodies renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right kitchen island. At breakfast, Arthur multitasks while seated at the dining table. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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  The top of Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living, which encompasses 921 square feet and 44 levels, is dedicated to a dining area and a kitchen outfitted with steel-topped cabinets.

    The top of Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living, which encompasses 921 square feet and 44 levels, is dedicated to a dining area and a kitchen outfitted with steel-topped cabinets.

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