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From a single sheet to a shiny-metal extravaganza, stainless steel remains a very viable way of modernizing your kitchen. Here are 9 ways to incorporate the low-maintenance material.
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By introducing chic new elements, a Belgian couple takes a gentle approach to transforming a tired house into a vibrant workshop. For the new kitchen, they incorporated a Smeg cooktop, oven, and range hood, stainless steel cabinets from Habitat, and personal accessories like a prototype goblet. Photo by Tim Van de Velde. 

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Originally appeared in A Clever Belgian Couple Renovate Their Aging Brick Home
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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, Pica

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. 

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Burnished concrete floors complement the stainless steel doors, refrigerators, and kitchen cabinets.

Edge Studio's apartment building, with its glass-and-steel facade, is a glowing example of the urban renaissance that's gripping Steel City. Burnished concrete floors complement the stainless steel doors, refrigerators, and kitchen cabinets. Photo by Roger Davies. 

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An elegant palette of materials defines the open kitchen. The rear counter is sanded stainless steel; the island counter is Purpleheart (an exotic hardwood) with a range by Dacor.

Though the obstacles they faced were formidable, this couple’s perserverance brought them closer together and made their dream home in Phoenix, Arizona, a reality. An elegant palette of materials defines the open kitchen. The rear counter is sanded stainless steel; the island counter is Purpleheart (an exotic hardwood) with a range by Dacor. Photo by Daniel Hennessy. 

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Hachigian and daughter Sosi in the renovated kitchen, which opens up to an outdoor dining terrace. The dining table was reconditioned from a language lab, its top wrapped in stainless steel. Dining chairs are by Kartell.

Leaving the bustle of Washington, D.C., architect Joe Day and his wife, Nina Hachigian, return to California and discover that life in a single-family dwelling isn't as isolated as they had feared. Nina Hachigian and daughter Sosi in the renovated kitchen, which opens up to an outdoor dining terrace. The dining table was reconditioned from a language lab, its top wrapped in stainless steel. Dining chairs are by Kartell. Photo by Gregg Segal.

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There are precious few decorative flourishes in the house; the architects put their faith in line, form, and materials. Concrete, stainless steel, and birch were used in the kitchen, where not an inch of space goes unused.

In a code-happy L.A. suburb, how do you break the mold without breaking the law? Architects Alice Fung and Michael Blatt steer clear of anarchy with a little democratic design. There are precious few decorative flourishes in the house; the architects put their faith in line, form, and materials. Concrete, stainless steel, and birch were used in the kitchen, where not an inch of space goes unused. Photo by Dave Lauridsen. 

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Stainless steel Bulthaup kitchen

Typography guru Erik Spiekermann and his wife, designer Susanna Dulkinys, hate 
clutter. That’s why they love the supersleek Berlin domicile they constructed to have 
just the right lines—and a host of energy-saving features behind the scenes. The stainless-steel Bulthaup kitchen “cost as much as a small house,” said Spiekermann, though he did get a discount: Bulthaup is one of his clients. Photo by Pia Ulin. 

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Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their fourth-floor condominium to include a custom Bulthaup kitchen.

When these full-time foodies renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right kitchen island. Editor-in-chief Sam Grawe invites himself over to sample the fruits of their labor. Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their fourth-floor condominium to include a custom Bulthaup kitchen. Photo by Matthew Williams. 

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Modern kitchen with Rich Brilliant Willing overhead lighting

Designer Barbara Hill applies her polished take on minimalism to a traditional 1920s abode in Atlanta for a transplanted Houston family. Hill had the overhead lighting in the kitchen customized by Rich Brilliant Willing in a pert orange that accents the primarily black-and-white interior scheme. She added a stainless-steel kitchen island by Bulthaup, its glossiness and “clean feel” tempered by the plastic stacking stools designed by Konstantin Grcic for Magis. The cabinets, appliances, countertops, and marble tile were kept as-is, with the addition of several coats of white paint in order to blend seamlessly with the walls. Photo by Gregory Miller. 

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For Erik and Ivana Gonzalez, the design of their kitchen—and every other room in the house—was truly a family affair. Stainless-steel appliances, including the Sub-Zero refrigerator, Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, and Viking oven and cooktop, are seamlessly integrated with the natural maple paneling that Erik used here and throughout the house. The marble used for the countertops is Bianco Carrara. “It’s just a very clean palette,” he explains. Photo by Peter Yang. 

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belgian renovation interior kitchen

By introducing chic new elements, a Belgian couple takes a gentle approach to transforming a tired house into a vibrant workshop. For the new kitchen, they incorporated a Smeg cooktop, oven, and range hood, stainless steel cabinets from Habitat, and personal accessories like a prototype goblet. Photo by Tim Van de Velde. 

Photo by Tim Van de Velde.

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