7 Smart Space-Saving Kitchen Designs

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December 2, 2013
From custom white oak cabinets to bright orange Plexiglas cubbies, these seven kitchens create thoughtful solutions to difficult space issues.
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  For Dawn Casale and Dave Crofton (and their new little addition), an ample, but budget-friendly kitchen was on top of the list before making the move from their previous residence in Cobble Hill to their 2,400-square-foot townhouse in Boerum Hill, as featured in our Modern for Less issue. Photo by Matthew Williams.  Photo by: Matthew Williams

    For Dawn Casale and Dave Crofton (and their new little addition), an ample, but budget-friendly kitchen was on top of the list before making the move from their previous residence in Cobble Hill to their 2,400-square-foot townhouse in Boerum Hill, as featured in our Modern for Less issue. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser has all he needs in his compact, 580-square-foot Hollywood abode. Funn Roberts worked with Kartheiser’s existing appliances in the kitchen, trading the old cabinetry for new teak. Photo by Joe Pugliese.  Photo by: Joe Pugliese

    Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser has all he needs in his compact, 580-square-foot Hollywood abode. Funn Roberts worked with Kartheiser’s existing appliances in the kitchen, trading the old cabinetry for new teak. Photo by Joe Pugliese.

    Photo by: Joe Pugliese

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  For a Toronto couple with a love of minimalist Japanese architecture, a sleek, storage-packed kitchen was the first priority in their home's renovation. The white oak used for the cabinets, kitchen island, and dining table is finished with double-boiled linseed oil, which can be reapplied by the homeowners as the wood mellows and patinas. Photo by Bob Gundu.  Photo by: Bob Gundu

    For a Toronto couple with a love of minimalist Japanese architecture, a sleek, storage-packed kitchen was the first priority in their home's renovation. The white oak used for the cabinets, kitchen island, and dining table is finished with double-boiled linseed oil, which can be reapplied by the homeowners as the wood mellows and patinas. Photo by Bob Gundu.

    Photo by: Bob Gundu

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  Seeking more space and a connection with the city, an artist and a designer turn an old Toronto storefront in Dundas West into a home and studio. To keep vases, dishes, and small appliances handy but off the countertop, Sawatzky designed two niches within a wall of deep cabinets. Inset outlets supply power; butcher block lines all sides; and Plexiglas doors provide hits of bright orange. Plastic World, a local dealer, custom-cut the Plexiglas for the storage cubby which sits beneath a photo by artist Chris Curreri. Photo by Naomi Finlay.  Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Seeking more space and a connection with the city, an artist and a designer turn an old Toronto storefront in Dundas West into a home and studio. To keep vases, dishes, and small appliances handy but off the countertop, Sawatzky designed two niches within a wall of deep cabinets. Inset outlets supply power; butcher block lines all sides; and Plexiglas doors provide hits of bright orange. Plastic World, a local dealer, custom-cut the Plexiglas for the storage cubby which sits beneath a photo by artist Chris Curreri. Photo by Naomi Finlay.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

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  Architect Janet Bloomberg infused a mid-century kitchen with her 21st-century taste to create a whimsical yet thoughtful new space. The eye-popping laminated cabinets are from Abet Laminati in Bloomberg's favorite colors. The gray walls are made from Viroc, a substance typically used to underlay other building materials. Photo by Greg Powers.

    Architect Janet Bloomberg infused a mid-century kitchen with her 21st-century taste to create a whimsical yet thoughtful new space. The eye-popping laminated cabinets are from Abet Laminati in Bloomberg's favorite colors. The gray walls are made from Viroc, a substance typically used to underlay other building materials. Photo by Greg Powers.

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  In an up-and-coming area of Copenhagen, a pair of designers and their twin girls inhabit a converted loft, filling it with serious design savvy and a hefty dose of creativity. Twin daughters Merle and Anine join their parents in the family’s kitchen, designed by Jensen for Vipp. He explains that his role as chief designer at Vipp is to “work with their DNA” by refining the company’s trademark materials: stainless steel, painted metal, and rubber. For the utilitarian kitchen, “we wanted to get the feeling of a tool,” he says. “It’s nice to have a space where you can actually work.” The gas stovetop is by ABK and the refrigerator is by Smeg; Le Perroquet spotlights are from iGuzzini. Photo by Anders Hviid.  Photo by: Anders Hviid

    In an up-and-coming area of Copenhagen, a pair of designers and their twin girls inhabit a converted loft, filling it with serious design savvy and a hefty dose of creativity. Twin daughters Merle and Anine join their parents in the family’s kitchen, designed by Jensen for Vipp. He explains that his role as chief designer at Vipp is to “work with their DNA” by refining the company’s trademark materials: stainless steel, painted metal, and rubber. For the utilitarian kitchen, “we wanted to get the feeling of a tool,” he says. “It’s nice to have a space where you can actually work.” The gas stovetop is by ABK and the refrigerator is by Smeg; Le Perroquet spotlights are from iGuzzini. Photo by Anders Hviid.

    Photo by: Anders Hviid

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  American history lives on in a family’s Tribeca, New York, loft after a renovation by a couple of enterprising architects. Custom kitchen cabinets designed by Pulltab and fabricated by Maciek Winiarczyk hold mostly vintage ironstone that Geiger has found at flea markets and estate sales over the past 20 years. “I love white,” she says, “because I think food always looks better on it.” She also collects vintage wooden cutting boards, shown resting against the marble tile backsplash from Stone Source. Photo by João Canziani.  Photo by: João Canziani

    American history lives on in a family’s Tribeca, New York, loft after a renovation by a couple of enterprising architects. Custom kitchen cabinets designed by Pulltab and fabricated by Maciek Winiarczyk hold mostly vintage ironstone that Geiger has found at flea markets and estate sales over the past 20 years. “I love white,” she says, “because I think food always looks better on it.” She also collects vintage wooden cutting boards, shown resting against the marble tile backsplash from Stone Source. Photo by João Canziani.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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