10 Minimalist Dream Kitchens

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August 13, 2013
"A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes it is the heart and soul of family life," writes celebrated tastemaker Sir Terence Conran in Kitchen Book. Here, we highlight 10 minimalist dream kitchens, from those outfitted with crisp cabinetry to sleek spaces with built-in appliances to those with petite footprints, all designed to make the room as pleasing to the eye as it is to cook in.
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  A few big ideas—and some careful workmanship—transform the very small kitchen of a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment into an expansive space suited to a young professional with a taste for design. The designers at Workstead devised a plan to use an offset grid of cabinets as a unifying element in slate gray that moves across the room and gives it a cool quietude. The backsplash tile is from Ann Sacks. Photo by: Jeremy Liebman  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

    A few big ideas—and some careful workmanship—transform the very small kitchen of a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment into an expansive space suited to a young professional with a taste for design. The designers at Workstead devised a plan to use an offset grid of cabinets as a unifying element in slate gray that moves across the room and gives it a cool quietude. The backsplash tile is from Ann Sacks. Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  The kitchen in Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder’s Valencia, Spain, flat is all white, down to the minimalist, lacquered Santos cabinets. When it comes to picking paint and fabric colors, Hayon advocates for grayed-out hues. “My recommendation is that even when you use bolder colors make sure they have a percentage of gray in them,” he says. “If you use yellow, it should be yellow-gray. If a green is used it should be a green-gray.” Photo by: Nienke Klunder  Photo by: Nienke Klunder

    The kitchen in Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder’s Valencia, Spain, flat is all white, down to the minimalist, lacquered Santos cabinets. When it comes to picking paint and fabric colors, Hayon advocates for grayed-out hues. “My recommendation is that even when you use bolder colors make sure they have a percentage of gray in them,” he says. “If you use yellow, it should be yellow-gray. If a green is used it should be a green-gray.” Photo by: Nienke Klunder

    Photo by: Nienke Klunder

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  In Peter Østergaard's renovated fisherman's cottage in Copenhagen, architect Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen designed false fronts that look like drawers to conceal appliances and create a uniform look. Photo by: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen  Photo by: Jonas Bjerre-Polsen

    In Peter Østergaard's renovated fisherman's cottage in Copenhagen, architect Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen designed false fronts that look like drawers to conceal appliances and create a uniform look. Photo by: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

    Photo by: Jonas Bjerre-Polsen

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  To impart a high-design feel to the kitchen in a recently renovated Los Feliz house, architect Mike Jacobs wrapped cabinetry from Ikea with a marble countertop and designed built-in bookshelves around the space to help unify the area. The hood is by Zephyr, the cooktop is by Miele, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the ovens are by GE Monogram, and the stand mixer is by KitchenAid. The Sebastian barstools and Trådig fruit bowl are also from Ikea. Photo by: Floto + Warner  Photo by: Floto + Warner

    To impart a high-design feel to the kitchen in a recently renovated Los Feliz house, architect Mike Jacobs wrapped cabinetry from Ikea with a marble countertop and designed built-in bookshelves around the space to help unify the area. The hood is by Zephyr, the cooktop is by Miele, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the ovens are by GE Monogram, and the stand mixer is by KitchenAid. The Sebastian barstools and Trådig fruit bowl are also from Ikea. Photo by: Floto + Warner

    Photo by: Floto + Warner

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  In paring back the Mill Valley residence he shares with his wife and Dwell founder Lara Deam, architect Chris Deam kept the color palette as simple as possible. Limiting the surfaces to either painted white or stained black allows colorful art, objects, furniture, and people to really pop. Photo by: Dustin Aksland  Photo by: Dustin Aksland

    In paring back the Mill Valley residence he shares with his wife and Dwell founder Lara Deam, architect Chris Deam kept the color palette as simple as possible. Limiting the surfaces to either painted white or stained black allows colorful art, objects, furniture, and people to really pop. Photo by: Dustin Aksland

    Photo by: Dustin Aksland

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  The kitchen cabinetry in the Desert House, custom designed by the Marmol Radziner and Associates, is smooth brown teak. The faucet is by Hansgrohe, and the dishwasher is by Bosch. Photo by: Daniel Hennessy  Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    The kitchen cabinetry in the Desert House, custom designed by the Marmol Radziner and Associates, is smooth brown teak. The faucet is by Hansgrohe, and the dishwasher is by Bosch. Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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  Cold-rolled steel walls lend a bluish tint to the kitchen of a Phoenix, Arizona, house, which features cabinetry made of NAP, or North American plywood—a very dense plywood with a natural chocolate-colored finish. Photo by: Gregg Segal  Photo by: Gregg Segal

    Cold-rolled steel walls lend a bluish tint to the kitchen of a Phoenix, Arizona, house, which features cabinetry made of NAP, or North American plywood—a very dense plywood with a natural chocolate-colored finish. Photo by: Gregg Segal

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  A pop of color in the kitchen cabinets of a New Zealand residence refers to the native greenery outside and offset the concrete island. Photo by Matthew Williams.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams

    A pop of color in the kitchen cabinets of a New Zealand residence refers to the native greenery outside and offset the concrete island. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  Designer Suchi Reddy deployed a kitchen system and rolling island by Henrybuilt in a renovated West Village apartment. “My directive was to create something very comfortable, calm, textural, and modern,” she explains.  Photo by: Ball & Albanese

    Designer Suchi Reddy deployed a kitchen system and rolling island by Henrybuilt in a renovated West Village apartment. “My directive was to create something very comfortable, calm, textural, and modern,” she explains.

    Photo by: Ball & Albanese

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  By designing the custom cabinetry themselves, and journeying outside Houston to have them made, Row on 25th residents Tina and Matthew Ford saved a bundle—money that they invested in appliances such as this highly efficient dishwasher from Asko, a Professional Series range from Bertazzoni, and an Energy Star–rated BI-30U fridge by Sub-Zero. Photo by: Jack Thompson  Photo by: Jack Thompson

    By designing the custom cabinetry themselves, and journeying outside Houston to have them made, Row on 25th residents Tina and Matthew Ford saved a bundle—money that they invested in appliances such as this highly efficient dishwasher from Asko, a Professional Series range from Bertazzoni, and an Energy Star–rated BI-30U fridge by Sub-Zero. Photo by: Jack Thompson

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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