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December 5, 2012

From an inviting kitchen in a charmingly renovated cypress clad home to a hand-hewn elm galley atop a houseboat to a peek at the glossy blue cabinets inside the iconic Miller House, these kitchens offer a visual feast of design creativity.

Modern kitchen with bar stools and wooden cabinets
The kitchen in this Toronto home has a decisive gallery feel. “I’ve got art on the kitchen counter. I really want to say to people, ‘Don’t take art so seriously,’” says owner—and avid art collector—Kenneth Montague. (The rest of the art-filled home is not to be missed: click here to see our slideshow.)
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© 2012 Naomi Finlay
Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
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Modern custom-built kitchen with bright orange chairs
In this custom-built London guesthouse kitchen designed by Studiomama, lustrous vertically clad cabinetry achieves additional depth with the addition of the chairs, which were picked up for $15 each at a local market and powder coated in bright orange.
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Originally appeared in A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London
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kitchen island with Nicolas Gervais pendant lamps
In this ever-so-slightly rustic take on modern style, Nicolas Gervais designed the pendant lights above the kitchen island, which was designed by Plasse and built by woodworker Stéphane Bilodeau. See the entire home in "Split the Difference."
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Originally appeared in Split the Difference
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custom floating shelves in kitchen
In the kitchen featured in our story "Level Headed," artist Riley McFerrin installed custom floating shelves to keep spices and vessels within easy reach. The room's pared-down, unfussy aesthetic is both pleasant and practical. (Check out the rest of the home by clicking here.)
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Originally appeared in Modern Space-Efficient Family Home in San Francisco
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Modern kitchen with Pepe Cortès barstools and restored wooden beams
Jamaica barstools by Pepe Cortès for Knoll and two Ikea pendants pair nicely with the plaster walls, restored wooden beam ceilings, and polished cement floors in the kitchen of designer Nani Marquina's Ibiza abode.
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Originally appeared in Rug Designer Nani Marquina's Serene Home in Ibiza
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Modern kitchen with yellow sectioned walls and monochrome appliances
The kitchen of the Devis-Purdy house in Los Angeles features dual bursts of color and light. Though the appliances and cabinets are well presented in their own right, its the super-saturated jolt of a wall and soft, abundant light that make the room.
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Originally appeared in Colorful Remodel in Los Angeles
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Miller House kitchen with a turquoise blue mosaic tile wall
A mosaic tile wall softens the laboratory-like effect of the glossy kitchen cabinets in the famed Miller House. The home was only opened recently to the public; click through to see it in all its sumptuous midcentury glory.
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Originally appeared in Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen
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modern kitchen renovation with blue countertops
The centerpiece of this new kitchen is the cabinetry surrounding the sink, a feat managed by altering the facing and pulls of an off-the-rack Ikea system. The laminate offers a good punch of blue, and in modernist fashion, door handles were left off in favor of cutouts. See the entire home in our story, "True Value."
Originally appeared in True Value
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Modern kitchen with long countertop and overhead speakers
Architect John Tong turned an old Toronto dairy into the ultimate family clubhouse, complete with a spacious, airy, family-friendly kitchen (perhaps a little too family-friendly: Cooking with three children running around makes for "utter mayhem," say the parents).
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Originally appeared in Play's the Thing
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Modern wooden kitchen with long hallway
Omer Arbel, the creative director at industrial design firm Bocci, was given three parameters when he began designing his colleague Randy Bishop's home: Create a “profound” connection between the internal and external spaces; build only one level; and utilize a wealth of 100-year-old salvaged beams. The kitchen's angular walls and windows open up the space for a dazzling display of pendant lamps.
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Originally appeared in Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada
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The kitchen was the only room to get a full renovation, so Dine invested in a sleek Bulthaup b3 kitchen system design­ed by Chris Tosdevin of Bulthaup’s Santa Monica, California, showroom. The stainless-steel workspace and slate-gray laminate countertop a
The kitchen was the only room to get a full renovation in the Dine Residence. It features a sleek Bulthaup b3 kitchen system design­ed by Chris Tosdevin. The stainless-steel workspace and slate-gray laminate countertop and cabinets jibe with the house’s minimalist aesthetic while affording a nice contrast with the overriding whiteness.
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Originally appeared in Fine Dine-ing
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The kitchen is from Ikea and the dining chairs by Arne Jacobsen, but the table is pure Bornstein.
The kitchen, by Ikea, is a homegrown beauty in this Swedish house. (The dining chairs are by Arne Jacobsen and the table is by Per Bornstein, the architect and owner.) Bornstein's entire home is well worth a click: Knotty By Nature.
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Originally appeared in Knotty by Nature
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Modern handmade cabinetry with hand-carved patterning
To create a sense of visual unity throughout the eclectic but compact space, the owners of this home hand-carved the tree pattern from the kitchen into these cabinet doors (from a template) using an electric router. It’s more than ornament: The cutouts eliminate the need for jutting cabinet pulls. See all the smart storage solutions from the story: Pole Position.
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Originally appeared in Warsaw Loft with Multifunctional Furniture
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minimalist high-design apartment in Brooklyn
The Mandayam-Vohra family gathers under one of Workstead’s signature three-arm chandeliers, shown here in its horizontal configuration. It's worth checking out our slideshow of the Prospect Heights Residence to see the dining room, as well.
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Originally appeared in Minimalist Brooklyn Apartment
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This sleek kitchen in the renovated Dolce and Burnham Residence hits warm notes with red lacquered cabinetry, cypress woodwork, and a leafy backyard vista.
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Originally appeared in Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition
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Modern kitchen with elm cabinets
Local carpenter Crisow von Schulz constructed the galley cabinets for this houseboat from a single elm tree. The organically curving lines were intended as a contrast to the rectilinear architecture of the home. The ABK extractor unit allows maximum headroom and preserves the spacious feeling.
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Originally appeared in At the Elm
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Modern kitchen with freestanding staircase
The galley-style kitchen in the high-tech, scrupulously constructed residence of architect Gregory Katz punches up the cool gray and white tones with a swathe of yellow. Caryn, his wife, fell in love with the name of a paint swatch called Canary Yellow and then left it to Gregory to fine-tune the exact hue.
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Originally appeared in Katz's Cradle
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Modern Japanese home with continuous wooden staircase
The top of this 44-level Tokyo house is dedicated to a dining area and a kitchen outfitted with steel-topped cabinets from Sanwa Company.
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Originally appeared in Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home
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A massive slab of cypress perched atop sawhorses provides storage for pots and utensils.
A massive, live-edge slab of cypress perched atop sawhorses provides storage for pots and utensils in the Orchard House, and brings a raw element of nature into the room.
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Originally appeared in Fertile Grounds
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Modern kitchen with Thermador appliances and Caesarstone countertop
All appliances in the Marra Road project's kitchen are from Thermador, save for a Miele dishwasher. Bright white Caesarstone bounces yet more light into the space. The home, comprised of two Michael Graves proteges, is comprised of two light-flooded, linked wings: check it out in full here.
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Originally appeared in Sustainable Glass House in Sonoma
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Modern kitchen with bar stools and wooden cabinets
The kitchen in this Toronto home has a decisive gallery feel. “I’ve got art on the kitchen counter. I really want to say to people, ‘Don’t take art so seriously,’” says owner—and avid art collector—Kenneth Montague. (The rest of the art-filled home is not to be missed: click here to see our slideshow.) Photo by Naomi Finlay. Image courtesy of © 2012 Naomi Finlay.

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