20 Modern Kitchens We Love

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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.

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  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 FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    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

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  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.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    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.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  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."  Photo by: Alexi Hobbs
    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."

    Photo by: Alexi Hobbs

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  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.)  Photo by: Daniel HennessyCourtesy of: ©2011 DANIEL HENNESSY PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
    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.)

    Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

    Courtesy of: ©2011 DANIEL HENNESSY PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

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  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.  Photo by: Albert Font
    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.

    Photo by: Albert Font

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  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.  Photo by: Lisa RomereinCourtesy of: Copyright Lisa Romerein
    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.

    Photo by: Lisa Romerein

    Courtesy of: Copyright Lisa Romerein

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  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.  Photo by: Leslie Williamson
    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.

    Photo by: Leslie Williamson

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  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."
    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."
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  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).  Photo by: Christopher Wahl
    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).

    Photo by: Christopher Wahl

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  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.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    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.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  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.  Photo by: Jeremy Liebman
    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.

    Photo by: Jeremy Liebman

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  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.  Photo by: Pia Ulin
    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.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  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.  Photo by: Andreas MeichsnerCourtesy of: ©Andreas Meichsner
    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.

    Photo by: Andreas Meichsner

    Courtesy of: ©Andreas Meichsner

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  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.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    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.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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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.  Photo by: Raimund Koch
    This sleek kitchen in the renovated Dolce and Burnham Residence hits warm notes with red lacquered cabinetry, cypress woodwork, and a leafy backyard vista.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  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.  Photo by: Rene Mesman
    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.

    Photo by: Rene Mesman

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  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.  Photo by: Elsa Young
    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.

    Photo by: Elsa Young

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  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.  Photo by: Koichi Torimura
    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.

    Photo by: Koichi Torimura

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  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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  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.  Photo by: Matthew Millman
    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.

    Photo by: Matthew Millman

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