August 5, 2014
Small-scale living is all about compromise, but for some homeowners, there will be no compromising when it comes to cooking. These compact homes feature outstanding kitchens.
The reflectivity of the brass kitchen island makes it seem to dematerialize.

The kitchen of a modest, two-bedroom home in Auckland, New Zealand, feels spacious thanks to a brass island that seems to dematerialize, and a row of glass cupboards that allows more light into the space.

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Originally appeared in The Great Compression
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minimalist high-design apartment in Brooklyn

Warm-toned accents, such as a golden range hood and faucet and a slab of black walnut from North Carolina, invigorate the otherwise minimalist kitchen in a couple’s Brooklyn apartment.

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Originally appeared in A Minimal Yet Mighty Brooklyn Apartment
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modern kitchen renovation with blue countertops

Lukáš Kordík altered off-the-rack Ikea cabinets to give the kitchen of his tiny Bratislava flat a simple but effective punch of character. “I wanted the kitchen to be one simple block of color without any additional design,” Kordík says.

Originally appeared in A Little Apartment Gets a Solid Renovation
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Modern custom-built kitchen with bright orange chairs

Orange powder-coated chairs, bright teapots, and a vibrant rug add pops of color to the minimal kitchen of a custom-built guesthouse in London’s Bethnal Green.

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Choosing tile for the kitchen backsplash was the biggest struggle of the project, according to Brechbuehler. They settled on light gray horizontal bars by Ann Sacks.

Muted tones, hard angles, and an efficient use of space make the tiny galley kitchen of a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment feel clean and comfortable.

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Originally appeared in A Clean Slate
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hollywood cabin loft kitchen

Stainless-steel appliances and teak cabinetry complement each other well in the seemingly spacious kitchen of Vincent Kartheiser’s 580-square-foot Hollywood cabin.

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The kitchen of a 1967 home in Amagansett, New York, was given a modern makeover with simple Ikea components, new appliances and fixtures, and warm finishes, such as red lacquer and cypress woodwork.

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Originally appeared in Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition
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The reflectivity of the brass kitchen island makes it seem to dematerialize.

The kitchen of a modest, two-bedroom home in Auckland, New Zealand, feels spacious thanks to a brass island that seems to dematerialize, and a row of glass cupboards that allows more light into the space.

Photo by Patrick Reynolds.

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