The kitchen, which the architect tucked into the back of the house, contains wooden cutting boards by Studio Simple and knives by Studio Simple and Antoine Van Loocke.
The kitchen, which the architect tucked into the back of the house, contains wooden cutting boards by Studio Simple and knives by Studio Simple and Antoine Van Loocke.
A Dornbracht tap sits above a custom-built glacier white Corian countertop and sink. The sink is covered by a removable cutting board that can be kept in place for an added work surface, or removed for dedicated sink use. The cutout in the center allows water from the tap to flow straight through to the custom Corian drainer.
A Dornbracht tap sits above a custom-built glacier white Corian countertop and sink. The sink is covered by a removable cutting board that can be kept in place for an added work surface, or removed for dedicated sink use. The cutout in the center allows water from the tap to flow straight through to the custom Corian drainer.
These handcrafted cutting boards made from Vermont maple are ideal for charcuterie or cheese trays—and will look just as good on their own, long after the food is gone.
These handcrafted cutting boards made from Vermont maple are ideal for charcuterie or cheese trays—and will look just as good on their own, long after the food is gone.
Cutting boards by Nao Tamura for Discipline.
Cutting boards by Nao Tamura for Discipline.
“I made a very conscious decision, when I realized that the house with nothing in it was such a fantastic work of art,” says Greg Wooten, “to go out of my way to pull back and only select pieces that complemented the architecture and would allow both the house and the furniture to breathe.” The place is furnished minimally with vintage finds he chose for the rooms over time.
“I made a very conscious decision, when I realized that the house with nothing in it was such a fantastic work of art,” says Greg Wooten, “to go out of my way to pull back and only select pieces that complemented the architecture and would allow both the house and the furniture to breathe.” The place is furnished minimally with vintage finds he chose for the rooms over time.
"Very ugly countertops are common," Perelman says. "I've mostly gone in the grin and bear it camp, but at the same time I think investing in a beautiful cutting board will make you feel much better about your kitchen. I bought a beautiful black maple cutting board and I'll always have it. You could probably get one the size of your counter. The whole idea is you can take it with you."

This 12-by-20-inch walnut board is available from Jewett Farms Workshop for $46.
"Very ugly countertops are common," Perelman says. "I've mostly gone in the grin and bear it camp, but at the same time I think investing in a beautiful cutting board will make you feel much better about your kitchen. I bought a beautiful black maple cutting board and I'll always have it. You could probably get one the size of your counter. The whole idea is you can take it with you." This 12-by-20-inch walnut board is available from Jewett Farms Workshop for $46.
Arrow board by Noble Goods, from $120

Whimsical, handcrafted details mark this food-safe, solid cherry board with an inlaid resin design.
Arrow board by Noble Goods, from $120 Whimsical, handcrafted details mark this food-safe, solid cherry board with an inlaid resin design.
5.4.3 BlockBowl (Walnut Cutting Block and Bowl) by On Our Table

"Whenever I’m having people over for dinner, I’m always looking for simple serving pieces," Hesser says. "I also happen to serve a lot of cured meats, so this naturally appeals to me. It’s a nice, solid piece that would last for decades."
5.4.3 BlockBowl (Walnut Cutting Block and Bowl) by On Our Table "Whenever I’m having people over for dinner, I’m always looking for simple serving pieces," Hesser says. "I also happen to serve a lot of cured meats, so this naturally appeals to me. It’s a nice, solid piece that would last for decades."
The kitchen is done up in Gaggenau and Bulthaup.
The kitchen is done up in Gaggenau and Bulthaup.
The ultimate duo to keep you up-to-speed on...you, the UP wristband plus app tracks your activity, sleep, eating, and day-to-day habits. ($129.99; app is free)
The ultimate duo to keep you up-to-speed on...you, the UP wristband plus app tracks your activity, sleep, eating, and day-to-day habits. ($129.99; app is free)
Aaron and Yuka Ruell transformed a 1950s Portland ranch house into a retro-inspired family home with plenty of spaces for their four children to roam. In the kitchen, interior designer Emily Knudsen Leland replaced purple laminate cabinets with flat-sawn eastern walnut, and added PentalQuartz countertops in polished Super White for contrast. The kitchen island is clad with original red tiles, and hanging cabinets above it were removed to maximize light and family-room views.
Aaron and Yuka Ruell transformed a 1950s Portland ranch house into a retro-inspired family home with plenty of spaces for their four children to roam. In the kitchen, interior designer Emily Knudsen Leland replaced purple laminate cabinets with flat-sawn eastern walnut, and added PentalQuartz countertops in polished Super White for contrast. The kitchen island is clad with original red tiles, and hanging cabinets above it were removed to maximize light and family-room views.
1.3.2 CHISEL: WALNUT CUTTING BOARD $130

Made from solid and durable walnut wood, the 1.3.2 Chisel is a dynamic, multi-purpose kitchen tool perfectly suited for cutting, serving and charcuterie and cheese. Its unique form lends a contemporary feel while venerable craftsmanship provide an artisanal quality.
1.3.2 CHISEL: WALNUT CUTTING BOARD $130 Made from solid and durable walnut wood, the 1.3.2 Chisel is a dynamic, multi-purpose kitchen tool perfectly suited for cutting, serving and charcuterie and cheese. Its unique form lends a contemporary feel while venerable craftsmanship provide an artisanal quality.
The BlockBowl from On Our Table is a versatile tabletop product that features two distinctive surfaces. The flat circular surface can be used as a cutting board or serving board for cheeses and charcuterie, while the other side features a lipped bowl that can be used to serve nuts, olives, and other snacks.
The BlockBowl from On Our Table is a versatile tabletop product that features two distinctive surfaces. The flat circular surface can be used as a cutting board or serving board for cheeses and charcuterie, while the other side features a lipped bowl that can be used to serve nuts, olives, and other snacks.
Slice cutting board by Jonathan Fundudis and David Holgreaves for Snapp Design-The Johannesburg-based team at Snapp Design set out to make a cutting board that both functioned better in the kitchen and that looked good enough for a coveted countertop resting place. 

Their solution rests on wedges on both the top and underside of the board. It elevates the look of an ordinary bamboo board while also making it easy to scoop cut foods. 

Fundudis acknowledges the strong movement of design in craft in South Africa. "We look at the industrial processes in a very specific aesthetic which is not African by nature. Which is challenging locally, but does set us apart from our competitors," says Jonathan Fundudis. "In our case, beauty is in simplicity."

Slice was a finalist for Design Indaba's Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2013 and was nominated for the German Design Award 2013.
Slice cutting board by Jonathan Fundudis and David Holgreaves for Snapp Design-The Johannesburg-based team at Snapp Design set out to make a cutting board that both functioned better in the kitchen and that looked good enough for a coveted countertop resting place. Their solution rests on wedges on both the top and underside of the board. It elevates the look of an ordinary bamboo board while also making it easy to scoop cut foods. Fundudis acknowledges the strong movement of design in craft in South Africa. "We look at the industrial processes in a very specific aesthetic which is not African by nature. Which is challenging locally, but does set us apart from our competitors," says Jonathan Fundudis. "In our case, beauty is in simplicity." Slice was a finalist for Design Indaba's Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2013 and was nominated for the German Design Award 2013.
Cutting boards by Reykjavik Trading Co.-Designer Anthony Bacigalupo grew up in a very different environment from the one he now calls home. With the culture, climate, and aesthetics of central California as early reference he and his Icelandic girlfriend Ýr Káradóttir now combine a nowhere-but-there Pacific Coast aesthetic with vintage Icelandic design. "Our focus is on sustainability,” explained Bacigalupo. “Our serving boards are painted with natural and food-safe milk paint." The color-blocked oak boards made it on to my mental wish list. Would I use them for their intended purpose? Maybe not, but just like many of the products from companies Bacigalupo has worked with before (Apple, Bang and Olufsen), there is a certain must-have quality to them. The oak is grown in Kentucky which makes me question their eco credentials somewhat, but I like the way they look and the feelings they trigger. Photo by: Tiffany Orvet
Cutting boards by Reykjavik Trading Co.-Designer Anthony Bacigalupo grew up in a very different environment from the one he now calls home. With the culture, climate, and aesthetics of central California as early reference he and his Icelandic girlfriend Ýr Káradóttir now combine a nowhere-but-there Pacific Coast aesthetic with vintage Icelandic design. "Our focus is on sustainability,” explained Bacigalupo. “Our serving boards are painted with natural and food-safe milk paint." The color-blocked oak boards made it on to my mental wish list. Would I use them for their intended purpose? Maybe not, but just like many of the products from companies Bacigalupo has worked with before (Apple, Bang and Olufsen), there is a certain must-have quality to them. The oak is grown in Kentucky which makes me question their eco credentials somewhat, but I like the way they look and the feelings they trigger. Photo by: Tiffany Orvet
Lara and Ethan's easygoing lifestyle is evident from their Airbnb host profile, which concludes by notifying visitors that they're "100% pro-gluten, but won't be offended if you've gone g-free."
Lara and Ethan's easygoing lifestyle is evident from their Airbnb host profile, which concludes by notifying visitors that they're "100% pro-gluten, but won't be offended if you've gone g-free."
The courtyard offers a glimpse of nature from nearly every angle, including up.
The courtyard offers a glimpse of nature from nearly every angle, including up.
Diane finishes up some paperwork at the kitchen countertop.
Diane finishes up some paperwork at the kitchen countertop.
A close-up of the corner.
A close-up of the corner.
Engineers envision Roombots evolving over time to create larger and more complex structures—for example, joining stools together to become a bench or table. Each module is also self-improving, and can learn to increase its speed by analyzing and optimizing oscillation patterns.
Engineers envision Roombots evolving over time to create larger and more complex structures—for example, joining stools together to become a bench or table. Each module is also self-improving, and can learn to increase its speed by analyzing and optimizing oscillation patterns.
The bedroom takes up the small second floor of the house.
The bedroom takes up the small second floor of the house.
From On Our Table, the BlockBowl is an innovative walnut accessory that is both a cutting block and serving bowl.
From On Our Table, the BlockBowl is an innovative walnut accessory that is both a cutting block and serving bowl.
The triple-glazed windows provide plenty of natural light.
The triple-glazed windows provide plenty of natural light.
From the British design outfit Tom Dixon, this Stone Chopping Board adapts to your culinary needs, elegantly accompanying you as you work and serve. A slab of carved white Morwad marble provides the perfect base for chopping, cutting, and rolling, while the delicate, hand-formed brass saucer can be used to collect crumbs, hold dips, or whatever else you may need it for. The cutting board is shown with Tom Dixon’s Mortar and Pestle and Spice Grinder.

These pieces are 15% off until October 22, 2015.
From the British design outfit Tom Dixon, this Stone Chopping Board adapts to your culinary needs, elegantly accompanying you as you work and serve. A slab of carved white Morwad marble provides the perfect base for chopping, cutting, and rolling, while the delicate, hand-formed brass saucer can be used to collect crumbs, hold dips, or whatever else you may need it for. The cutting board is shown with Tom Dixon’s Mortar and Pestle and Spice Grinder. These pieces are 15% off until October 22, 2015.
These beautifully grained raw wood boards from West Elm are a prep surface and serving platter all in one. Designed for serving charcuterie and cheeses, they also transport snack bowls and appetizer plates with ease.
These beautifully grained raw wood boards from West Elm are a prep surface and serving platter all in one. Designed for serving charcuterie and cheeses, they also transport snack bowls and appetizer plates with ease.
Hex Cutting Board by Jonah Takagi for Field, $85 at field-online.com

This American Maple board, crafted by Amish woodworkers in northern Indiana, features angled edges that help users achieve the perfect chop.
Hex Cutting Board by Jonah Takagi for Field, $85 at field-online.com This American Maple board, crafted by Amish woodworkers in northern Indiana, features angled edges that help users achieve the perfect chop.
Cutting through the Panama Canal, circa 1916.
Cutting through the Panama Canal, circa 1916.
Cutting board, mixed apples,
Cutting board, mixed apples,
An enthusiastic cook, Miller says she can easily work in the galley-style kitchen. The reclaimed-wood surround echoes the exterior cladding.
An enthusiastic cook, Miller says she can easily work in the galley-style kitchen. The reclaimed-wood surround echoes the exterior cladding.
Opening the kitchen to outdoor spaces, a new window with floating shelves for storage looks out into the front yard.  New appliances, stainless steel countertops and an integral sink add utility. Photo by Whit Preston.
Opening the kitchen to outdoor spaces, a new window with floating shelves for storage looks out into the front yard. New appliances, stainless steel countertops and an integral sink add utility. Photo by Whit Preston.
The sleek 320-square-foot MEKA home, designed by Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous, when it was set up in New York. The home is made of cedar paneling, set over a steel shipping container.
The sleek 320-square-foot MEKA home, designed by Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous, when it was set up in New York. The home is made of cedar paneling, set over a steel shipping container.
The bedroom and bathroom make up the private zones on the top floor.
The bedroom and bathroom make up the private zones on the top floor.
Spiekermann and Dulkinys agree that their house—the first they’ve built from the ground up—is definitely different.
Spiekermann and Dulkinys agree that their house—the first they’ve built from the ground up—is definitely different.
On Our Table’s BlockBowl is an innovative prep and serveware accessory that any host or hostess will appreciate. Crafted from rich walnut wood, the BlockBowl is a cutting board on one side, and a serving bowl on the other.
On Our Table’s BlockBowl is an innovative prep and serveware accessory that any host or hostess will appreciate. Crafted from rich walnut wood, the BlockBowl is a cutting board on one side, and a serving bowl on the other.
Wood cutting and display boards, $44–$157 at Hampson Woods.

Each board, in woods ranging from elm to sycamore, is handmade at the U.K. shop’s Hackney location, and no two are alike.
Wood cutting and display boards, $44–$157 at Hampson Woods. Each board, in woods ranging from elm to sycamore, is handmade at the U.K. shop’s Hackney location, and no two are alike.

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