Architect Matali Crasset renovated a stone farmhouse for a Parisian jewelry designer, retaining old elements and mixing them with new. In the kitchen, a custom composite dining table is paired with bright plastic Ikea chairs; Crasset’s Evolute maple veneer pendant lights for Danese Milano hang above.
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A view of the open dining area and kitchen shows the existing terrazzo flooring, the plaster ceiling and the kitchen's tile backsplash, Fireclay Debris series in ‘Daffodil,’ working in harmony. Floating shelves in the kitchen window and a stainless steel countertop surrounding the kitchen's burners rest just beneath the backsplash. A Boca Raton Blue upper cabinet and Nelson pendants add interest and dimension to the kitchen's warm combination of wood, yellow and blue. Vintage chairs, seated at the kitchen island and in the front right corner at the dining table complete the design scheme. Photo by Whit Preston.
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
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Though the kitchen fits in with its period surroundings, a few tweaks keep it current. “It’s functional in a way that doesn’t feel like the kitchen is in the living room,” says architect Rick Black. He explains, “One of the goals was to make the islands more like furniture than like heavy objects that go all the way to the floor.” Photo by Brent Humphreys.
The architects of this Bratislava apartment renovation designed a modular shelving system out of plywood that gets repeated throughout the house. Here, the kitchen island with induction cooktop and the bookshelves are clearly from the same family without looking like twins. A green Dish Doctor by Marc Newson for Magis adds a splash of color next to the sink.
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Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs surround a custom table by Dualchas Architects’ Mary Arnold-Forster. The pendant lamps are by Bestlite. photos by: Andrew Lee
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The black facade of Motoshi Yatabe’s house in Saitama, a tightly packed neighborhood near Tokyo, belies its bright interiors. Called the “LDK,” for living, dining, and kitchen, the main interior space is flexible—a blend of Western loft life and traditional Japanese homes, where rooms are multipurpose. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
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For Erik and Ivana Gonzalez, the design of their kitchen—and every other room in the house—was truly a family affair. Stainless-steel appliances, including the Sub-Zero refrigerator, Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, and Viking oven and cooktop, are seamlessly integrated with the natural maple paneling that Erik used here and throughout the house. The marble used for the countertops is Bianco Carrara. “It’s just a very clean palette,” he explains. Photo by Peter Yang.
Typography guru Erik Spiekermann and his wife, designer Susanna Dulkinys, hate clutter. That’s why they love the supersleek Berlin domicile they constructed to have just the right lines—and a host of energy-saving features behind the scenes. The stainless-steel Bulthaup kitchen “cost as much as a small house,” said Spiekermann, though he did get a discount: Bulthaup is one of his clients. Photo by Pia Ulin.
In a code-happy L.A. suburb, how do you break the mold without breaking the law? Architects Alice Fung and Michael Blatt steer clear of anarchy with a little democratic design. There are precious few decorative flourishes in the house; the architects put their faith in line, form, and materials. Concrete, stainless steel, and birch were used in the kitchen, where not an inch of space goes unused. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.
Leaving the bustle of Washington, D.C., architect Joe Day and his wife, Nina Hachigian, return to California and discover that life in a single-family dwelling isn't as isolated as they had feared. Nina Hachigian and daughter Sosi in the renovated kitchen, which opens up to an outdoor dining terrace. The dining table was reconditioned from a language lab, its top wrapped in stainless steel. Dining chairs are by Kartell. Photo by Gregg Segal.