20 Sleek and Modern Kitchens

Minimal and industrial-inspired kitchens set the scene for seamless food preparation. That's what they're designed for anyway, right? Here are 20 pared-down kitchens that combine simplicity and sophistication.


1. Bond Street Residence by MARKZEFF

This project was an honoree for the 2018 Best of Year award for Mid-Size Apartment. In the kitchen, stools by Sol & Luna are lit by Lee Broom Crescent pendants.

2. California Farmhouse by Dash Marshall

A sense of flow was taken into careful consideration for this house; the entry leads straight into the kitchen. Dieter Rams' 606 system defines the pantry, and a sliding black aluminum wall keeps it hidden. Walnut-legged stools in the kitchen are by Neri & Hu.

3. Tel Aviv Apartment by Axelrod Design

This 2018 Best of Year winner may be small, but its materials make it mighty. The stainless steel cabinetry adds to the apartment's industrial aesthetic. And zigzagging ceiling fixtures echo the herringbone oak floors.

4. Super-Green Los Angles House by Minarc

This kitchen is predominantly sustainable bamboo, with black recycled rubber outlining the main run of cabinets. The island, meanwhile, is wrapped in a composite of quartz. A photo­graph of an Icelandic glacier, printed on acrylic and backlit by LEDs, surrounds the kitchen sink.

5. Boston Town House by Steven Harris Architects

Another 2018 Best of Year winner, this residence played musical chairs with the rooms. What was once an ornate music room is now the kitchen, with minimalist cabinetry inspired by Donald Judd works.

6. Manhasset Home by Jared Sherman Epps

Black and white dominate this home, but accents of gray and brass keep it fresh. The kitchen mixed heather-gray cabinets with two kinds of Calacatta: an island and countertops of Calacatta Gold and a mosaic backsplash.

7. RNDSQR's Own Home by Majida Devani and Alkarim Devani

Natural light floods the design duo's home through windows and skylights, so they chose grays and woods to ground the space. The island is a single piece of concrete.



8. Glen Ellen Residence by Aidlin Darling Design



This hilltop aerie feels like a treehouse. In the kitchen, cabinetry veneered in white-washed oak coordinates with stools by LAM Design Studios, and the cleverly mirrored back wall reflects surrounding nature.

9. Island Home by Jan Henrik Jansen

Jansen built nine cylinders of this home as separate “cocoons,” each devoted to a different function. Spherical brass pendant lights designed by Benny Frandsen in the 1960s illuminate the kitchen island, which is also brass.

10. Scotland Weekend House by Nathanael Dorent Architecture and Lily Jencks Studio

Virtually off-the-grid, this house is making as little impact as possible on unspoiled countryside stretching for miles. With the huge windows, the white surfaces, and the northern latitude, the lights don't need to be turned on until 10:00 PM in the summer.

11. Hudson Yards Apartment by Frampton Co

Because it's in Chelsea, art is the main focus of this model apartment. Karen J. Revis’ silk screens on paper brighten the kitchen, with Reza Feiz BV stools from Property.

12. Madrid Pied-à-Terre by U-Labprojekte

The environment of this home combines fine craftsmanship with the Corbusian notion that a house is a machine for living in. Four volumes throughout the apartment not only impose order on the fluid plan but also conceal structural and mechanical elements. One such volume is the kitchen, around which safety glass and oak form an enclosure.

13. Marfa Abode by KinneyMorrow Architecture

Michael Morrow wanted to bring the sun into this home as much as possible by installing skylights throughout the house. The kitchen's appliances are concealed in the quartz-topped island, and stools are by Jeff Covey.

14. Sydney Apartment by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

One wall of the kitchen—glass doors screened in cedar slats—slides completely open to a side courtyard, funneling in the superlative New South Wales sunshine. A porcelain tea set by Speziell graces the bamboo top of the kitchen island, formed of fiberglass-finish CNC-milled foam, a custom design by LAVA director Chris Bosse.

15. Mid-Century House by Kuth-Ranieri Architects and Elena Calabrese Design & Decor

The setting of this California home was gorgeous, but the interiors needed a rethink. In the kitchen, custom walnut veneer cabinets line up above counters topped in Calacatta marble. The vitrine is custom blackened steel with walnut shelves by Melissa MacDonald Metalworks. 

16. Moscow Home by Art Group 

Art Group oversaw reconstruction of the exterior, including attic overhangs and a new rafter system that updates the classic chalet style with modern touches such as LEDs embedded in the beams. An island and cabinets by Fabel define the kitchen, behind the dining area’s Sancal table and chairs.

17. Swiss Chalet by Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Intérieur

This project took nearly three years to complete, and the result is both elegantly simple and spectacular. Long one of Yovanovitch’s preferred “noble” materials, wood—in the form of oak, pine, spruce, and larch—provides warmth, a lively range of natural colors, and a link to the chalet tradition. In the kitchen, Hely blown-glass suspension lights by Finnish designer Katriina Nuutinen illuminate the island’s quartzite countertop.

18. Upper East Side Apartment by Janson Goldstein

Furnishings in this gut-renovated apartment are a streamlined, mid-century modern and contemporary mix. Stools in the kitchen are by Shin and Tomoko Azumi. 

19. Chicago Penthouse by dSpace Studio and Ruth Johnson

Tucked into the building’s mansard roof, the 4,000-square-foot space sports arched windows and doors that frame jaw-dropping vistas of the lake and skyline. Not to mention the five outdoor balconies, one of which connects to the kitchen. A quartz island and porcelain backsplash distinguish the open-plan space. 

20. The Line Lofts by Gulla Jónsdóttir

Hotel touches abound in this luxury residential building. In the Sky Lounge, a kitchen area is defined by custom walnut cabinetry and a backsplash and countertops in porcelain.

Can't get enough kitchens? Check out the 2018 Best of Year winner for Kitchen/Bath project. We've also got the scoop on the latest products from KBIS 2019

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