Designer John Picard’s half-lot home is arranged for maximum efficiency—and comfort. Opening onto the open-plan living and dining rooms, the aluminum Bulthaup System 20 kitchen with its nine-foot-long stainless steel island and Miele appliances has become a focal point of the house. Pressed in one seamless sheet of steel, the island, Picard says with the obvious pride of a satisfied customer, “is an amazing piece of engineering.”
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.
Inspired by the client’s affinity for Donald Judd’s metal boxes, architects Anne Marie Lubrano and Lea Ciavarra wrapped the kitchen island, the counters, and the backsplash at this sophisticated New York town house in brushed stainless steel.
Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their fourth-floor Chicago condominium to include a custom, stainless steel Bulthaup kitchen.
Designer Barbara Hill applies her polished take on minimalism to a traditional 1920s abode in Atlanta for a transplanted Houston family. She added a stainless steel kitchen island by Bulthaup, its glossiness and “clean feel” tempered by the plastic stacking stools designed by Konstantin Grcic for Magis.