At a renovated apartment in Madrid, ceramic-porcelain countertops match the lacquer paint on the medium-density fiberboard cupboards.
Surrounded by Bertoia barstools, a custom honed-granite kitchen island anchors this modern Kansas kitchen.
Then again, there's a reason marble is a standard in the kitchen. Positioned beside floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a polished marble bar overhung by Tom Dixon pendant lights shines in natural light.
Inspired by Donald Judd's metal boxes, this brushed stainless steel island can weather heavy use and abuse.
Visible beneath this island's stainless steel countertop is a brick half wall, which fits the rest of the home's loft aesthetic.
A polished concrete countertop makes a surprisingly unobtrusive addition to this wood-lined North Carolina kitchen.