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April 28, 2015
The best kitchens are ones that are spatially efficient and can serve multiple functions.
Modern Connecticut summer home renovation with japanese elm cabinets, Calacatta marble, and concrete countertop island in the kitchen

In a Connecticut vacation home, the island features Japanese elm topped with Calacatta marble and wraparound concrete.

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Modern Los Angeles renovation by Don Dimster with glass buffer, ikea cabinets, quartzite countertops and Bertazonni grill top in the kitchen

A renovated kitchen in Los Angeles receives light from an adjacent courtyard. The cabinets are from Ikea, the countertops are quartzite, and the grill top is from Bertazzoni.

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Originally appeared in A Midcentury Home Enjoys Views from Every Angle
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San Francisco kitchen with walnut veneers at Caesarstone countertops

Walnut veneers clad the kitchen and dining area of this San Francisco residence. The counters are from Caesarstone. The Chrysalis bar stool is by One & Co for Council. A Foscarini pendant hangs above Ligne Roset’s Eaton table and bench.

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Originally appeared in A Meticulous Renovation Turns a Run-Down House Into a Storage-Smart Gem
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Modern Illinois farmhouse addition kitchen with Mutina cabinets and tiles, Pella window, and kohler faucet

This Evanston, Illinois kitchen sports blue-gray cabinets and Azulej tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina. A large Pella window, situated above a sink with a Sensate faucet from Kohler, allows views of the backyard. The range is by BlueStar.

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Originally appeared in This Farmhouse-Style Home Gets a Clever and Geometric Update
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Brooklyn kitchen with gray marble backsplash

A Brooklyn loft features a stately column and a wall of custom cabinets.

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SABO project
Originally appeared in Brooklyn Loft Renovation Masters Storage with a Custom Cabinet Wall
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Modern home in North Carolina with rejuvenation pendant lamps, quartz countertops in the kitchen and walnut steps with steel rails

The Dora pendant lights in this Raleigh kitchen are from Rejuvenation. The quartz countertops are by Cambria, and the custom bar stools are by Rocky Mountain Table Company.

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Originally appeared in Minimal North Carolina Home Built for a Tech-Forward West Coast Couple
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Toronto Contrast House Kitchen

The architects knocked out the kitchen’s back wall in this Toronto residence, installing sliding glass doors instead. A soothing charcoal accent wall anchors the bright white cabinetry and Corian countertops, while pendant lights by Alvar Aalto hang above an oak island. The fixtures are from KWC, Dornbracht, and Catalano. 

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Tom Arban
Originally appeared in Bright, Efficient Upgrade Transforms a Victorian in Toronto
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Austin kitchen with reclaimed shelving

The cedar siding used on the exterior of an Austin home reappears in the kitchen shelves.

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Originally appeared in Bright, Personality-Filled Home Built on a Budget in Austin
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Barcelona Flat Kitchen

“We designed very plain oak cupboards so the floor would be the protagonist,” the architect says of this renovated Barcelona flat. Ceiling lamps by Vico Magistretti illuminate the warm wood countertops

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Originally appeared in Historic Details and Playful Modernism Meet in this Stunning Barcelona Flat
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Bienstock/Sayer Family Apartment Kitchen

Suspended powder-coated and walnut open shelves demarcate the kitchen from the rest of the living space in this New York City apartment.

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Andy Ryan
Originally appeared in Luminous Apartment in a Historic NYC Building
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Deep Cove Renovation showing kitchen and dining area

Originally built in the 1970s, this cliffside house in North Vancouver received a striking modern update with muted tones and Tom Dixon pendant lights.

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Originally appeared in A Dramatic Cliffside Kitchen Gets a Sharp and Sculptural Update
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Modern West Village renovation with kitchen

The kitchen island, the counters, and the backsplash of this New York City home are brushed stainless steel. The integrated shelving accommodates the resident’s expansive cookbook and tableware collection. 

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Originally appeared in A Sophisticated Renovation of a 19th Century Manhattan Town House
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Modern renovation in San Francisco with heath ceramics tiles in the kitchen

Open shelves with colorful kitchen wares contrast gray tiles from Heath Ceramics in a modern San Francisco remodel.

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Originally appeared in A Home with Eclectic Style Looks Just Right
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Modern multifamily home in Seattle with walnut veneer cabinets and bamboo floors in the kitchen

Walnut veneer clads the sleek cabinets of a Seattle residence. The architects residents shopped around to find appliances that balance cost and performance: the dishwasher is Bosch, the gas cooktop is Dacor, and the oven is Fagor

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Originally appeared in Three Families Comfortably Fit in One Slim Lot
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Australian tallowwood kitchen with Artek stools and Muuto lighting

This Australian kitchen is wrapped in tallowwood. Muuto pendant lights, bar stools by Alvar Aalto for Artek, a Vola faucet, and a ceiling fan by Beacon Lighting finish the room.

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Originally appeared in Local Wood Covers This Getaway for Two Architects
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Montreal apartment kitchen with teak cabinets and spiral staircase

This Montreal residence blends teak cabinets, Douglas fir floors, and white-painted spruce walls.

Originally appeared in Copenhagen Expat Crafts Scandinavian-Inspired Apartment (with Sauna!) in Montreal
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Pico Island Holiday Home in Portugal

The quiet, minimalist kitchen in Portugal features a wall clad in local wood. A Davide Groppi Punto 2 PL light hangs over the dining table.

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Paulo Catrica
Originally appeared in This Modern Coastal Escape Sits Within 18th-Century Stone Walls
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Midcentury Portland kitchen with Ann Sacks tile and barstools

Savoy stacked mosaic tile from Portland-based manufacturer Ann Sacks covers the backsplash of this Portland home. Tractor barstools by BassamFellows pull up to a PentalQuartz countertop. The gas cooktop, oven, and dishwasher are by Miele

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Originally appeared in Midcentury Renovation in Portland Capitalizes on Nature with Seven Doors to the Outside
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Modern Connecticut summer home renovation with japanese elm cabinets, Calacatta marble, and concrete countertop island in the kitchen

In a Connecticut vacation home, the island features Japanese elm topped with Calacatta marble and wraparound concrete.

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