When you go for the most rigorous modernist aesthetic, industrial cabinets set the style.
Clean lines, flat surfaces and industrial style cabinets rule in this New York beach house kitchen. Oddly for its place, it almost looks like a science lab and it opens into the living and dining areas. The look comes from Boffi Works cabinets — high-end modular units in wood veneer and stainless steel, mixed and matched and fitted with a system of tables and rolling drawers. Drawers contain anti-slip mats, while cabinets contain elaborate custom inserts and pull-outs.
Here, Zodiaq solid-surface counters resemble concrete, which suits the concept. A boxy, skeletal stainless steel island hood (we can catch just a bit of the bottom) and open shelving systems suspended on cables, as well as a utensil rail are also fashioned from green, indestructible stainless steel. Colors of both materials are echoed in the slate-tile floor. A Viking oven and warming drawer fit flush. The mix of wood veneer with stainless armoires gives the kitchen a semi-fitted look.
Something different, but part of the point in this kitchen, is the exposed plumbing below an integral sink. That elevates plumbing fittings to design elements that need not be hidden. Drains and water lines are treated as sculpture and require an artistic installation. KWC faucets, a reliable high end Swiss brand, fit in with the look.
Of course, many of these elements are familiar to consumers as features from Ikea (which has done a great job recreating them at a budget price point). They also are common to high-end kitchens from the German manufacturer Bulthaup, which shares the international kitchen aesthetic.
(Source: Hamptons Cottages and Gardens)
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Beautiful from a design standpoint, plus so practical, too. It looks like this kitchen took universal design, and then made it pretty. The big aisles make wheelchair access easy, and all of the cabinetry looks like it tops out at 6′ or less would put all the storage at 5′ or less. What a great space. Thanks for sharing.
I like modern contemporary design. I love a mix of stainless steel and wood – the less manipulated the better. Just like in this kitchen. So ever since I saw this I’ve thought that i *should* like this space. But this space just didnt resonate with me. I think it is because the slate floor and the rattan chairs insert so much visual and perceptual texture that despite the simplicity and elementality of material, you couldn’t call this a minimalist or simple space – the characteristics that ring out to me.
If you catalog the materials, it ought to be – but it doesn’t register as such.
Very interesting. So spartan. Yet it looks the opposite of it.
I love an industrial aesthetic, and the simple, functional look of exposed plumbing, casters, etc… but I wasn’t totally loving this one for some reason either. I think Mindstorm has something with the rattan chairs. Of course, it’s probably that I like ‘industrial loft’, which usually is a little beaten up with rough sawn or well-used woods, which, again, personal opinion, add warmth and variety against the sleek stainless. Maybe, for moi, all the surfaces in this one are just ‘too nice.’ 😉
Still, it’s cool. And still way better than the scary black Steampunk. haha
I like it, but many of these ideas are older than we think. I’ve seen a similar kitchen from around 1900. Heck they even had under mount sinks at that time. Even middle class homes used Monel (stainless alloy) up until the 1940’s.