Some modern kitchens are designed to show very little of their function. This one by designer John Minshaw is an excellent example. I’ve taken to thinking of these as “no-kitchen” kitchens because until one looks closely it’s hard to see exactly how things are arranged. Storage is all pantry style with glass doors on the left and full-height slab doors elsewhere so while this isn’t truly minimalistic the working aspects are concealed.
The lone stretch of open counter, on the far wall, houses the sink in a niche where a Dornbracht profi faucet is the only conspicuous fixture. And while the gilded kitchen island in the center has a cook top tucked in just across the aisle, the exterior surface has more of a fine antique furniture sensibility than one belonging to most cooks. Introducing a gold surface is unusual for a kitchen but this one is not too “Dubai.” It adds a burnished glow that develops a patina and some character with age. It certainly is a softening element when lights are dimmed for dinner at the lovely cerused oak table nearby. And it suggests that not every finish in a kitchen need be strictly utilitarian provided the owner loves it and is willing to live with the fragility as well as the maintenance it might require.