The kitchen island and counters in this New York home are topped with a Caesarstone surface. The Bertoia barstools are by Knoll, the refrigerator is by Thermador and the sink by Elkay has Rohl fittings.
In the kitchen of an Aspen, Colorado, home by designer Shawn Henderson and architect Scott Lindenau, a vintage Louis Poulsen pendant light from Lost City Arts hangs above a Caesarstone-top island and Orange Furniture barstools upholstered in an Edelman leather; the hood is by Bulthaup, the cabinetry is by Studio B, the ovens are by Gaggenau, and the sink fittings are by Dornbracht.
In the chic kitchen of George Nunno’s New York loft, the custom cabinetry is ebonized oak topped with Nero Marquina marble, the black and brass barstools are by Milo Baughman and the iron sculpture was found in a Paris flea market.
With their minimalist cabinetry, neutral color palettes, and metallic accents, these contemporary kitchens have a subtle elegance that will never go out of style. They blend aspects of modern design with other styles, including traditional and industrial, for a look that’s current and sleek, but not sterile. A pop of color—whether it’s on the furniture, in a bowl of fresh fruit, or in a vase of flowers—ensures that these contemporary kitchen designs still feel warm and welcoming, as do big windows that let in the sun, an architectural light fixture, or a piece of bold artwork or decor. Each of these 35 kitchens from the AD archives is a lesson in restraint, from a bold Manhattan space by Jamie Drake to a crisp white design in Madrid by Isabel López-Quesada. Just a few decorative accessories (and zero clutter) on shelves and countertops let the smart mix of materials—and tonight’s dinner—shine. Click through to see contemporary kitchen design ideas that blend style and function for a space that is cutting-edge yet inviting.
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At the John Pawson–designed Manhattan duplex of antiques dealer Jill Dienst, the kitchen features a Carrara marble counter and an island topped with basaltina.
This Hamptons home kitchen by design firm Sawyer | Berson and decorator Randi Puccio has a Wolf range and hood and Holly Hunt stools.
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Architect Marc Whipple devised this handsome Beverly Hills home, while the interiors were handled by Tocha Project. Varenna by Poliform lacquer and oak cabinetry enlivens the kitchen, which includes Miele appliances, sink fittings by Dornbracht, and a Caesarstone island countertop.
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Architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Shelton, Mindel & Associates joined forces to create this Aspen home. The dining/kitchen area is outfitted with a table and chairs designed by Claudia Moreira Salles for Espasso; the cabinets at left are made of Douglas fir.
This elegant kitchen, belonging to hostess Rena Abboud, is designed for evening socializing. The island is brushed metal, the stools are Lamboro and the pendant lights are Eichholtz.
A vast white Corian table with gold inlay that sits above a custom-made, gold-leaf-finished island is the main attraction in New York designer Jamie Drake’s elegant Manhattan kitchen.
In a young couple’s Brussels home designed by architect Frederic Haesevoets, the modern kitchen island is by Bulthau. The vent hood is by AEG, the stools are by E15 and the hanging light fixtures are by Ionna Vautrin.
Black granite floors and Panton chairs by Vitra take center stage in this Toton Sanchez-designed home in Caracas. Wood wine racks, laminate cabinetry and a marble-top Saarinen table by Knoll add variety and texture to the space without being distracting.
When a Silicon Valley family wanted to create a retreat in the woods, without going rustic, architect Cynthia Wang and designer Jamie Bush brought modern, urban cool to a country cabin. This modern kitchen’s island creates a somewhat moody atmosphere with its quartzite countertop. The cabinetry is by Bulthaup, the oven is by Miele, the stove and hood are by Gaggenau, the sink by Blanco has Dornbracht fittings and the custom-made stools are covered in an Edelman leather.
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The breakfast room boasts a Saarinen table and chairs by Knoll, the painting is by Martin Sniper and the light fixture is by Artemide in a glam Palm Springs home.
Cowhide makes a surprise appearance in this contemporary Los Angeles bachelor pad with custom-made stools covered in an Edelman cowhide in the kitchen. The island features a surface by Caesarstone, the lacquered cabinetry is custom made and the sink fittings are by Dornbracht.
This modern kitchen in fashion designer Josie Natori’s New York home makes ample use of white for a clean design that bounces light. The island is topped with marble and the cabinetry is by St. Charles of New York.
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Design duo Dufner Heighes chose marble surfaces in this Manhattan penthouse kitchen, which complement Bulthaup cabinetry. The space is equipped with Miele wall ovens, a Gaggenau cooktop, Dornbracht sink fittings, and a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator; the Suite NY stools are clad in a Holland & Sherry fabric. In the breakfast area, the painting is by Tom Cassidy, and the credenza and Tai Ping carpet were custom made.
A folk-art rooster from the 1800s overlooks a modern New York City kitchen designed by Robert Passal. The cabinets are made of stainless steel, and the space is equipped with a Miele oven, cooktop, and hood.
At a Hamptons retreat designed by Leroy Street Studio, the kitchen island is topped with honed Mont Blanc marble. The custom-made oak cabinetry is by Marquis Millwork and Carpentry, the barstools are by Martell Woodworks, and the reclaimed-ash flooring is from the Hudson Co.
Shelton, Mindel & Associates updated the kitchen of a classic Hamptons country house with Bulthaup cabinetry and stools, a Viking range and hood, and a simple backsplash of white Waterworks tile.
This San Francisco loft, belonging to designer Steven Volpe, proves that wood can be incorporated into modern design — especially when it’s paired with marble. The marble-and-wood kitchen island is surrounded by silver Knoll barstools.
Handbag designer Nancy Gonzalez’s Western Colombia apartment, designed with Jean-Louis Deniot, has a kitchen paved in marble and outfitted with a Bulthaup hood and a Wolf cooktop. The open kitchen window lets in fresh air from the lush grounds surrounding the hilltop property.
In a sophisticated home in the Hamptons, the kitchen barstools are by Etel Carmona for Espasso, the matte lacquer cabinetry is custom made, the sink fittings are by Kallista and the range is by Wolf.
Bespoke Fulham pantry by Roundhouse in bespoke Urbo handleless matt lacquer kitchen in Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone and book matched horizontal Walnut veneer with Caesarstone quartz composite worktop and walnut breakfast bar.
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In this black kitchen, the custom-made stools and cabinetry are by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri.
Architect Mark Rios and designer Waldo Fernandez transformed a clunky Santa Monica mansion into this gem. A work by Murakami hangs in the kitchen, which is equipped with a Bulthaup island and cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops, a Wolf range, and stools from Duane Modern.
In the kitchen of a contemporary Central Park apartment, the table is by Egg Collective, the Holly Hunt chairs are covered in a leather from Keleen Leathers and the light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman.
A glass backsplash sets a polished tone in a Washington, D.C., kitchen designed by Solís Betancourt & Sherrill. A hood by Gaggenau hangs above the gleaming Caesarstone island, where dessert is served.
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Designed for true modern-day entertaining, this Florida home by Nate Berkus showcases stools by BDDW and light fixtures by Historical Materialism. The marble wall tiles are by Ann Sacks, and the counters are teak.
In this exuberant Hamptons home, the kitchen’s stools are by Design Within Reach, the ceiling fixture is from YLighting, the refrigerator and wine cooler are Sub-Zero and the photograph is from Natural Curiosities.
Derin’s Fold barstools add a pop of color in the sleek white Boffi-clad kitchen of a Manhattan brownstone remodeled by Delphine Krakoff of Pamplemousse Design.
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Ralph Lauren’s kitchen opts for modernism over tradition, with ovens and a cooktop by Wolf, a custom-made vent hood and cabinetry of white lacquer and stainless steel. The island is sheathed in Celador, and the Bertoia barstools are by Knoll.
The kitchen of the home that architect Steve Mensch designed for himself in Rhinebeck, New York, features ovens by KitchenAid.
In a glamorous Paris apartment, the kitchen embraces a fresh vision of luxury with mod pendant lights by Tom Dixon and custom-made, walnut-veneer kitchen island and cabinetry. The stools are by Mater Design, the ovens and refrigerator are by Gaggenau and the sink fittings are by Franke.
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A Manhattan, kitchen in a sleek building by Richard Meier has glamorous shiny countertops of white crystallized glass.
Bertoia barstools by Knoll are pulled up to the chic island of architect Alison Spear’s Hudson Valley, New York, kitchen. An Abbaka hood presides over the space, which is fitted with a cooktop and wall ovens by Wolf.
A walnut-top table and walnut benches provide a stylish dining space in the kitchen area of a crisp Nantucket home designed by Jacobsen Architecture. LEM stools from Design Within Reach face the lustrous white kitchen, which is appointed with a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Dornbracht sink fittings.
The crisp Madrid kitchen of decorator Isabel López-Quesada features Bulthaup cabinetry and a cooktop and hood by Gaggenau.
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Art patron Chara Schreyer commissioned architecture firm McRitchie Design and Gary Hutton Design to renovate her Los Angeles home. The kitchen, which features a Jean-Michel Basquiat drawing, is appointed with Caesarstone countertops, KWC sink fittings, and a Wolf microwave.
In a Manhattan home overlooking the Hudson river, the kitchen counter is by Antolini, the stove and oven are by Miele, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the sink fittings are by Dornbracht.
At a Hudson Valley compound designed by architect Toshiko Mori, white cabinetry and a backsplash of back-painted glass lend a sleek look to the main house’s kitchen, which is outfitted with a Miele cooktop, oven, and integrated dishwasher; the Boffi sinks have Vola fittings.
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Customized cabinetry conceals most of the appliances in the open kitchen of this former athletic club, which was transformed into a posh Manhattan apartment by designer Bruce Bierman.
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In a perfumer’s Paris home, designed by Pierre Yovanovitch, the kitchen’s backsplash and wall sculpture were made by Armelle Benoit. The Bertoia stool is by Knoll, the range is by Wolf, the sink is by Franke and the cabinetry is custom made.
A sunlit Paradise Valley, Arizona, kitchen by architect Marwan Al-Sayed and designer Jan Showers is outfitted with Boffi cabinetry, countertops, sinks, and sink fittings. The light fixtures are vintage Murano glass, and the floors are of white-oak.
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In a textile designer’s townhouse, the kitchen counters are Calacatta Gold marble, the backsplash tile is by Waterworks, the range is by Capital, the stools are from ABC Carpet & Home and the light fixture is by Apparatus.
Jacobsen Architecture designed the kitchen area in this Napa Valley dream house, with a dining table incorporated with the cabinetry and marble-top island; the cooktop is by GE Monogram, the Mies van der Rohe chairs are by Knoll, the metal sculpture is by Bret Price, and the framed silkscreen is by Gene Davis.
The kitchen in a floor-through Manhattan apartment is appointed with a range, microwave, and refrigerators all by Viking, and wall and cabinet panels of chocolate-brown cerused oak. Architect Mark Stumer and designer James Aman designed the Upper East Side home.
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Leroy Street Studio designed this modern Cape Cod retreat. In the kitchen, oak paneling clads Sub-Zero refrigerators, and a Best hood vents a Wolf range.
A midcentury light fixture by Gio Ponti is positioned above a Boffi breakfast bar and stools from Design Within Reach in the kitchen of a London rowhouse decorated by Veere Grenney.
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Marble tiles in this modern kitchen of London designer Colin Radcliffe’s Notting Hill townhouse set the foundation for a cool, clean space. The design is markedly modern, with the exception of a 1950s FontanaArte chandelier and 1970s barstools. The cabinetry is custom made, and the refrigerators are by Liebherr.
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In designer Ray Booth and TV executive John Shea’s hilltop home in Nashville, the kitchen features Roman Thomas pendant lights that are installed above the Ray Booth-designed island, Ann Sacks tile was used for the backsplash, the sink fittings are by Kohler, and the stools are by BDDW; a painting by Louise Crandell surmounts the bar cabinet, at left, which was devised by Booth and is clad in an Edelman leather.
Art by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein hangs on the walls in the kitchen of a Chicago duplex apartment renovated by Marvin Herman & Assoc. The cabinetry and sink are by Bulthaup, and the faucet is by KWC.
Modern design shows its dark side with a sleek black Valcucine island in this chic Manhattan kitchen. Above the island hangs a glass pendant light, and behind it, a photograph by Eric Slayton.
In a San Francisco loft, the kitchen’s cabinetry is by Henrybuilt, the countertops are PentalQuartz, the faucet is by Dornbracht, the stools are by Overgaard & Dyrman and the wall sculpture is by Manuel Neri.
In this Brooklyn loft designed by Form Architecture + Interiors, modernism takes on a sky-blue hue with a refrigerator by Müller Möbelfabrikation and a slightly darker blue kitchen island, topped with a cast concrete counter. The barstools are from Design Within Reach.
An Upper East Side, Manhattan, duplex’s simple kitchen sparkles with white Corian cabinetry and counters. Architect Steven Harris and designer Lucien Rees Roberts created the clean-lined space.
Cerused-oak cabinetry lines a Rockwell Group–designed Manhattan penthouse’s kitchen. The wall ovens, range, and hood are all by Wolf, and the backsplash is of nickel tile.
Designed by firm Ashe + Leandro,this Manhattan loft kitchen for Coldplay’s lead guitarist Jonny Buckland blends natural materials with modern finishes. Leather-upholstered barstools provide seating around the room’s mahogany butcher.
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In a Moscow apartment that embraces modern living, designer Olga Kulikovskaia-Ashby assigned an area of the kitchen for a convenient breakfast nook. The chairs are by Vitra, the plates on the kitchen counter are by Seletti and pendant lights by Tom Dixon hang above the table.
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Domed pendant lights by Artemide hang above a Caesarstone-topped island in a Milwaukee high-rise apartment’s kitchen designed by Victoria Hagan.
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In this New York City home high above the city, the kitchen’s lacquer cabinetry is custom made for a clean, modern aesthetic. It is echoed in style by the backsplash and countertop, made with Calacatta marble. The range is by Viking, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the print is by Ellsworth Kelly.
The kitchen of a Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia, home by Alexander Gorlin Architects has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a panoramic ocean view.
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This black and white kitchen features custom-made cabinetry with vintage hardware. The the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht and the countertops are white glass.
The kitchen in this New Jersey home, renovated by architect Annabelle Selldorf with handsome modern decor by designer Matthew Frederick, features a Gaggenau cooktop and wall ovens and Dornbracht sink fittings.
In the kitchen of an NYC apartment dedicated to art, the custom island is topped with brushed stainless steel, the range is by Wolf, the Saarinen table and chairs are from Knoll, and the Dandelion chandeliers by Tony Duquette are from Remains Lighting; the Roman shade is of a China Seas fabric with velvet trim from Duralee, and the floor tiles are by Paris Ceramics.
This luxurious kitchen in an Upper East Side home incorporates a touch of the past in its modern design. The pendants are from a Czechoslovakian factory, the oven is by Wolf and the floor is lined with Corten steel tiles.