Cooking With Style – Contemporary Kitchen Designs

Contemporary designs in general are characterized by innovative systems, creative forms and practicality but in the case of the kitchen these attributes are highlighted even more. You can expect a contemporary kitchen to include simple but creative storage solutions, minimalist lines, fluid forms and stand-out accessories.

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The Drawer Kitchen is a design by Gitta Gschwendtner with architectural characteristics. The kitchen island is particularly unusual but its design is not surprising, considering the style. A series of practical drawers looking like solid blocks form the island, the base being made of white birch wood, with a steel top and flush mounted burners and sink. A compact kitchen designed to be both practical and eye-catching.

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Given that the kitchen is also considered a social space, an ideal design would be one that can adapt to accommodate different groups of people and that can also satisfy the needs of a serious chef. Obviously, this would require a lot of space but that’s not the case with “The Cut”, a design by Alessandro Isola. The customizable, reconfigurable kitchen consists of a central island, ceiling-mounted cabinets and a wall unit, all very chic and simple as well as extremely functional.

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LaCucina is a collaboration project between Marco Casamonti and Andrea Lupi. It comes in a form of a large worktop with a single shelf, built-in lighting and extractor hood, an integrated sink and plenty of space for all the accessory one could desire. It comes in two version: as a wall-mounted unit or as an island.

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Paolo Passerini designed a space-efficient, super compact kitchen fitted with a peninsula. It’s called Timo Plus and its beautiful, sleek curves and shiny finishes give it a glamorous look which only enhances its overall beauty.

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Designed to suit open space homes which put the living room and the kitchen is the same space, this piece comes from i29 architects. It helps create a seamless transition between the spaces thanks to its simple and transparent design. The island has been reduced to only the most basic features but don’t let its minimalism fool you. It comes equipped with all the basic accessories including the sink, cooking top and electrical connections plus the kitchen island seating is definitely a great feature.

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Mila is a simple, user-friendly design with an L-shaped kitchen peninsula and lots of built-in storage. Its practical but stylish and bold character is complemented by the glossy or satin lacquer finishes. The open units offer flexible storage and the design can come with or without open shelves.

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The Slim kitchen is as simple as it can be. Designed by Italian company Elmar, it’s ideal for small spaces. It includes a series of minimalist cabinets with tons of storage inside, alternating heights and an island with an extendable countertop which slides out to reveal addition prep space. There’s also an additional wooden breakfast nook built into the island, overlapping with the countertop.

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Designed with great attention to detail, the Whirlpool Glamour Kitchen offers high standards in a simple form. The island stands out with its dramatic and fluid structure, with emphasis on the built-in sink.

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Clean lines and organic forms define the LEAF kitchen. Culimaat High End Kitchens used nature as their source of inspiration when designing this contemporary island with rounded organic forms. The design is very efficient but, at the same time, very simple. All the appliances and accessories are cleverly hidden but within arm’s reach.

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OLA25 is a limited edition kitchen manufactured in 84 single pieces. Its elegant and innovative design reflects harmonious and passionate collaboration between Snaidero and Pininfarina. The kitchen features a black matt lacquered finish combined with metallic red lacquered elements and a glass worktop. The sculptural peninsula is made of carbon fiber.

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Home Brand came up with a series of designs for modern kitchens, all made of metal. It’s a look meant for industrial decors and, although made of metal, the furniture and accessories feature delicate lines which soften the look.

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The Solid Surface kitchen that Marco Fumagalli designed is made of two thirds rock mineral and one third methylmetacrilate. This allows the blocks to have a uniform and resistance structure. Add to that the flexibility that such simple designs offer and a whole range of unique design solutions will be revealed.

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Both modern and practical, these kitchen configurations from Snaidero showcase the versatility and adaptability of the design. Available in different colors and finishes, the kitchen also impresses with its minimalism, featuring a countertop/ bar that appears to be floating.

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In contemporary kitchens we often see a resurface of natural materials and finishes and this is beautifully illustrated by this design by Willi Bruckbauer. The center of attention is a solid oak trunk. The weathered bark and the saw-cut wood combined with the concrete countertop showcase a sharp but beautiful contrast.