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Classic Urban

Kitchens for every type of reader

The classic black-and-white kitchen is realized with exuberance and Old World detail. Though ready to accommodate a busy household, this kitchen's design is also perfect for a small space, where diagonal tiling would make the kitchen appear larger.

Table and chairs: Bel Air by Jolina

Range: La Cornue

Refrigerator: GE

Food processor: Robot Coupe

Blender: Paco Jet

A cook's domain takes its Asian serenity from simple lines and exotic touches that dress up the all-business work surfaces. The sense of calm is maintained by using two islands, one for prep and one for cooking, and locating all electric devices on the walls.

Range: Wolf

Hood: Abbaka

Stools: Dune stools by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt
The sleek mobile island and modish lighting give a contemporary feel to this otherwise traditional kitchen. The color scheme and classic materials give it an almost masculine black-tie formality.

From "Modernist Marriage," November 2004

Lighting: hanging light designed by Chris Tippett and Ray Booth, from Kevin Reilly for Holly Hunt:

Range and hood: FiveStar

Hardware: Dornbracht

Walls: Benjamin Moore's Bleecker Beige paint

Island: vintage French dining table from A.D. Antiquity

This kitchen, with a mix of rustic and urban touches grounded by dark wood, gets its personality from the collectibles on the open shelves and mod nautical chairs in a natural finish.

From "Natural Charm," May 2005

Chairs: Yacht barstools by Soane Ltd., London

Viking: range

Farmhouse sink: Gracious Home

Paint:Farrow & Ball Dimity paint

Cabinets fittings: Crown City Hardware: fittings

Toaster: Dualit
A cook's sanctuary need not be a steely, laboratory atmosphere. Highly polished fixtures, bookmatched marble on the floor and the crisp, furnished feel of a striped wallpaper make this kitchen with a warm, historical touch.

Dishwasher: Bosch Integra series

Wallpaper: Cowtan & Tout: Key Stripe in Charcoal

Restrained lines and shimmery light wood give this classic kitchen an Asian touch. The layout, adaptable to any sized space, promotes ease of movement and conversation for a multitasking cook.

From "Precision Made," May 2003

Faucets and hardware: Chicago Faucets

Range and hood: Viking

Downlights: Edison Price Darklite

Hanging lamps and Group One counter chairs: David Schaefer for Furniture Co.

Fruit bowl: Stelton


Warmly efficient and slightly masculine, this timeless contemporary kitchen accommodates a solitary cook or fast moving couple.

From "Village Den," June 2005

Range: Viking

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Countertops: Stoneworks International

Flooring and backsplash: D&W Ceramics

Cabinets: David Turner Designs
This kitchen is outfitted with laboratory cabinets for a look that is retro but sleek. Dark wood and delicate china displayed behind glass warm up the room's industrial chic.

From "Something Old, Something New," May 2004

Cabinets: Lab Fabricators
Cabinet hardware: Omnia
Overhead lighting: Pell Artifex
Task lighting: Alkco
Range: Bosch
Dining table: Knoll
Cab chairs: Cassina
Double oven: Thermador
Refrigerator and wine storage: Sub Zero
Dishwasher: Miele
A serious cook can have the family swirling around as long as the surroundings are crisp and clean and diners and kibbitzers are no more than an arm's length away. This classic white kitchen, perfect for a smaller urban space, fits the bill.

From "Straight Talk," December 2004

Lighting: 1930s Holophane lights from Remains, NYC

Stools: Crate & Barrel

Faucet: Barwil

Range: Wolf

Hood: Viking

Dishwasher: Miele

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero


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