Modern Kitchens That Any Cook Would Swoon Over

Sleek doesn't have to mean boring.

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Julia Robbs

Whether you're partial to an all-white design or live for a pop of color, there's nothing like a sleek, modern kitchen. See some of our favorite modern kitchens that will convince you to rethink your own design scheme.

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Christian Harder
Subdued Hues

For a custom home, Joan Enger of J. PATRYCE DESIGN adhered to a subdued palette that exudes a modern aesthetic. Custom cerused oak kitchen cabinetry with custom brass detailing, circular pendant lights from Lambert & Fils, and marble countertops and backsplash from Marble America complete the space. The appliances are by Wolf and the stools are from CB2, and the appliances, Wolf.

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Muted Green Accents

Los Angeles-based lifestyle blogger Aimee Song opted for a sleek kitchen with muted green cabinets, along with three-inch marble countertops. The cabinets, which are from Ikea, feature fronts that give them a luxe feel. The flooring is original to the home.

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Julia Robbs
Classic Black and White

For a kitchen in a New York City condo, Homepolish's Jae Joo settled on a pairing of black and white marble, along with black stools and cabinets with white throw pillows and accents. The space, which is connected to the dining area, leads out to the balcony.

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Richard Powers
Minimalist Living

A Mexican home boasts a minimalist aesthetic. In the kitchen, the cabinetry, vent hood, and table are by Boffi, the countertop is Caesarstone, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, the range is by Wolf, and the ovens are by Miele.

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Ultra Marine

A contemporary kitchen in a Boston home designed by features blue glass subway tile and a wine refrigerator.

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Douglas Friedman
All White

An all-white kitchen in a playful NYC apartment is outfitted with cabinetry by Bulthaup, a countertop and sink by Corian, fittings by Vola, and an oven and cooktop by Gaggenau. The light fixture is by Bega, and the floor is terrazzo.

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Claire Esparros
Open Concept

Homepolish co-founder Will Nathan's kitchen in a New York City loft is a lesson in designing an open concept space. From its white marble island to its open shelving and trio of minimalist pendants, the space showcases organic modernism at its best.

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Pop of Eggplant

Eggplant-hued kitchen cabinetry in a high-gloss finish add contrast to sleek, white cabinets.

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William Abranowicz
Loft Living

In a San Francisco loft, the kitchen’s cabinetry is by , the countertops are , the faucet is by , the stools are by and the wall sculpture is by .

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Björn Wallander
Modernist Beauty

In a modernist San Miguel de Allende home, black open shelves complement a charred wood center island. The refrigerator is by , the cooktop is by , the ovens are by , and the sink fittings are by (left) and (right). The island is encased in wood that was charred on-site and topped with Carrara marble, and the backsplash is local granite with a leather finish. The 1970s stools are Italian.

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Trevor Tondro
Bright and Cozy

The breakfast room boasts a Saarinen table and chairs by , the painting is by Martin Sniper and the light fixture is by in a glam Palm Springs home.

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Max Zambelli
Inviting Townhouse

In a textile designer's townhouse, the kitchen counters are Calacatta Gold marble, the backsplash tile is by , the range is by , the stools are from and the light fixture is by .

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Trevor Tondro
Contemporary Accents

In the kitchen of a contemporary Central Park apartment, the table is by , the chairs are covered in a leather from and the light fixture is by .

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Richard Powers
Stainless Steel Details

In the kitchen of an NYC apartment dedicated to art, the custom island is topped with brushed stainless steel, the range is by , the Saarinen table and chairs are from , and the Dandelion chandeliers by Tony Duquette are from ; the Roman shade is of a China Seas fabric with velvet trim from , and the floor tiles are by .

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Simon Upton
Chic and Clean

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.

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William Waldron
Dark Hues

Modern design shows its dark side with a sleek black island in this chic Manhattan kitchen. Above the island hangs a glass pendant light, and behind it, a photograph by .

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Simon Upton
Textured Accents

Black granite floors and Panton chairs by take center stage in this -designed home in Caracas. Wood wine racks, laminate cabinetry and a marble-top Saarinen table by add variety and texture to the space without being distracting.

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Roger Davies
Fit for Entertaining

Designed for true modern-day entertaining, this Florida home by Nate Berkus showcases stools by and light fixtures by Historical Materialism. The marble wall tiles are by , and the counters are teak.

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Richard Powers
Minimalist Details

In a young couple's Brussels home designed by architect , 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.

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Simon Upton
Luxurious Living

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 and the floor is lined with Corten steel tiles.

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Simon Upton
Clean and Cool

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 chandelier and 1970s barstools. The cabinetry is custom made, and the refrigerators are by .

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Simon Upton
Unexpected Blue

In this Brooklyn loft designed by , 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 .

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Simon Upton
Parisian Style

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 , the ovens and refrigerator are by and the sink fittings are by .

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Sergey Ananiev
Cozy Space

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 , the plates on the kitchen counter are by and pendant lights by hang above the table.

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William Abranowicz
Ultra-Modern

Ralph Lauren's kitchen opts for modernism over tradition, with ovens and a cooktop by , 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 .

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William Abranowicz
Wood Tones

This San Francisco loft, belonging to designer , 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 barstools.

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William Waldron
White Palette

This modern kitchen in fashion designer '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 .

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Bjorn Wallander
Rustic Charm

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 , the oven is by , the stove and hood are by , the sink by has Dornbracht fittings and the custom-made stools are covered in an leather.

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Richard Powers
Custom Details

Cowhide makes a surprise appearance in this contemporary Los Angeles bachelor pad with custom-made stools covered in an cowhide in the kitchen. The island features a surface by , the lacquered cabinetry is custom made and the sink fittings are by .

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Eric Piasecki
Urban Glam

In a Manhattan home overlooking the Hudson river, the kitchen counter is by , the stove and oven are by , the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the sink fittings are by .

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