Best Kitchens 2021

Thomas Love

An all-white kitchen may be a classic, but it was an endangered species in the design world in 2021. In its place: color, luster, and sparkling details from emerald lacquer coats to hand-molded terrazzo floors and custom chandeliers. If we had to psychoanalyze the trend, we’d guess that the months (which turn into years) of time spent at home — and home kitchens where cold ranges were suddenly launched to produce everything from sourdough loaves to homemade gourmet meals — might be an inspiration to many. To increase the design of the most used spaces in the house. Here are some of our favourites.

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Green lacquer envelops a simple kitchen in a Parisian loft designed by Fabrizio Casiraghi. The galley kitchen has zinc countertops, the oven is by Miele, and the kitchen’s interior is limestone floors with Verde Alpi marble.
The bright blue La Cornue collection was the starting point for Summer Thornton’s design for the Chicago kitchen. Oak cabinetry, a heavily ornate marble counter, and Roman and Williams Guild pendants add to the room’s dazzle.
Textile touches like fluted wood cabinets by Henrybuilt and Cristallo quartzite by ABC Stone bring warmth to a sleek modern kitchen by Michael K. Chen. The barstools are by KGBL, and the pendant is by Roll & Hill.
Architect Poonam Khanna’s design for a Hamptons kitchen features a custom copper-clad island that has been designed to match the passage of time. Topped with a Calacatta marble table. pendants by device.
Lavender walls add unexpected charm to the kitchen in textile designer Lisa Corti’s Milan apartment, which is separated from the living room by a windowed wall. Colorful accents like a blue workbench and red base plates add to the candy color palette.
In Johannesburg, architects Silvio Rich and Leslie Carstens created an open kitchen with a flamed Namibian granite island and Faber upper cylinder vent hoods. The Aga stove is original to the 1950s home designed by Eyvind Finsen.
A massive wooden table by Hermes Erbanesteria provides an organic counterpoint to the stainless-steel kitchen in the Rio de Janeiro home of designer Juliana Lima Vasconcellos. The chairs are by Andrée Putman for Emeco.
A restaurateur’s kitchen in a mid-century villa in Capri, designed by architect Giuliano Andrea Delova, has faience-tiled walls, custom metal-fronted cabinetry by DeManincor, commercial hardware, and terrazzo flooring.
An antique farmhouse table provides additional work space and anchors the kitchen in this 1880s Chris Benz home on Long Island. He kept the cabinets in the house and updated them with Farrow & Ball’s Old White, with doors and trim in Ball Green. Brass hardware from refurbishment.
This kitchen, inside an 18th-century villa designed by Lorenzo Castillo, maintains an old-world charm but with opulent touches—sometimes literally: the bronze fringed chandelier was sourced from a royal house in Madrid.
London-based design firm Retrouvius turns reclaimed architectural elements into “glamorous glamor”. In this cottage kitchen, the island is made from old museum cabinets, and the pendants are made from an antique Czech glass alchemy funnel.
From copper cabinetry to hand-cast glass chandeliers and chunky terrazzo flooring, this Milanese kitchen by architect Hannes Peer recalls the glamor of the 1970s. Classic bar stools by Marcel Breuer.
For a 1930s bungalow in the Silverlake area of ​​Los Angeles, LAUN’s Rachel Bullock created a kitchen in a box: a green-painted cube that hides appliances, cabinets, dish racks, and pantry utensils. Next to it is the island with pink marble.
For restaurateur Rose Bonora, Ryan Lawson outfitted an 18th-century home in Stamford, Connecticut, with a raw-wood-paneled island and open shelving by Matthew Mattegut for Gubi. The wall-mounted lamps are from Schoolhouse Electric, the range is by Wolf and the refrigerator is from Sub Zero.
Feng shui principles guided the design of the TriBeCa kitchen by architecture firm Dash Marshall. The curved cabinet wall and matching island embody the concept of “flow” and are clad in tambour panels. The counters are by Caesarstone, and the pendants are by Ladies & Gentleman Studio.


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The countertop of this Brooklyn kitchen from Home Studios is an island covered in fluted white marble with a matching, matching backsplash in deeply veined Paonazzo. Custom oak mill hides hardware and storage. The domain is from Lacanche.
In a Brooklyn townhouse designed by Sevillian, the kitchen has been moved to the salon floor. Inspired by commercial kitchens, the steel-framed island gets a luxurious upgrade with an Arrabescatto marble countertop. A custom hood in red laminate adds a pop of color to the neutral space.

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