Chefs kitchens are known for their high-end appliances and abundance of storage space, but that’s about it – there are no set rules when it comes to decorating a chef’s kitchen, which is why it can be a bit hard to nail its design. These chef’s kitchens featured in AD will inspire you – from industrial chic to ultramodern!
A Modernized Kitchen in a Gothic Revival
One of the best ways to design a chef’s kitchen is to restrain yourself. This gothic revival manse by interior designer Ghislaine Viñas is a clear example of that. “I was flabbergasted by the beauty of the property,” Viñas recalls of her first visit to the site. “The house was meticulously renovated, and the structure was in fine shape, so we had to determine what changes were really necessary.” Though the kitchen may look entirely new, all of the cabinetry and fittings existed prior to Viñas’s redesign.
High-Contrast Marble Packs a Punch in L.A.
Thanks to a redesign by David John Dick, coprincipal of DISC Interiors, this renovated home feels just as memorable inside as it does outside. The kitchen gives a visual one-two punch with its herringbone floors and high-contrast marble island. The grey and gold-plated brass bar chairs make for a stunning neutral element that contrasts wonderfully with the marble counters.
India-Inspired Flair Sets This Upstate New York Farmhouse Apart
Homeowner Beverly Kerzner worked with architect Niels Schoenfelder on her upstate New York compound for four years before it was ready. In the open kitchen—the clear heart of the house—evenings are spent cooking as guests mingle around the bar. Subtly divided by a plastered fireplace, the kitchen opens up into the expansive and double height living area, where, despite its uniquely modern feel, the soul of India, where one of Schoenfelder’s early structures was built, remains undeniably present.
Pale Blue Is Put to Work in a Fort Lauderdale Property
For his first property in Florida, designer Jake Arnold went with the vision of tropical, vacation-level relaxation. “I’d never used blue before this project,” Arnold says. But here, in the open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area, “it’s what was most appropriate to the space and to the waterfront context.”
A 300-Year-Old Former Dairy Farm Takes a Modern Turn
In this home owned by Tyler Mitchell and his wife, and redesigned by Brooks & Falotico, La Cornue range serves as the certerpiece for the kitchen. The dueling stone waterfall islands are made of the same dark marble and have plenty of space to prep food. “We’re huge cooks and often have family and friends over helping us get dinner on the table, so having a lot of space to do that was important,” Mitchell says.
Industrial Chic Goes Uptown
Manhattan-based interior designer Neal Becksedt was called in to decorate a 1928, three-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side. Beckstedt’s team mostly gutted the kitchen to make it feel more modern, but its original stainless steel cabinets were left in place to give the space a nuanced, industrial twist. “You have to lean into the beauty of the space,” Beckstedt says. “The drawer might not perfectly glide out but that’s the charm…the beauty of an old home. It has soul.”
The Crown Jewel of a Maryland Compound’s Four Kitchens
David Williams, the owner of this home, collaborated with Cathy Purple Cherry, of Purple Cherry Architects, to bring life to this stunning Maryland home. Within the 17 total buildings on the land, there is a total of four kitchens, though one of these is clearly the crown jewel. Like much of the home, a coastal color scheme is present, with blue accents placed throughout.
A Literal Chef’s Kitchen in Sag Harbor
When designing his home in New York, Chef Eric Ripert partnered with architect Blaze Makoid to create a space of simplicity and subtlety. Ripert being the co-owner of Le Bernardin—which has been awarded three Michelin stars for excellence in cuisine and has received four stars from The New York Times four consecutive times, making it the only restaurant to maintain that unique status for that length of time—the kitchen is a big deal.
“I went to Gaggenau, the very best for building kitchens, and they made sense of my nonsense,” says Ripert, who chose to outfit his kitchen with an induction stove top, which is easy to maintain and saves energy, and worked with SieMatic on the space’s design. “It’s very effective to have a one-man show. I call it a Formula One kitchen.”
A Sun-Filled Space in a Historic Portland Home
After securing their dream lot, a couple based in Portland, Oregon, it was time to renovate the 1922 Federal-style 5,400-square-foot house. One of the primary shifts that took place over the course of the remodel was the relocation of the kitchen to the sunnier side of the property. A second canning and project kitchen was also added, as well as an upstairs laundry room and a basement-level sauna and wine cellar. The first two floors, however, remained stunning in their own right. “Everything needed to be beautiful to look at but in no way intimidating,” Borden says. “We wanted each space to be used and well-loved. Every sofa invites you to cozy up, while the main kitchen coaxes you in…Even the laundry room feels like a luxurious space [that] you [would] want to hang out in.”
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