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The Unfitted Kitchen: 14 Deconstructed Spaces

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The Unfitted Kitchen: 14 Deconstructed Spaces

April 16, 2017

Throw out all the rules; here are 14 examples of the next wave in kitchen design, which we pegged as an emerging trend a while back in our post 15 Interiors Trends for Autumn 2015 (a reader agreed with us: “I’m all over this trend. Perfect looks suburban.”).

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Above: The kitchen at The Apartment by The Line in SoHo, NYC, is composed of stainless steel restaurant components. For more see A Soho Dream Loft (Where Everything Is for Sale).
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Above: A Stockholm kitchen with a workbench kitchen from Stadshem.
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Above: A kitchen in Japan with a mix of concrete and wood by Naruse Inokuma Architects from Steal This Look: A Restaurant Supply Kitchen in Tokyo.
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Above: The kitchen in the Fujimidai house in Hujimidai by Snark Architecture.
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Above: A kitchen made up of stainless and wood components from Steal This Look: Smart Storage in a Swedish Kitchen.
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Above: An airy cooking space in Scandinavian Simplicity: A Reimagined Swedish Summerhouse.
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Above: A small kitchen with a custom counter of cubbies for fixtures, appliances, and cookware from Kitchen of the Week: An Echo Park Kitchen Revived, Budget Edition.
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Above: German designer Katrin Arens own kitchen in Italy from Slow Design: Pallet as Plate Rack by Katrin Arens.
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Above: A kitchen in Todos Santos, Mexico, photographed by Laure Joliet from A Soulful Casita in Todos Santos, Mexico, for a French Aesthete.
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Above: A modular kitchen from a Berlin company; see more at The New Old-World Kitchen from Noodles, Noodles & Noodles Corp.
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Above: In his own kitchen, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, a partner in the Copenhagen firm Norm Architects, installed a cooktop set into a workbench for a sense of airiness. Photo from Expert Advice: Monochrome for the Minimalist (and Maximalist).
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Above: Half of the Rye kitchen in London is comprised of stainless steel workbenches and appliances. For more see Kitchen of the Week: An Artful Ikea Hack Kitchen by Two London Foodies.
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Above: A curtained kitchen with a small tiled backsplash from Kitchen of the Week: The Curtained Kitchen, Dutch Modern Edition.
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Above: Belgian architect Hans Verstuyft opted for open shelving in a kitchen in Antwerp; see more at Sober Luxury in Downtown Antwerp.

For more ideas head over to Gardenista to see a deconstructed outdoor kitchen in Outbuilding of the Week: A Cookhouse at Kurtwood Farm on Vashon Island.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 16, 2015.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a deconstructed kitchen?

A deconstructed kitchen refers to a design approach that involves stripping down traditional kitchen elements and exposing the raw, structural features of the space. It results in a stripped-back, minimalistic look with a focus on functional materials and natural finishes.

What are some common features of a deconstructed kitchen?

Some common features of a deconstructed kitchen include: open shelving, minimalistic cabinetry, exposed pipes and ducts, industrial-style lighting, reclaimed wood or concrete finishes, and a focus on natural materials.

Is a deconstructed kitchen practical?

Yes, a deconstructed kitchen can be just as practical as a traditional kitchen. In fact, it often prioritizes function over form, resulting in a space that is highly functional and efficient. The open shelving and minimalistic cabinetry allow for easy access to kitchen supplies, and the exposed pipes and ducts can add character and interest to the space.

What are the benefits of a deconstructed kitchen design?

Some benefits of a deconstructed kitchen design include: a focus on natural and sustainable materials, a stripped-back, minimalistic aesthetic that can suit a range of design preferences, and the ability to make the most of raw, structural features of the space.

What are some tips for designing a deconstructed kitchen?

Some tips for designing a deconstructed kitchen include: focusing on natural and sustainable materials, such as reclaimed wood or concrete, incorporating minimalistic cabinetry and open shelving, prioritizing function over form, and using industrial-style lighting to add character to the space.

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