Kitchen Details That Embrace ‘Less Is More’ Mentality

ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN | BY | September 17, 2018
Smith designed the space with two sinks--one across from the range and the other next to the dishwashers--in order to have cleaning areas separate from the heart of the kitchen. The Franke sinks, Dornbracht faucets and Gaggenau dishwashers are from Ferguson.
Smith designed the space with two sinks--one across from the range and the other next to the dishwashers--in order to have cleaning areas separate from the heart of the kitchen. The Franke sinks, Dornbracht faucets and Gaggenau dishwashers are from Ferguson.

Today’s edited approach to designing interiors often includes relying on minimalistic details to provide balance in a room. Forget the stark white box method–incorporating graphic lines, natural materials and clean surfaces into kitchens allows other decorative elements to shine, creating harmonious and livable areas of the home.

NATURAL BEAUTY

In this Los Angeles, California kitchen designed by Windsor Smith, leather and iron armchairs from Melissa Levinson Antiques sit under Suzanne Kasler pendant lights by Visual Comfort, while a black Lacanche range and rotisserie from La Cornue anchor the far side of the room.
In this Los Angeles, California kitchen designed by Windsor Smith, leather and iron armchairs from Melissa Levinson Antiques sit under Suzanne Kasler pendant lights by Visual Comfort, while a black Lacanche range and rotisserie from La Cornue anchor the far side of the room.

The “less is more” concept is exemplified in this Los Angeles kitchen imagined by designer Windsor Smith, who masterfully mixes components including European antiques, industrial storage and rustic flooring. The final result is a minimalist space that, while both casual and comfortable, is “not overly thought through or contrived,” Smith explains.

KITCHEN PHOTOS: MICHAEL WELLS PHOTOGRAPHY

MAT FINISH

Kitchen Details That Embrace 'Less Is More' Mentality

Luxury appliance fabricator Monogram has teamed with fashion designer Zac Posen to create a custom refrigerator column facade fit for a red carpet debut. Thinking about form, shape and how the delicate draping of cloth can be translated onto a flat surface, the designer came up with a graphic composition executed in a rich charcoal mirror finish.

PHOTO COURTESY MONOGRAM

GRAPHIC PUNCH

Kitchen Details That Embrace 'Less Is More' Mentality

For her first foray into tile design, interior designer Nicole Fuller decided there was no better medium than the one used by the ancient Egyptians: terrazzo. This idea combined with the contemporary patterns of her Whimsy collection for Ann Sacks “represents a blurring of the lines between modern and traditional,” Fuller says. Four patterns, including Ellsworth (left) and Palm (right), come in several colorways.

PHOTO COURTESY ANN SACKS

SILVER SPOON

Kitchen Details That Embrace 'Less Is More' Mentality

Originally created in 1928 by Jean Puiforcat and inspired by the exterior of the Hotel Martinez in the south of France, the updated Cannes Precieux collection includes the addition of semiprecious stone handles some 90 years later. Shown in onyx and available in jade, jasper and lapis lazuli, this sterling silver flatware is sure to elevate everyday dining.

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