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    Ten kitchens with polished granite surfaces

    The durable, stain-resistant qualities of granite make it a choice material for kitchens. Our latest lookbook showcases 10 kitchens on Dezeen that celebrate the light-coloured stone.

    Waterproof and scratch-resistant, the igneous rock granite has been used in construction and interior design for centuries.
    Today, the versatile material is often used as an alternative to marble to top kitchen counters and work surfaces, as well as in bathrooms or on floors.
    From a large grey granite kitchen island in a Mexican apartment to a chevron-patterned granite floor in a London house, the examples below showcase the many ways in which the stone can be used to furnish kitchens.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks homes with characterful floating staircases that appear to defy gravity, atriums that brighten and expand residential spaces and calm green bedrooms that showcase the power of natural colours.

    Photo is by Federica Carlet403 Greenwich, US, by Stefano Pasqualetti
    A mix of materials including steel, marble, granite and wood were peppered throughout this New York residence, which Italian architect Stefano Pasqualetti aimed to make feel “soothing and timeless”.
    In the open-plan kitchen, which offers views onto Tribeca’s West Historic District neighbourhood, walnut cabinets are fitted with granite worktops while a standout blackened metal staircase runs through the property’s core.
    Find out more about 403 Greenwich ›
    Photo is by Ståle EriksenGrove Park, UK, by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects 
    Designed for a client with a keen interest in the outdoors, Grove Park is a terraced house that offers expansive views of the greenery and wild woodland outside.
    London-based studio O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects paired the ash-lined kitchen interior with creamy Shivakashi granite countertops and splashback and polished concrete flooring, which was cast in situ.
    Find out more about Grove Park ›
    Photo is by Denilson MachadoDN Apartment, Brasil, by BC Arquitetos
    Located in a 1970s building in the Jardins neighbourhood of São Paulo, this 230-square-metre apartment was designed for a landscape architect by local studio BC Arquitetos.
    The apartment comprises a primarily warm natural walnut interior that is complemented with harder materials, such as concrete columns, stone flooring and granite countertops. A collection of mid-20th century art adds the finishing touch.
    Find out more about DN Apartment ›
    Photo is by Joana França308 S, Brazil, by Bloco Arquiteos
    Brazilian architecture studio Bloco Arquitetos transformed 308 S, an apartment in Brasília, by removing several walls and reconfiguring the challenging layout to make it more open plan.
    To add to the stripped-back look, the architects opted for a neutral colour palette, while pale granite was used for the kitchen and bathroom countertops and flooring.
    Find out more about 308 S›
    Photo is by José HeviaVillarroel Apartment, Spain, by Raúl Sánchez Architects
    The three main areas inside this apartment in Barcelona are distinguished by contrasting materials rather than traditional walls, making it appear more spacious and flexible.
    Wooden floors and white-washed walls define the living area while functional spaces such as the kitchen – where a granite breakfast island takes centre stage – are completed in shades of grey.
    Find out more about Villarroel Apartment ›
    Photo is by Onnis LuqueCasa Nicté-Ha, Mexico, by Di Frenna Arquitectos
    A large granite kitchen island with an adjoining wooden counter is positioned in the middle of the double-height kitchen and dining area inside Casa Nicté-Ha, a home designed by Di Frenna Arquitectos in Colima City, Mexico.
    Elsewhere in the three-bedroom house, the studio mixed dark and light decor including white-painted walls, warm wood and concrete floors and exposed steel beams.
    Find out more about Casa Nicté-Ha ›
    Photo is by Serena EllerDiplomat Apartment, Italy, by 02A
    Antique and mid-century furnishings join sleek, contemporary cabinetry to create this one-bedroom flat in Rome by local architecture and interiors studio 02A.
    The stateless diplomat who owns and lives in the dwelling wanted to make his home a sanctuary filled with items he collected during his trips abroad.
    Find out more about Diplomat Apartment ›
    Photo is by NosheArt-Apart, Germany, by Raum404
    Swiss-based studio Raum404 chose to keep the interiors as minimal, white and spacious as possible in its renovation of Art-Apart, a 19th-century apartment-cum-gallery in Berlin.
    The artist owner tasked the studio with creating a space that could be opened up to the public for exhibitions, which resulted in furniture that could be folded up and plenty of white cupboards that could conceal personal belongings.
    Find out more about Art-Apart ›

    Hackney House, UK, by Applied Studio
    Black timber decor and plenty of windows were installed in architecture and interior design studio Applied Studio’s overhaul of this house in east London’s Hackney.
    Afterward, the studio fitted the glass extension that houses the kitchen and dining table with chevron-patterned granite flooring.
    Find out more about Hackney House ›
    Photo is by French + TyeGolden Lane, UK, by Archmongers
    Quirky modernist elements such as pops of primary colours and glossy furnishings were reinstated by Archmongers in its renovation of this 1950s flat in an inner city London estate.
    In the peninsula kitchen, which is separated from the dining area by chunky white door frames, white cabinets are topped with steel, while grey terrazzo with granite chips highlights the counter end and splashback.
    Find out more about Golden Lane ›
    This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing residential interiors bolstered by exposed wooden beams, living spaces with glossy surfaces that create depth and dimension and gardens with swimming pools that are made for summer.

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    Ten steely kitchens that use metal as their primary material

    A black steel island fitted between original cast-iron columns, a gleaming stainless-steel kitchen and one with reclaimed metal cabinetry are among the kitchen interiors featured in our latest lookbook.

    Metal kitchens can make for a stylish addition to a residential interior, often lending the heart of the home an industrial and restaurant-style look.
    These types of kitchens are said to have risen to popularity during the 1950s, after the steel factories that were formerly used to manufacture weapons pivoted to produce domestic goods.
    Though they went out of favour in the 1960s, by the turn of the millennium sleek, stainless steel kitchens were popularised in residential homes as the result of a futuristic, technology-driven outlook.
    They have since come to represent a modern kitchen look. Here, Dezeen has spotlighted ten homes that make use of metal in residential kitchens in different ways.

    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing relaxing hammocks, white bathrooms and minimalist interiors with natural palettes.
    Photo is by Ioana MarinescuFrame House, UK, by Jonathan Tuckey Design
    British studio Jonathan Tuckey Design renovated this Grade-II listed building in west London, creating a two-storey home that features open-plan living solutions and skeletal partitions.
    Its kitchen, which was positioned behind an intentionally incomplete wall, was clad in stainless steel to provide the home with a cool metallic distinction against the exposed brick walls and plywood carpentry that surround it.
    Find out more about Frame House ›
    Photo is by Ralph FeinerFarmhouse, Switzerland by Baumhauer
    Set within a vaulted room in a traditional barn house in the Swiss hamlet of Florins, architecture studio Baumhauer used clean lines and modern finishes to juxtapose against the home’s farmhouse look.
    An L-shaped kitchen, comprised of two stainless steel counters and rows of cabinetry, was placed beneath the curving ceiling. The metal countertop has a seamless look and features a built-in sink and electric hob, with appliances incorporated within the steel cupboards below.
    Find out more about the farmhouse ›
    Photo is by Nieve, Productora AudiovisualCasa Roc, Spain, by Nook Architects
    Fitted along the edge of an open-plan living and dining room, a glossy metal-lined kitchen adds a modern look to the interior of this Barcelona apartment, which was renovated by Spanish studio Nook Architects.
    The renovation saw the studio maintain the Gothic Quarter apartment’s original mosaic floors and wooden beams while applying shades of grey and white across the walls and ceiling.
    Find out more about Casa Roc ›
    Photo is by Salva LópezBarcelona apartment, Spain, by Isabel López Vilalta
    Several partition walls were removed in architecture and interior design studio Isabel López Vilalta’s overhaul of this penthouse apartment in Barcelona’s Sarrià-Sant Gervasi.
    Afterward, the studio fitted a black iron island that anchored the kitchen, and its appliances, within the now open-plan kitchen, dining and living area.
    “Life in the kitchen was very important to the family, they felt more comfortable in a lively, gathering space than in a strictly traditional and functional kitchen,” said Vilalta.
    Find out more about Barcelona apartment ›
    Photo is by Paul WarcholThe Photographer’s Loft, US, by Desai Chia Architecture
    Aptly named The Photographer’s Loft, this minimal loft apartment in New York was renovated by US studio Desai Chia Architecture for a photographer local to the city. It occupies a 5,000-square-foot former industrial space and is complete with cast iron columns that line the interior.
    Within the home’s main living space, the studio fitted a long black steel kitchen island that runs parallel to a stark white row of kitchen cabinetry and also a dining table.
    The island’s dark steel construction ties to the apartment’s existing iron columns, creating the impression that it existed alongside its original industrial features.
    Find out more about The Photographer’s Loft ›
    Photo is by Justin Clemons and Robert TsaiCCR1 Residence, US, by Wernerfield
    With a material palette consisting of concrete, steel, teak and glass, this kitchen has a stainless-steel finish that covers its worktops, appliances and below- and overhead cabinetry.
    The kitchen has a U-shaped design that backs onto its living and dining area, creating a social yet practical space. The home was designed by Dallas studio Wernerfield and occupies a lakefront setting in a rural location 60 miles southeast of Dallas.
    Find out more about CCR1 Residence ›
    Photo is by Claudia Muñoz KarigCasa Ocal, Ecuador, by Jorge Ramón Giacometti Taller de Arquitectura
    Reclaimed metal was used across the kitchen of this home designed by architecture studio Jorge Ramón Giacometti Taller de Arquitectura in northern Ecuador.
    The textural weathered material was used across its cupboards, countertops and splashback and contrasts against the home’s light timber walls. Positioned above the single row of cabinets, and with a sink at its middle, a rectangular window provides views across the hilly surroundings.
    Find out more about Casa Ocal ›

    House in Tokushima, Japan, by FujiwaraMuro Architects
    Fitted in a home in Tokushima, a city on the Japanese island of Shikoku, a metallic kitchen flanks a living and dining room between its split-level living arrangement.
    Designed by Japanese studio FujiwaraMuro Architects, the kitchen comprises an open-plan design, with its countertops and sink looking out to an adjoining breakfast bar that lines the border of the home’s dining room.
    Find out more about House in Tokushima ›
    Photo is by French+TyeEast Dulwich house extension, UK, by Alexander Owen Architecture
    London studio Alexander Owen Architecture added a marble-clad extension to this Victorian mid-terrace in East Dulwich, London, which houses a kitchen fitted with poured concrete floors, shot-blaster pewter brick walls, a timber ceiling and a stainless steel kitchen.
    The L-shaped kitchen stretches the width of the home and extends across the adjoining length of the extensions pewter brick walls. Stainless steel clads the tops of the kitchen’s worksurfaces and the sides of an island placed at the centre of the space.
    Find out more about East Dulwich house extension ›
    Photo is by Anton GorlenkoShakespeare Tower apartment, UK, by Takero Shimazaki Architects
    Metal countertops top wooden cabinetry at this Japanese-style apartment located within London’s Barbican Estate by London-based studio Takero Shimazaki Architects.
    The apartment comprises a primarily wooden interior that is complemented with cooler materials, such as glossy-black subway tiles organised across the floors of the kitchen, steel worksurfaces and appliances that run parallel in the galley-style space. An exposed concrete ceiling provides a finishing touch.
    Find out more about Shakespeare Tower apartment ›
    This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing relaxing hammocks, white bathrooms and minimalist interiors with natural palettes.

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    Ten playful pink kitchens that use colour in unexpected ways

    From the bubble-gum-coloured cabinets of a Tokyo apartment to the rosy mosaics found in a modernist Grecian villa, our latest lookbook rounds up 10 pink kitchens from the Dezeen archives.

    Architects and designers often reach for different shades of pink when they want to add interest and personality to a functional space, such as a kitchen.
    Sometimes this takes the form of isolated pops of colour, as seen below in the kitchen islands in a Minsk design office and a creekside home in Lithuania.
    Elsewhere, all of the surfaces from the walls and floors down to the kitchen sink are finished tonally in different shades of pink, as evidenced here by two different Spanish apartments.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing home interiors that make use of statement windows, board-formed concrete and textured cork-covered walls.

    Photo is by Jan VranovskyNagatachō Apartment, Japan, by Adam Nathaniel Furman
    A saccharine, bubblegum-pink kitchen suite sits at the heart of this apartment in Tokyo by British designer Adam Nathaniel Furman, clashed playfully with stripes of “watermelon-green” vinyl flooring.
    “A lot of the way I described the project as I was developing it was through taste and references to cooking and food, so that the colour scheme became a matter of choosing ingredients for a beautifully calibrated visual feast,” Furman told Dezeen.
    Find out more about Nagatachō Apartment ›
    Photo is by Lorenzo ZandriSt Minas House, Greece, by Neiheiser Argyros
    Neiheiser Argyros used playful colours and materials to complement the existing modernist details of a 1970s villa near Athens, which the architecture practice overhauled last year.
    The kitchen’s limited material palette of exposed brick and board-formed concrete was rounded off with unexpected touches, such as perforated aluminium cabinets and a dusty-pink mosaic backsplash with matching counters.
    Find out more about St Minas House ›
    Photo is by JC de MarcosMinimal Fantasy apartment, Spain, by Patricia Bustos Studio
    All of the rooms and most of the surfaces in this holiday apartment in Madrid are finished in some shade of pink – all the way down to the kitchen sink.
    Local practice Patricia Bustos Studio only broke from the colour scheme when it came to the cupboard fronts, which are interrupted by brass detailing and geometric shapes in denim and baby blue.
    Find out more about Minimal Fantasy apartment ›
    Photo is by Luis Díaz DíazMixtape Apartment, Spain, by Azab
    Pale pink walls and cupboard doors help to jazz up this kitchen in a 1960s apartment, which Spanish architecture studio Azab has overhauled for a retiree in Bilbao.
    Mismatched herringbone floor tiles tie the colour scheme together, bringing in little flavours of mint green and cherry red alongside a muted beige to match the timber trim on the kitchen frons.
    Find out more about Mixtape Apartment ›
    Photo is by Dmitry TsyrencshikovStudio11 office, Belarus, by Studio11
    When designing its own workplace in Minsk, interiors practice Studio11 aimed to steer clear of the simple industrial aesthetic favoured by many design and architecture offices.
    That meant juxtaposing the interior’s raw concrete and plaster surfaces with vibrant accents, such as an abstract portrait by Belarusian painter Zakhar Kudin or a blush-coloured counter, which is set in front of the half-painted blue walls in the shared kitchen.
    Find out more about the Studio11 office ›
    Photo is by Javier Agustín RojasLerma workshop, Argentinia, by Estudio Nu
    Argentinian practice Estudio Nu created this communal kitchen when dividing up its own design studio, set in a former dental mechanics workshop in Buenos Aires, in order to create accessible office spaces for other local creatives.
    Here, speckled pink tiles were chosen to match the interior’s muted material palette, which combines rippled glass doors with pale timber walls and concrete floors.
    Find out more about Lerma workshop ›
    Photo is courtesy of ReformDesigners Remix showroom, Denmark, by Reform
    Danish brand Reform, which specialises in customising IKEA kitchen suites, took inspiration from the colour schemes and gradients of makeup palettes when designing the break-out area of this fashion showroom in Copenhagen.
    Here, kitchen fronts from Reform’s Basis collection are finished in progressively deeper pastel shades ranging from peach to blush and dark rose, contrasted against a jet-black sink and tap.
    Find out more about Designers Remix showroom ›
    Photo is by Giedrius MamavičiusHouse and the River, Lithuania, by After Party
    White walls, floors and ceilings create a bright, modern backdrop inside this creek-side house in northern Lithuania, with character added in the form of antique Soviet-era furnishings and splashes of unexpected colour.
    Its monochrome kitchen is tucked under a mezzanine and punctuated by a salmon-coloured island with a terrazzo countertop in ballet-slipper pink.
    Find out more about House and the River ›
    Photo is by Roberto RuizApartment in Born, Spain, by Colombo and Serboli Architecture
    An arched, coral-pink volume squeezes in a second bathroom next to the kitchen of this compact apartment, which is set in a 13th-century residential building in Barcelona’s historic El Born neighbourhood.
    This same motif is repeated in the breakfast island with its curved worktop made of pink quartz and the matching rose-tinted dining table.
    Find out more about Apartment in Born ›
    Photo is by Richard ChiversMaison Pour Dodo, UK, by Studio Merlin
    Pale, plaster-coloured walls and Douglas fir floorboards are contrasted against smokey blue cabinets inside this flat in London’s Stoke Newington, which local practice Studio Merlin overhauled for founder Josh Piddock and his girlfriend.
    The interior combines what Piddock describes as a “spectrum of storage”, ranging from a hacked IKEA kitchen suite topped with a concrete Caesarstone counter to open, pantry-style shelves squeezed in above a small seating nook.
    Find out more about Maison Pour Dodo ›
    This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing statement windows, board-formed concrete and textured cork-covered walls.

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    Watch a talk on designing better kitchens with Gaggenau at Milan design week

    Dezeen hosted a live talk on designing kitchens that form the hub of the home with Yabu Pushelberg and Andrea Molteni, live from Gaggenau’s showcase at this year’s Milan design week.

    Moderated by Dezeen’s editor-at-large Amy Frearson, the talk explored the role that the kitchen plays in the contemporary home, innovations in kitchen design, and how designers can foster a positive home culture through creating better kitchens.
    The panel featured George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, co-founders of design firm Yabu Pushelberg, and Andrea Molteni, vice president at his family firm Molteni&C and director of product development at its sister kitchens brand Dada.

    Watch a talk exploring sustainability and longevity in design with Gaggenau at Milan design week

    As part of the talk, Yabu, Pushelberg and Molteni offered an exclusive look at Tivali, a new kitchen design project on which they have collaborated.
    The talk took place in the conservatory of Milan’s historic Villa Necchi Campiglio, where the brand has created a 360-square-foot interactive installation called A Statement of Form to showcase its highest-grade appliances.

    George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg are co-founders of design firm Yabu PushelbergCanadian designers Yabu and Pushelberg founded Yabu Pushelberg as an interior design firm in Toronto 1980 after graduating from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University, where they studied together.
    The studio has since expanded its remit to include architecture, product design, landscape design, lighting design, branding and graphics. The pair established a second office in New York in 2001. Last year, Yabu Pushelberg won the public vote Dezeen Award for Design Studio of the Year.
    Andrea Molteni is vice president of Molteni&C and director of product development at DadaMolteni is vice president of Molteni&C, a classic Italian design brand founded by his grandparents Angelo and Giuseppina Molteni in 1934.
    Molteni&C’s range of furniture includes a number of well-known 20th-century pieces designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti. Amongst the brand’s more recent product ranges are collaborations with names like Norman Foster, Patricia Urquiola and Jean Nouvel.
    The talk was the second in a series of three hosted by Dezeen in collaboration with Gaggenau running 7-9 June, which are all moderated by Frearson.
    The talk is held at Milan’s historic Villa Necchi CampiglioDuring the first talk, which took place yesterday, designer Søren Rose, BIG’s director of interiors Francesca Portesine, and Foster + Partners’ head of industrial design Mike Holland discussed sustainability and longevity in design.
    Tomorrow, Design Haus Liberty founder Dara Huang and architect Michel Rojkind of Rojkind Arquitectos will feature in a talk on how their practices have changed over the course of the pandemic.
    A Statement of Form is on show between 7-11 June during Milan design week, daily from 11am to 5pm. To visit, register at www.gaggenau.com.
    You can watch all the talks live on Dezeen here.
    Milan design week 2022
    A Statement of Form is part of Milan design week 2022, which takes place from 6 to 12 June 2022. See our Milan design week 2022 guide on Dezeen Events Guide for information about other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.
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    This article was written by Dezeen for Gaggenau as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.

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    Ten wood-clad kitchens with warm and natural interiors

    For our latest lookbook, we showcase ten kitchens where wood panelling and wooden cabinetry create a cosy, homely feel that is more often associated with living rooms.

    These homes are all clad in various types of wood, from pale plywood and birch plywood to warmer-coloured materials such as cypress, oak and pine.
    By using generous amounts of wood, designers and architects have created inviting spaces that also have a more laidback atmosphere than the sometimes sterile feeling that kitchens can evoke.
    This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks including living rooms with floor-to-ceiling glazing, statement skylights and kids’ bedrooms with loft and bunk-beds.
    Photography is by Sebastian van DammeHoliday home, the Netherlands, by Orange Architects

    Dutch office Orange Architects’ wooden holiday cabin on the island of Texel in the Netherlands is clad in black-stained timber on the outside. Inside, its open layout showcases a kitchen clad in light-coloured birch panelling.
    The home also features moveable wooden panels that can be used to divide the interior into different zones as needed.
    Find out more about the holiday home ›
    Photography is by Lorenzo Zandri and Christian BraileyMuswell Hill house, UK, by Architecture for London
    Local studio Architecture for London transformed a run-down Edwardian house in Muswell Hill, London, into an energy-saving home that features materials such as wood, stone and lime plaster, all of which come together in its light, airy kitchen.
    Here, pale oak cabinetry contrasts with grey limestone fixtures. The studio also left the original timber roof exposed to celebrate the house’s “modest beauty”.
    Find out more about the Muswell Hill house ›
    Photography is by Joe FletcherSurf House, US, by Feldman Architecture
    The Surf House in Santa Cruz, California, has an exterior clad in salvaged wood and a wood-panelled kitchen overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
    Designed to fit “naturally and sustainably” into its surroundings, the home’s interior is clad in cypress wood, which becomes a focal point of the design
    In the kitchen, the workspaces, splashback and wooden kitchen island have been covered in black marble, creating a striking contrast against the wood.
    Find out more about Surf House ›
    Photography is by Megan TaylorCurve Appeal, UK, by Nimtim Architects
    Named after its curvy interiors, this 1920s London house was renovated by Nimtim Architects using multifunctional partitions built from plywood joinery.
    These feature decorative arches that open the kitchen up towards the dining room and are complemented by lamps shaped like globes and half-moons.
    Find out more about Curve Appeal ›
    Photography is by Andrew PogueHood Cliff Retreat, US, by Wittman Estes
    Hood Cliff Retreat’s wooden interior matches its surroundings – the holiday home is tucked into a coastal forest in the Pacific Northwest.
    US studio Wittman Estes designed the interior using simple details and a restrained material palette that utilizes pine plywood.
    In the kitchen, countertops were constructed using wood salvaged from an old cabin that used to sit on the plot.
    Find out more about Curve Appeal ›
    Photography is by Dianna SnapeCoopworth farmhouse, Australia, by FMD Architects
    This large farmhouse in Tasmania was designed to resemble rural vernacular buildings and has a dramatic plywood-lined interior. Its sloped ceilings follow the angled roofline and show off wool insulation sourced from the farm’s sheep.
    In the kitchen and living area, wood was also used for the cabinetry and kitchen island, as well as for a low table next to the woodburning stove that holds a trio of sculptural vases.
    Find out more about Coopworth farmhouse ›
    Photography is by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm ArchitectsFjord Boat House, Denmark, by Norm Architects
    The interior of the black-timber-clad Fjord Boat House features a warm material palette, with gleaming oak-lined walls and cabinets and a floor made from handmade ceramic bricks.
    The oak panelling matches the room’s wooden dining table and woven chairs, while a large washi-paper pendant lamp that Norm Architects made in collaboration with Japanese brand Kojima Shouten hangs over the table and adds to the organic feel of the room.
    Find out more about Fjord Boat House ›
    Photography is by Katherine LuVikki’s Place, Australia, by Curious Practice
    Named after its owner, Vikki’s Place is a multigenerational home in Australia that has an open-space living and dining area, where birch-plywood kitchen cabinets match the simple plywood walls.
    The house’s simple materials were deliberately chosen by local studio Curious Practice. “An interior of craft and honesty is prioritised over style or glamour,” the studio explained.
    “It is this elemental, almost primitive construction of space coupled with the raw material treatment which on visiting the house, makes one feel instantly at home.”
    Find out more about Vikki’s Place ›
    Photography is by José Campos Ti Clara, Portugal, by Atelier Espaço P2
    The combination of the stone floor and countertops and a wooden wall in this Portuguese kitchen creates a fun material contrast and gives the kitchen a more luxurious feel.
    The kitchen, which sits in a deep wooden reveal that was created beneath a gable ceiling, was clad in wood and stone to create a comfortable and welcoming experience, according to architecture studio Atelier Espaço P2.
    Find out more about Vikki’s Place ›
    Photography is by Ben HoskingPoint Lonsdale House, Australia, by Edition Office
    The kitchen and living area of Point Lonsdale House features a monolithic, four-metre-wide timber pivot wall that rotates to join the room with an outdoor terrace.
    While the structure of the house is dramatic, its materials are subtle and refined, with dark timber boards used to line the living room. Grey stone, green plants and decorative metallic vases underline the room’s discreetly opulent feel.
    Find out more about Point Lonsdale House ›
    This is the latest in our series of lookbooks, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing living rooms with floor-to-ceiling glazing, statement skylights and kid’s bedrooms with loft and bunk-beds.

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    Ten social kitchen interiors with built-in seating nooks

    For our latest lookbook, we’ve rounded up ten kitchens that integrated seating – from window seats with garden views to benches that double up as vinyl storage.

    Dezeen’s lookbook series provides curated visual inspiration from our image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing textured plaster walls, sculptural staircases and basement conversions.

    Birkedal, Denmark, by Jan Henrik Jansen
    On the Danish island of Møn, architect Jan Henrik Jansen designed a cluster of nine cylindrical holiday homes covered in spruce logs in the hopes of bringing guests closer to their rural environment.
    Here, windows seats are nestled into the curvature of each cabin while pebbles collected from a nearby beach line the floors.

    Find out more about Birkedal ›

    Grove Park, England, by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects
    O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects added a huge picture window to the kitchen of this gardeners’ home to provide varied views of the greenery and the wild woodland outside.
    A comfy seating nook is integrated into its deep-set frame, finished in the same pale ash veneer that panels the rest of the interior.
    Find out more about Grove Park ›

    AR Residence, England, DeDraft
    A concrete bench seat sits opposite the dining table in this London home, measuring just high enough to store the owner’s collection of vinyl records underneath.
    Materials throughout the interior follow a muted natural palette, featuring large-format concrete tiles, exposed Douglas fir roof joists and lacquered-pine window mullions.
    Find out more about AR Residence ›

    Coastal Retreat, USA, by Malcolm Davis Architecture
    Plywood covers the double-height interior of this holiday home, forming a seating nook with integrated shelving that connects the elevated kitchen to the living space beyond.
    Set in California’s Sea Ranch community, which is celebrated as one of the best collections of modernist architecture on America’s West Coast, the house was arranged around views of the rugged coastline.
    Find out more about Coastal Retreat ›

    Low Energy House, England, by Architecture for London
    Original Edwardian details including structural masonry walls and timber roof beams were retained and exposed in this renovation and extension project in London.
    This is complemented by a windows seat made from chunky limestone, which is placed opposite a kitchen counter honed out of the same material to make cooking a more social and communal experience.
    Find out more about Low Energy House ›

    Flitch House, Scotland, by Oliver Chapman Architects
    Timber steps with an integrated bench seat lead up to the kitchen and dining area in this garden room extension, which Oliver Chapman Architects added to a 19th century, Arts and Crafts-style home in Edinburgh.
    To the right of the steps, a sofa and bookshelf help to round off the reading nook with views over the Firth of Forth estuary.
    Find out more about Flitch House ›

    Mo-tel House, England, by Office S&M
    A pink timber volume shaped to look like a house works triple duty as a dining bench, seating nook and storage unit in this open-plan kitchen designed by Office S&M.
    The interior brims with bright colours and recycled materials, including lampshades made from crushed bricks and bathroom counters made of melted milk bottles and chopping boards.
    Find out more about Mo-tel House ›

    Landaburu Borda, Spain, by Jordi Hidalgo Tané
    Spanish studio Jordi Hidalgo Tané nestled this underground house extension into a hillside in the Navarra mountains so as not to disrupt its dramatic setting.
    A deep concrete sill covered with potted plants runs along the length of the structure and doubles as a seating area for admiring the views.
    Find out more about Landaburu Borda ›

    Dollis Hill Avenue, England, by Thomas-McBrien
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    How to Paint Metal Furniture & Fixtures

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    Learn the techniques for preparing, priming, and painting metal to get a smooth lasting finish. I am showing how I painted my wrought iron kitchen table base to a glossy white, along with how to paint other metal items you have in your home. Knowing the right paint to use and the metal painting process, you can paint any type of metal to change the color or to simply freshen the look.
    Wrought Iron Metal Table Base Before Painting

    The number one question I receive about painting metal is – How do you get paint to stick to metal? The answer – sanding and a good bonding primer – once these are done on the metal surface, then applying the paint in a few light coats will ensure a permanent finish.
    Is it Better to Spray or Brush Paint Metal?
    Spray painting is the fastest way to paint metal and will provide a smooth lasting finish if you follow the manufacturer’s directions on the can’s label. It is my preferred way, but it is not the only way to successfully paint metal.
    I normally would have used spray paint to paint this metal table base, but the weather was damp and humid and I needed a work area with a well ventilated area out of direct sunlight to do that. Instead I decided to paint the table base inside with a brush so the AC would help the paint dry properly.
    Spray Painting Metal Furniture

    If you decide to use spray paint, use a metal primer on the metal first or a “primer & paint in one formula” of spray paint.
    For spray painted inspiration for metal items, check out these posts to learn how to paint metal using spray paint:

    How to Paint Metal With Brush-On Paint
    The key to getting a very smooth brush-on paint finish on metal surfaces that are rod like or rounded like the base of my table is to use a high quality small, flat paint brush.
    After Painting: Black Metal Table Base Painted White
    Using a small brush will better able you to apply the paint in thin coats and avoid paint drips from happening.
    If your metal surface area is flat and larger, you can use a foam paint roller to apply the primer and paint instead of a brush.

    A paint brush with long flexible bristles like this one work well on wrought iron items. I bought this paintbrush in the fine art section at the craft store.
    supplies needed:
    Bonding primer – KILZ AdhesionLatex paint in semi-gloss – Sherwin Williams ProClassic in Pure White100 and 220 fine-grit sandpaper or self-etching primersPaintbrushDetergent, bucket and hot waterSafety googles and glovesOptional: Wire brush or rust remover will be need if metal is rusted or shows signs of corrosion. If the piece has been previously painted – use the wire brush to remove any loose or peeling paint.
    Time needed: 23 hours. How to Paint Metal Furniture or Fixtures Prepare the Surface Sand the metal surface with 60 –100 grit sandpaper. A quick, but thorough going over to rough up the surface is all that is needed. I prefer using sandpaper, but you can also use a self etching primer following the manufacturers directions. Clean Surface Clean the surface well with a rag dipped in hot sudsy water. Make sure to remove sanding dust, dirt, grease and any old paint with a wire brush or paint remover and let dry.Rinse off soap residue with a damp cloth. Let clean surface dry.If the Surface is Rusty – you will need to use steel wool or a rust remover. I find that Brillo or SOS pads work very well to remove rust from metal without having to use caustic chemical products. Prime Surface Brush on one light coat of bonding primer. Let dry. Lightly Sand When the bonding primer coat is fully dry, go over the surface with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth any ridges that may have occurred in the primer as it dried. Add Another Coat of Bonding Primer Brush on one more light coat of primer; let dry. Brush On Paint For full coverage, you will need at least 2 light coats of paint. Brush on 1 coat of paint. Let the first coat dry, before applying a second light coat of paint. Let dry. Optional: Seal Paint If you used a semi-gloss or gloss paint you don’t really need a sealant. If you used a flatter sheen of paint, use 1-2 light coats of non-yellowing water-based polyurethane over the painted surface to add protection. Let Paint and Sealer Cure It may take a few weeks for the paint to cure, so be gentle with your painted metal item for the first weeks of use.

    I painted the metal table base over 7 years ago and it still looks good, even after a move to a new home. Right before I painted the metal table base, I stripped the wood top to lighten it. Then recently, I made an entire new top for the metal base to give the table top a new look.
    More How to Paint Metal Instruction Posts
    If you are thinking about painting a metal object in your home – you may find more metal painting tips, technique and effects that I have used successfully in these posts:

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