Innovative Use of Metal in Kitchen Design

Are metallics the new white? Here, we take a look at four kitchens that have taken metals to a new level, plus a carefully curated collection of surfaces for even more kitchen inspiration.

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We see metals such as zinc, steel and tin popping up everywhere along with an increased use of textural elements in fresh elegant ways. In these shining examples, the heart of the home showcases beautiful materials, from metals and marble to concrete and rough-hewn wood.

Comfort meets style in a contemporary spin on Arts & Crafts

photographs by Chi Chi Ubiña

When a pair of empty nesters requested a modernist kitchen with clean lines in their new Riverside home, architect McKee Patterson, partner at Austin Patterson Disston, chose to use the careful crafting of materials, the hallmark of the Arts & Crafts style, in his design. Rounded edges, and a curved main island and drawer openings were used in contrast to the more typical severe edges of the modern style. “The intent was to create a kitchen with the clean exuberance of 21st-century modern, but to make it warm and welcoming,” explains Patterson.

In this open “L” space, having the cooktop in the center peninsula creates a strong core that’s capped off with a custom hood. “Then we started horsing around with three finishes: veneer anigre wood, metal and stone,” says Patterson.

“We used an unusual wood—anigre—which is light and has quite a bit of figuring, and a patina zinc on the wall of cabinetry,” says Patterson. The two materials stand in contrast, one light and airy, and the other dark and brooding. In addition, dark heat-treated oak flooring contrasts with the light cabinetry and gray speckled granite countertops.

The kitchen connects the breakfast room and family room, and the entire space takes advantage of fabulous water views. The counter overlooking the harbor is now one of the couple’s favorite spots in the house.

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