Minimal design brings maximum style to an expertly edited crop of contemporary kitchen and baths showcasing clean lines and pared-down panache.
Infusing your kitchen or bath with air doesn’t require over-the-top flourishes and distracting details. If the spaces we selected for the following pages are any indication, a more minimalistic approach can transform even your most-used rooms into eye-catching yet relaxing retreats. By shunning busy trappings in favor of subtle touches–such as a freestanding wood tub for a hint of color in a bright-white bathroom, or a play on pattern and form in a kitchen that’s equal parts modern and artistic–design lovers can hit the stylistic sweet spot of functional-meets-refined. And whether you want to unwind with a long, hot bath or end your day baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies, they also show that clean design is a key ingredient for domestic peace of mind.
Above, designer Tatum Kendrick of Studio Hus balanced the linear look of this East Hampton, New York, kitchen with Geo-Stalactite glass pendants by Jason Koharik. “They are quite unexpected, and I love how they throw the design off a bit,” Kendrick says. Elsewhere, the highly decorative snake sconces and barstools are vintage.
PHOTO: Peter Margonelli
Architect Eric Olsen and designer Raili Clasen developed the recipe for this California kitchen overlooking the sea. On the menu? Custom basket-style pendant lighting by Buzzell Studios that ensures unobscured views while kindling a soft, warm glow against the leathered-granite countertops and the board-formed concrete backsplash.