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September 8, 2015
These beautiful kitchens exhibit an arresting range of unique materials, from volcanic stone to automotive paint.
Dublin Victorian Extension built-in seating in kitchen

The extension of a Dublin Victorian is anchored by a kitchen that features Oikos Furniture cabinetry, a fired earth tile backsplash, a basalt volcanic stone countertop, and plywood ceilings. 

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Originally appeared in With a Bright Plywood Extension, This May Be the Least Stuffy Victorian Ever
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São Paulo apartment kitchen with Silestone countertops and paint-coated plywood cabinets

The kitchen in this São Paulo apartment features Silestone countertops finished with automotive paint and mounted above plywood cabinets.

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A 13-foot-long island in the kitchen, finished in the same white terrazzo as the floor, serves as an informal dining area. Bassam replicated the kitchen’s walnut-veneered cabinetry in the study and master bedroom for continuity.

When Scott Bassam and Scott Fellows purchased a modernist gem in New Canaan, Connecticutt, they made sure to open up the kitchen to create one continuous living space. The original floor was resurfaced with the same white terrazzo that envelops the 13-foot island, providing a clean contrast to the walnut-veneered cabinetry. 

 

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Zafra residence open-plan kitchen and dining area.

The medium-density fiberboard cupboards in the kitchen of a Madrid apartment are coated with lacquer paint that matches the ceramic-porcelain countertops.

 

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Modern kitchen with elm cabinets

As soon as they set out to build their houseboat in an Amsterdam canal, Ingmar Visser and Jaro van der Ende knew that the kitchen needed to be a focal point. The black stone countertops, waxed concrete walls, and traditional rustic tiles (known as "witjes") provide a textural and tonal variety that contrasts with the warm tones of the elm cabinets that were constructed from a single tree. 

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This rustic eucalyptus-log-and-thatch roof, located within an eclectic El Salvador beach house, counterbalances the effect of the monolithic concrete island and glossy subway tile backsplash.  

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Dublin Victorian Extension built-in seating in kitchen

The extension of a Dublin Victorian is anchored by a kitchen that features Oikos Furniture cabinetry, a fired earth tile backsplash, a basalt volcanic stone countertop, and plywood ceilings. 

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