The former cedar-covered galley kitchen of a 1954 home in Hudson Valley was too narrow and dark for the new residents, who both like to cook. So the wall that separated the kitchen from the living room was torn down, and the original wood flooring was replaced with white resin, a robust surface used in high-traffic environments.
With the goals of improving storage and flow in their 1957 home, two Austin residents hired Rick and Cindy Black Architects to reunite their kitchen with an open-plan living space. A destroyed wall and added window in the kitchen added natural daylight, while updated appliances and new cabinets turned the midcentury home into a modern-day showpiece.
Architect Janet Bloomberg infused a mid-century kitchen in Silver Spring, Maryland with her 21st-century taste to create a whimsical yet thoughtful new space. Departing from all the “wood kitchens” she designs for clients, Bloomberg had her cabinetmaker craft laminate cabinets from Abet Laminati in shades of pale green and turquoise—her favorite hues.
A 1960s Los Angeles gem designed by Case Study legends Buff, Straub and Hensman received a contemporary makeover with a new layout. The updated kitchen borrows space and light from the original courtyard. The cabinets are from Ikea, the countertops are quartzite, and the grill top is from Bertazzoni.
When residents Elise Loehnen and Rob Fissmer discovered it, the kitchen in a 1950 structure in the renowned modernist community of Crestwood Hills, Los Angeles was in good shape. A previous owner remodeled it in 2000, outfitting it with stainless-steel cabinets by Bulthaup as well as a Sub-Zero refrigerator and an induction stove by Diva.
Acclaimed local architect Saul Zaik had built the wood-clad Feldman House in Southwest Portland in 1956, but it was in need of a fresh start. In the clean kitchen, Savoy stacked mosaic tile from Portland-based manufacturer Ann Sacks lines the backsplash. Tractor barstools by BassamFellows pull up to a PentalQuartz countertop. The gas cooktop, oven, and dishwasher are by Miele.
Jack Hillmer remains a cult figure in the Bay Area for his eccentric take on modernism. For a family home in Napa, California, he built a structure that resembles a dented nautilus shell from above A central core, housing the kitchen, begins with a one-concrete-block-wide wall, aligned with the sun’s position at the winter solstice; neighboring walls spiral outward at two, three, and then four custom cinder blocks wide. In a renovation by Metropolitan Architectural Practice, the original kitchen cabinetry was restored.
This classic midcentury modern home in Lakewood, Washington, had great "bones" that had been compromised by subsequent remodels. DeForest Architects opened up walls, updated finishes, and created a kitchen centered around what the residents call "the mother of all islands."