Over the years, The Gloss and The Gloss Interiors have featured hundreds of kitchens in the pages of the magazine and on thegloss.ie. We have featured a multitude of different styles and catered to different styles and tastes. THE GLOSS 30 Best Kitchens Guide presents our personal archival favourites, along with some exciting new additions.
Because we’ve been spending a lot more time in our kitchens lately, we have never been so collectively attuned to the inner workings of our own kitchens as we have during the past few months. Cooking projects aside, the kitchen has been a room of much attention for those passionate about interior design. Some like a kitchen to be bright, light, and white, others want it to be contemporary and streamlined, others still seek out kitchens that break free from the proverbial mould, bringing exceptionally unique and state-of-the-art spaces to life.
As soon as you enter the front door, the view to the kitchen, designed by architect Sibeal O’ Sullivan, gives a sense of how ground and first-floor levels are now visually linked. The Selene copper-plated pendant lights in the hall are from Minima. The paint shade is Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball. Photograph, Barry Murphy.
Matte and textured materials fit neatly into this contemporary kitchen, alongside high-tech mod-cons. Cutting-edge technology and innovative designs place Siemens appliances central to the aesthetics of the space.
In Aerin Lauder’s refurbished summer home, which she inherited from her grandmother, the airy kitchen’s light fixtures are from Ann-Morris, the stools are vintage Francis Elkins, and the lithograph is by Ellsworth Kelly. Photograph, Summer to Summer: Houses by the Sea by Jennifer Ash Rudick, Vendome.
Athena Calderone’s chalky-toned New York kitchen features high-quality Calacatta Paonazzo marble counters, navy cabinetry and Parisian-style open shelving. A wall of double doors, crafted from glass, opens onto the terrace, giving the kitchen a unique and chic portal to the outdoors. Photograph, Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone, Abrams.
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Peter Owens of Tyler Owens Architects describes this two-storey over basement five-bedroom house, with interior by Rose Quinlan, as a “building of intrigue that offers a sense of calm”. In the kitchen, a simple solid oak table is surrounded by Hans Wegner-style wishbone chairs in ash from CA Design. The bespoke kitchen was designed and manufactured by Porter&Jones. Photograph, Donal Murphy.
In undertaking a reversal of the traditional floor plan of a Victorian detached house, and a complete rethink upstairs, interior designer Eoin Kelly created an opportunity to move the kitchen, with its northern aspect, to the south-west, extending it to incorporate a seating area and bay window. He designed a top-lit vaulted ceiling and classic cabinetry “to add character”, with a kitchen table and Aga – rather than an island – the central focus. The kitchen walls are painted in a special mix of Long Acre by Mylands. The cabinetry was made by Seabury. The leather cushioned chairs around the bespoke kitchen table are from Bernardi’s. Photograph, Lyons Kelly Architecture.
When THE GLOSS featured former J Crew creative director Jenna Lyons’ Park Slope, Brooklyn home in 2008, we weren’t to know it would become one of the most-pinned interiors on Pinterest. Lyons’ kitchen reflects her knack for mixing and matching: a custom-made brass counter gleams behind the huge marble-topped island in the kitchen. A mid-century Murano glass Venini light hangs over the island. Photograph, Simon Watson.
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This stone cottage was redesigned, refurbished and extended by interior designer Miriam Peters. The kitchen, by Andrew Ryan, has smoked and oiled oak countertops, a stone worktop and splashback by Miller Brothers. Oak beams, sourced by Nigel Bray, are used to break up the sheeted ceiling. Peters wanted the kitchen to be a comfortable and warm space for evening, choosing armchair stools and lamps on dimmers to soften the mood. Photograph, Luke White.
ODOS Architects worked with the busy owners of this south Dublin house to deal with their biggest priority: creating light and space. Dramatic rooflights were designed to draw light into the Bulthaup kitchen which also accommodates an Aga. A cleverly designed cabinet by Rimadesio in the living area, positioned so the cook can watch television, has a panel to conceal it when not being used. Photograph, Barbara Corsico.
This restored early 1900s hôtel particulier in the 16th arrondissement in Paris was previously owned by LVMH’s Bernard Arnault. Designed by Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, the kitchen combines stunning Italian Breccia Impériale marble, supplied and installed in Paris by stone experts Miller Brothers (based in Co Wicklow, Ireland), porcelain pendant lights by Rossignac, oak cabinetry and salvage tiles. The artwork is by Owen Moylan, a former schoolmate of Bryan O’Sullivan at Castleknock College. Photograph, Mark O’Flaherty.
The clear, cool straight lines of this built-in kitchen deliver a sense of perfection, with appliances hidden from view, and an easy-on-the-eye philosophy. In this Siemens-designed space, the slim Siemens Studioline oven and fridge provide a total solution without protrusions, within an overall kitchen concept.
Lifestyle entrepreneur India Hicks’ Oxfordshire home echoes the tradition, taste, sense of order and fun of English country house style. The well-populated kitchen counter features a Belgian bluestone worktop, pendant lights, and Tolix industrial stools. Photograph, India Hicks: A Slice of England, The Story of Four Houses by India Hicks, Rizzoli.
Black unites disparate genres in the kitchen of this house, where vintage and modern are combined. Black looks wonderful with glass, with pops of colour, with bronze and brass. Black is naturally grander for entertaining: darker, moodier kitchens look beautiful candle-lit or with lots of lamps. Photograph, Elsa Young.
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This kitchen, described by designer Maria MacVeigh as “subdued and sophisticated”, features a four-metre island and Bulthaup cabinetry by Realm. The Sienna marble floor, inspired by London’s Hotel Café Royal, was supplied by Antica, the Stone Gallery. The patinated antique glass extractor, engineered specifically for the volume of space, was designed by MacVeigh who also detailed the dropped ceiling to create a layered effect. Lighting throughout is by Shadowlight. Photograph, Barbara Corsico.
The open-plan kitchen in fashion industry insider Jo Farrelly’s Co Dublin home is simply but beautifully conceived. The worktops are Caesarstone, by Miller Bros, and the louvred mahogany detailing brings the warmth of the parquet wood flooring to the cabinets. The traditional handmade Potato Scriob basket is by Stable. Photograph, Simon Watson.
In this New York apartment, the building’s pre-war details are a backdrop to its contemporary re-design by Bryan O’Sullivan Studio. The brushed steel kitchen seems simplicity itself but there is subtly effective detailing in the backlit glass panels, steel panelled ceiling and herringbone sycamore floor. Photograph, James McDonald.
A black and white chequerboard floor gives actress Naomi Watts’ New York kitchen a retro feel but doesn’t fight for attention with the pared-back, grey/blue context. Watts created a duplex from two separate units, enlisting Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro, of firm Ashe + Leandro, to design the interiors. Photograph, Douglas Friedman.
A freestanding kitchen concept suggests a different kind of confidence, a sprinkle of individuality – there is subtle notion that freestanding fridges and other appliances demand a touch more limelight, a touch more attention. This freestanding Siemens fridge, for example, is cleverly located in a prime kitchen spot and can be larger than those usually designed for built-in models, standing out proudly within an overall high-design kitchen space.
The main drawback with basement kitchens for everyday living is the lack of natural light. Interior designer Gillian Sherrard decided to relocate this kitchen to a bright extension to the rear of the house. The owners did not want a trophy kitchen, favouring instead a neat triangular layout with cabinets from The Panelling Centre, which were painted grey and customised with antiqued-bronze steelwork. Photograph, Dylan Thomas.
A sophisticated continental decorating style makes for a luxuriously modern vibe in this Irish-owned London flat. The Smallbone kitchen is simplicity itself, with white painted cupboard doors, with brass hinges are combined with pale Taj Mahal natural quartzite countertops. The LED light over the peninsula is by Boffi. The owner chose Smallbone to make her design – a seamless kitchen frame. A bespoke walnut cupboard houses fridge and pantry. Photograph, Luke White.
Owned by a prominent restaurateur, this Bryan O’Sullivan Studio-designed London kitchen, handcrafted by Crispin & Gemma, is a combination of warm timber and marble, inspired by the clients’ old butcher’s block. This sense of craftsmanship is carried throughout the house, with a combination of antiques and bespoke pieces designed and commissioned by Bryan O’Sullivan Studio. Photograph, James McDonald.
In the sea-facing kitchen of this house, the layout was re-oriented so the cook could enjoy the view. Cabinets, painted in Deep Space Blue by Little Greene, were made by Joe Murphy, a joiner from Kerry. The island counter is Silestone and the antique butcher’s block was bought in France. The terrazzo floor was laid by Ryan Terrazzo. Photograph, Luke White.
The scheme for cook and food writer Patricia Wells’s kitchen began with the arrangement of space. Patricia knew she wanted two sinks, a pantry area, a rôtisserie and access to the garden. She amped things up with the Lacanche stove, the bright yellow balanced with the neutral tones of the marble floor, cream Silestone worktops and exposed stone walls. The walls provide texture and the marble floors run seamlessly through the space. Photograph, Wild Kitchen: Nature-Loving Chefs at Home by Claire Bingham.
New York chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi’s apartment kitchen is divided into five areas for cooking, prepping, washing, storage and cocktail making, with a special area for pasta-making utensils. Clean lines, cabinetry and flooring in classic materials create an upscale yet grounded vibe – much like Jodi and Rita themselves. Design courtesy of British kitchen company Plain English. Photograph, Wild Kitchen: Nature-Loving Chefs at Home by Claire Bingham.
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Food and travel writer and chef Cliodhna Prendergast’s Connemara lakehouse kitchen features a huge central island and a much-loved Aga, two things essential to the functionality of the family home, in her opinion. “When you’re in a professional kitchen, you need clean lines and a clear space. That’s why my island doesn’t have a sink or a lot of clutter,” she explains. “The size of the kitchen enables me to do commercial work.” The interior is simple, with a neutral palette and natural materials. Photograph, Wild Kitchens: Nature-Loving Chefs at Home by Claire Bingham.
Vogue Williams’ Howth kitchen, designed by Arlene McIntyre’s Ventura Design, with cabinetry by Newcastle Kitchens and Calcutta Gold worktop by Miller Brothers, is sunny, smart, and stylish, much like its owner. Walls, ceilings and woodwork were painted in Howth and joinery in Eden Rock, both shades from the Ventura Collection in collaboration with Fleetwood Prestige. Photograph, Piotr Zawistowski/50HZ Photography.
Irishwoman Claire Delap and her husband James Russell transformed this late 19th-century apartment in a historical building in Pigalle’s Nouvelle Athènes quarter of Paris into a beautiful light-filled family apartment. Its kitchen has matte oak cupboards and marble walls and countertop. Photograph, Lorenzo Zandri.
Newcastle Design was inspired by brasserie-style dining when pairing marble countertops with this painted kitchen. Why just stick to the usual shades of white, black and grey for kitchen cabinetry? The soft sage hue, far right, works beautifully alongside the subtle veining of the natural marble worktop, creating a look that is both classic and sophisticated. Photograph, Newcastle Design
This kitchen has painted cabinetry, an island clad in copper, wooden worktops (as well as tile), parquet and brass elements. Too much? Not if each element is designed to balance, not dominate. Another option is to try mixed countertops as a simple way of creating interest. “Islands are still hugely popular but the choice of work-surface materials has progressed,” says Peter O’Connor of O’Connors Of Drumleck. Photograph, Douglas Friedman.
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