Ever wondered what the Kitchen of the Year looks like? Take a peek. For the 21st annual kitchen contest, architects, interior designers, artists, developers, creative geniuses and spiritual gurus searched high and low to find the absolute best kitchen. Here’s what they found—a kitchen, hailing from Atlanta, defined by three features, confined by none and bespeaking a receding fashion of style that deserves the cachet as Winner for 2010 Kitchen of the Year.
A style of nothing. You might be surprised. The kitchen that won the grand prize wasn’t a space replete with the fanciest accoutrements in kitchen manufacturing today. The grand prizewinner manifested a style of minimalism. Less is more: little exposed hardware, monochromatic color scheme, unadorned counter space and sweeping stainless steel. According to the designer, Matthew Rao, “We designed it the way we liked, and then we reduced and reduced and reduced.”
A style that extends outside. The reductionist ambience of the Atlanta kitchen brings in the outdoors. Rather than flamboyant design or bright colors to attract the viewer’s eye, the design naturally leads to the vast windows and beyond. A floor-to-ceiling grid of large windows gives the kitchen more than just light. It brings in the greenery of trees and outdoor verdure.
A style with comfort. Although typically austere, the kitchen is a gem of comfort and entertainment. A kitchen isn’t supposed to be a regimen in severe and commercialized sterility. A kitchen is about people, food and joy. This kitchen conceals its creature comforts carefully and cautiously, but they are there. In addition to the refrigerator, dishwasher and freezer, there’s a wine cooler, cup warmer, five-burner induction stovetop, two in-wall ovens, sophisticated coffee system and a whole lot more. Cushy are the cowhide stools which complement the underrated kitchen island. Sleek, trim, retreating, svelte: this is the Kitchen of the Year.