The houses we live in leave some of the most lasting impressions on us,” said Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. In an open and airy home designed by Niemeyer in 1960, this midcentury-modern kitchen (The Iconic Interior by Dominic Bradbury, Thames and Hudson, 2020) makes a lasting impression through its streamlined nature and two-tone color palette. A row of Eero Saarinen Tulip Stools help to ground the black-and-white theme, while simple pops of color are brought in through uncomplicated dishes and kitchen wares; the space is humble without being delicate.
Don’t be afraid to stick to a simple color palette in your own kitchen, and incorporate high-quality, handcrafted pieces that can stand up to daily use. A sleek faucet and simple cabinetry keep a space feeling modern, and items like playful trivets add a touch of whimsy.
- Hexagon Wood Trivets, Set of 2 // Crate & Barrel
- Saarinen Tulip Stool in White // Design Within Reach
- Wood-Fired Teapot with Handmade Cane Handle G81 // John McCoy Pottery
- Cake, Side, and Dinner Plates // East Fork
- Ball Clock by George Nelson // Vitra
- EKET Cabinet with Door and Shelf in Dark Gray // IKEA
- Jens Quistgaard Wenge Tray by Dansk // 1stdibs
- 10-inch Tronco Mills Salt or Pepper Mill in Black // Fletchers’ Mill
- Mid Century Knob in Polished Nickel // Schoolhouse