Six contemporary kitchens that are redefining the living space

Kitchens have become – in many homes – one of the main centres of attraction. Here, we explore some of the latest contemporary kitchens that are helping define the living space

Shared moments

Designed as a symbol of conviviality and connection, the Convivium collection designed by Antonio Citterio for Arclinea acts as an open space: a kitchen that turns the acts of storing, prepping and cooking into shared rituals. While first conceived in 2022, the collection has evolved to consider all the latest needs for living spaces. Here, the kitchen flows into the living room, becoming the focal point of the home thanks to the work island with large built-in wooden table. A large, accessorised wall also teams with the work island and provides unobtrusive storage for food and tools, while in the middle stand two units, hidden by New Pocket System disappearing doors, that can open up to share various activities.

Monolithic forms

Part of Falmec’s exclusive new Elements collection, Monolith is all about solutions, where designs become increasingly flexible and functional. Comprising a packaged range of features, the 90-cm hood module in the new worktop can be complemented by various-sized storage modules offered in a range of layouts to suit individual styles and spatial requirements. In addition to housing everyday kitchen utensils, the storage modules also contain plug and USB sockets to make life in the kitchen as practical as possible. Like the storage modules, the hood unit has an aluminium structure with a sophisticated matte black finish and polished glass panels at both the back and the front. In addition, the entire system is fitted with ambient lighting to produce an attractive suspended effect and mark the boundary between the other items on the worktop.

Modular mode

Kettal Studio’s Base kitchen is all about modularity and infinite solutions. For example, an aluminium supporting frame can be teamed with a number of stoneware modules in various combinations while still maintaining the kitchen’s authentic, linear design. Featuring clean, smooth surfaces with no corners, Base is designed for easy cleaning and maintenance – especially useful for the outdoors. It is available in two types of stoneware and two Iroko wood finishes for the doors. Along with basic kitchen functions, Base also has a gas barbecue and can include several burners as well as a bar.

Texture play

Texture plays an integral role in creating cohesive yet dynamic interiors, and kitchens are no exception. This new grooved cabinetry from Häcker Kitchens exemplifies the elegant use of texture. Released for the 2023 collection, the fluted real wood veneer is carefully crafted in Germany in three different shades of light oak,
black oak and walnut. When used alongside glass cabinetry or bold, flat fronts, the combination is a striking one that leaves an instant impression.

Stone cold

Surfaces brand Cosentino Group has recently added a new collection to its Dekton series of high-performance, ultra-compact stone. Designed by Argentinian designer and architect Daniel Germani, Pietra Kode is a reinterpretation of the timeless beauty of three classic Italian materials (Vicenza stone, Travertine marble and Ceppo di Gré) and pays homage to the beauty of Italian architecture. While it looks back to the past, Germani’s collection showcases a future-forward attitude, where the stones are decoded then recoded within three Dekton concrete series, enhancing their properties and possibilities for design and architecture. Featuring an array of rich shades and textures, the carbon-neutral Dekton surface offers the kitchen a rich traditional tactility that perfectly complements a contemporary interior. 


Personalisation is at the heart of Abimis’ Atelier kitchen which, while highly customisable, remains true to the brand’s philosophy of creating functional luxury kitchens with stainless steel at their core. All possible materials can be used to contrast with the coolness of the stainless steel, from stone, marble and wood to synthetic materials such as Corian. In this residence set in Civita di Bagnoregio in central Italy, for example, the wall-mounted kitchen opens to the living and dining areas as a single spacious environment characterised by stone arches, plaster and floors in warm sand and ivory tones. The stainless steel features a sophisticated burnished finish to match the more traditional architecture, enhancing the style and contemporising the space.  

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