Kitchen Renovation Ideas from the World’s Top Designers

as seen on Architectural Digest

A kitchen is the focal point for all things family and food and is commonly one of the busiest rooms in the home. Taking ideas from some of world’s leading architects and interior designers, we’ve cooked up a collection of kitchen designs that will help inspire any future renovation. From the gold-leaf-clad island in designer Jamie Drake’s New York City kitchen to the rustic farmhouse details at decorator Sara Story’s Texas estate, there’s no limit to the endless creativity found inside these stunning spaces. If you’re looking for brilliant ideas for your next renovation, look no further than these magnificent kitchens that are sure to ignite a flame in any chef or design fan.


In designer Ray Booth’s home outside of Nashville, Tennessee, pendant lights by Roman Thomas are installed above the kitchen island, which Booth created for the space.


A pair of 19th-century ceramic parrots preside over the kitchen of Linda Pinto’s Paris apartment.


For his New York City kitchen, designer Jamie installed a custom-made island comprising cabinetry finished in gold leaf by the Alpha Workshops and an overlapping table in Corian with gold inlay.


The kitchen of Sara Story’s sprawling Texas estate includes a Gaggenau refrigerator, a Lacanche range, Dornbracht sink fittings, and stools custom made by Wyeth.


Vintage copper pots hang above the original wood-burning stove in Ken Fulk’s San Francisco kitchen, where the designer added a blackened-steel hood and polished-concrete counters.


In the combined family room and kitchen of Alexandra von Furstenberg’s Los Angeles home, a Rimadesio table is surrounded by Hans J. Wegner chairs by Carl Hansen & Son from Design Within Reach.


The kitchen of Alessandra Branca’s Bahamas retreat is equipped with a Hunter ceiling fan and a Viking range and hood.


A 1970s ceiling light joins 18th-century prints and Verner Panton chairs in Allegra Hicks’s kitchen in Naples, Italy.


The kitchen of design duo Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman’s Mexico home features cabinets made of sabino and reclaimed pine and a Viking range fronted by a sabino-framed mirror.


The kitchen of Count Benedikt Bolza’s Italian estate is anchored by a massive oak-top island.


The kitchen of Muriel Brandolini’s beach retreat in the Hamptons is equipped with cabinetry faced in colored wood veneer and concrete counters; the pendant lights are by Twentytwentyone, and the stools and corner bookcase are from Design Within Reach.


In the kitchen of Alexa Hampton’s New York City home, cabinetry is painted a Benjamin Moore black. The hood and range are by Wolf, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, and the sink and its fittings are by Rohl.


The kitchen of architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Katie Ridder’s Hudson Valley getaway features a Neisha Crosland wall covering from Clarence House and a range and hood by Viking; the chairs are by Serena & Lily.


At the Virgin Islands home of Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, the kitchen, which features walls of local stone, is equipped with a Miele microwave oven, espresso machine, and vent hood; the cabinetry and quartz-top island are by Poliform.


In the main kitchen of Laura Santos’s Manhattan townhouse, a Serge Mouille ceiling lamp from Guéridon is mounted above a BDDW dining table and midcentury Italian chairs from Galerie Van den Akker; the vintage counter stools are clad in an Edelman leather, and the double oven is by Gaggenau.



At the Long Island home of designers Reed and Delphine Krakoff, the kitchen’s new cabinetry and Barber Wilsons & Co. sink fittings suit the era of the house; the vintage holophane pendant lights are from Wyeth.


The kitchen of architect Lee Ledbetter’s New Orleans home has original walnut cabinetry and Toastmaster warming drawers, Caesarstone counters, a Miele dishwasher, Blanco sink fittings, and a Phillip Jeffries grass-cloth wall covering.