After 1 - Saint Anthony Mid Mod KitchenMidcentury Kitchen, Minneapolis
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1. Modern MirthDesigner: Paul Knutson of Knutson Residential Design Location: MinneapolisSize: 230 square feet (21.3 square meters)Year built: 1964Homeowners’ request: Undo a previous owner’s lackluster 1990s kitchen renovation and introduce a midcentury modern look. Removing a peninsula eliminated a restrictive U-shaped layout and made room for an island that provides better flow. Storage walls on each side pull the appliances out of the middle, creating an airier feel, while cork floors help lighten the once-dark space.Special feature: The homeowners chose walnut cabinetry — no stain, just two coats of clear postcatalyzed lacquer — because “they wanted each element in the design to clearly and simply emphasize its material qualities, a hallmark of midcentury design,” designer Paul Knutson says. “They never considered using white cabinets.” The cabinets establish a warm, organic backdrop for other natural materials, like the travertine feature wall and cork floors, while playing up the manufactured materials, like the orange glass tile, glass-front cabinets and green and white solid-surface countertops.