The DEPARTURES Guide to Kitchen Design

One perfect kitchen, in three different ways—plus, the latest high-tech kitchen finds.

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The Double Kitchen

Having two separate but adjacent cooking spaces—one for messy prep work, one more suited to socializing—is a smart choice for chefs who like to entertain, or who employ a housekeeper who helps with meal prep. It’s also a boon for those who covet the latest innovations (infrared grill, pizza oven), but don’t want to look at that equipment all the time.

A popular configuration is pairing an open kitchen with a behind-the-scenes scullery. Starchitect firm Herzog & de Meuron is a fan: Units in its 160 Leroy building, in New York City’s West Village, feature a “social” kitchen anchoring the living room and an enclosed “dirty” one with floor-to-ceiling stainless-steel fittings by Bulthaup.

Indeed, Bulthaup is one maker whose modular systems are well suited to the side-by-side setup. The brand’s B2 system, with components ranging from $6,000 to $12,000, is tailor-made for double duty: The stainless-steel island is styled like a table, with angled legs in lieu of base cabinetry. Poggenpohl is another brand that offers contemporary systems in a broad palette of finishes—so you can keep the cabinetry consistent in both rooms, but switch up the panels’ colors or materials.