A Low-Budget, Sleek & Unusual Kitchen Cabinet Solution

ELLE Decor

Here's a fascinating kitchen, one that did something genuinely different in its pursuit of sleek design and openness at low-budget costs. The owner and designer dispensed with cabinets entirely, and substituted a much lower-cost, creative solution.

The owner of this kitchen wanted unobstructed views of the landscape outside the kitchen, and he also wanted a very flexible and utilitarian kitchen. But after the architect and designer put in banks of windows, there was no room left for storage and upper cabinets.

The designer came up with a very interesting solution. Instead of building in cabinets, he bought restaurant-grade stainless steel tables for about $120 each, and arranged them around the kitchen. To add some closed storage he had mahogany drawers built to fit the shelves of each table.

The entire kitchen is very flexible: the "countertops" can be rolled away from the wall and even taken to a new home someday, if desired.

We think this is so interesting — an entire kitchen created out of steel restaurant tables?

Read more (and see more photos): A Kitchen with Creative Cabinet Solutions at ELLE Decor

Would you ever use industrial-style steel in your home kitchen? Or do you prefer warmer materials? What do you think of this particular kitchen?

Related: Is It Custom? Or IKEA? A Swedish Architect's Kitchen

(Images: Sam Gray/ELLE Decor)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.