The British kitchen, time and again, is a reminder that minimal need not be cold, and traditional need not be outdated. Merging the two contrasting styles is, if you ask us, what makes the latest British modernism so compelling. Here are a few of our favorite examples, from the archives. 

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This kitchen remodel by Feilden Fowles was designed to bring natural light into an apartment in a formerly unoccupied 1930s building in West London.

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In an open kitchen in a surpassingly calm London townhouse, clutter is kept out of sight in flat-front cabinets above and below Corian countertops.

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Photo courtesy of Rundell Associates

Set on the garden-level of a mews house in London, this kitchen was designed by Rundell Associates with natural light in mind (from carefully placed skylights, French doors, and windows).

Minimalism takes a traditional turn in a Shaker design from deVol Kitchens.

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British designer du jour Jamie Blake of Blakes London mixes industrial modern with farmhouse details for a friend’s kitchen.

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A pared-down Georgian kitchen in Hampshire is at once minimalist and rustic.

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Photo courtesy of Plain English

A longstanding favorite kitchen in Battersea by UK cult kitchen design company Plain English.