French Industrial Minimalism

When designing a kitchen for the Château de la Resle, a boutique hotel on a 15-acre estate in Burgundy, France, Dutch designer Roderick Vos noticed a contemporary steel H-beam holding up the first floor in the property's ancient barn. The beam became a design motif for his kitchen. Vos copied its look to make a shelf for glasses and to anchor the room's most dramatic element: the pot rack over the island.
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The Look

Roderick Vos used LED lights to outfit a sleek custom pot rack and backlight glasses on a shelf. You can make display units into light fixtures by attaching linear LED bulbs inside of them. Linear LED light bulbs, from $22 at Home Depot

The Look

Lacanche ranges have been hand-forged in Burgundy since 1796, but the venerable brand’s ovens fit in perfectly with an ultra modern kitchen. Lacanche Range, from $6,295 at French Ranges

Blue wall paint
Drawing Room Blue Paint

This rich blue color—reminiscent of pigment cobalt, a decorator favorite discovered in the 19th century—adds personality to a futuristic space without being too loud. Drawing Room Blue paint, from $33 at Farrow & Ball

Regulator water spigots
Regulator Spigots

Like the H-beams, boiler room-style spigots show that utilitarian elements can be used to stylish effect. You can install the hardware store versions, or purchase this high-end setup. Regulator Spigots, from $9,500 at Waterworks

Montigny dresser
Montigny Dresser

Roderick Vos designed the Montigny dresser—inspired by the modular cabinets done for the Château de la Resle’s kitchen—to sell on the hotel’s website. They hide kitchen clutter in high fashion. Montigny dresser, $32,950 at Château de la Resle

Sarpaneva Iittala Cast Iron Casserole Pot
Sarpaneva Iittala Cast Iron Casserole Pot

A classic Iittala casserole is good-looking enough to be left out of the cabinet. Iittala Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole Pot, $295 at Finn Style

Iitala Dalstrom Casserole
Iittala Dahlström Casserole

Another classic Iittala casserole dish, this stainless steel version ensures consistent cooking, thanks to three-layer Compound Technology. Iittala Dalström Casserole, from $375 at Finn Style

Oval Steet 16-Hook Grid Pot Rack
Oval Steet 16-Hook Grid Pot Rack

This rack, made of heavy-gage steel, is perfect for displaying your cookware. Oval Steet 16-Hook Grid Pot Rack, $96 at houzz

Mauviel M'150c Copper Saucepan
Mauviel M'150c Copper Saucepan

No French kitchen is complete without some copper. This particular saucepan comes from Mauviel, who has been manufacturing copper cookware since 1830. Mauviel M’150c Copper Saucepan, from $170 at Mauviel

Terracotta Oil Drizzler

Keeping a terracotta olive oil drizzler instead of an old, oily bottle is a simple way to add panache to your countertop. Terracotta Oil Drizzler, $60 at ABC kitchen & home

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine

Swap out your French press for Breville’s Barista Express, an easy-to-use espresso machine with and adjustable conical burr grinder. Breville Barista Espress, $600 at Breville

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