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Beautiful Family-Friendly Kitchen Designs

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By Kristen Flanagan for Architectural Digest.

(Roger Davies)

The heart of the home, the kitchen is the one place where you're sure to find family and friends cooking, eating, and enjoying each other's company day in and day out. The secrets to family-friendly kitchens that bring everyone together: lots of room for mingling, an ample kitchen island--with a few comfortable stools--for chatting with the cook, and plenty of extra seating for when the meal is ready, such as a cozy banquette. Each of these 15 family kitchens from the AD archives has one or all of these inviting features, with open layouts to help the components blend seamlessly.

In fashion designer Jenni Kayne's Los Angeles home, the family can sit along a central island. The vintage French pendant fixtures are from Obsolete, and the stools are by DM/DM.

(Dominique Vorillon)

In this Carpinteria, California, kitchen, Verner Panton children's chairs add a dash of color. The Tulip chairs and side table are Eero Saarinen designs.

(Richard Powers)

There is plenty of space for a family to gather in this Brooklyn kitchen. The BassamFellows stools are from Design Within Reach, the sink and fittings are by Franke, the dining chairs are by Ligne Roset, and the photograph is by Martin Schoeller.

(Roger Davies)

The mahogany-veneer cabinetry and laminate counters are original to this Malibu, California, house, restored by BoydDesign. The eat-in kitchen allows the whole family to be together while dinner is being prepared.

(Nikolas Koenig)

In the kitchen of this Manhattan home, the family can dine around a BDDW table with midcentury Italian chairs from Galerie Van den Akker or perch on the vintage counter stools, clad in an Edelman leather.

(Michael Moran)

The eat-in kitchen of this Hamptons house features Hans J. Wegner chairs from Furniture from Scandinavia and a rug by Stark.

(Roger Davies)

The kitchen island in this traditional California home decorated by Miles Redd becomes a family table with the addition of counter-height seating.

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