Upper cabinets are starting to disappear from kitchens, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. It all started with the open-shelving phenomenon, and now, in some cases, it has morphed into this total lack of anything structural above the countertops. On the one hand, it is visually beautiful. You can really go to town with tile—think an uninterrupted, ceiling-high wall of subways or a bold geometric backsplash. But on the other hand, where exactly are you supposed to put your stuff? You have drawers and lower cabinets, of course, but can that possibly be enough storage space when kitchens are meant to house all sorts of cookware, appliances, gadgets and serving pieces? I guess if you’re Marie Kondo, it’s not a problem. But for the undecided amongst us, let’s take a look at some kitchens without upper cabinets to see what might motivate someone to live this way.


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