We never liked stainless steel so much. With the bright shine of high nickel stainless steel, Alpes Inox kitchen elements are the most beautiful, high end, small kitchen solution we've seen. Are small and high end mutually exclusive? Not in NYC (sorry for the pics, we had to scan them all). Alpes Inox is an Italian company with one distributor in NYC: DOM showroom on Crosby street. They specialize in these all stainless kitchen modules that are free standing and allow you to build exactly what you want. They feel vintage, almost as if they were just taken out a 1950's film or off a boat.
The high nickel stainless means that the shine is brighter and whiter and will never dull or grey. The freestanding design means that you don't have "install" these pieces other than hooking them up to gas, water and electricity. Each piece has it's own feet and looks lovely on its own.
How expensive is this stuff? A complete small kitchen will run you between 15k, which doesn't seem bad except that it doesn't include any upper cabinetry or shelving. Each piece has great shelving below, but none above. If you had a small country escape hatch or apartment and wanted beautiful spartan kitchen, this would be amazing. Please send us pics.