I think we need to coin a new term. I'm calling it "livably minimalist," and using it to describe those clean, mostly-white spaces that appeal to our spartan sensibilities, but which still showcase some of the comforts of home. In other words, like a seriously cool futurist catalog kitchen, but one that looks like somebody actually lives there.
I've rounded up 10 examples of "livably minimalist" kitchens, so you can feel the modern-yet-lived-in vibes and decide for yourself if this is the aesthetic you've been after for your own space.
Ben and Elise's Vintage Wonderland in Mount Washington (above and at top)
Is "livably minimalist" your taste?