For several reasons, many sustainable, some materials that were once seen as having average merit in design terms have now become modern design heroes. We’re talking about plywood in this instance, a finish that features in at least one contemporary kitchen here. There is another kitchen surface that also reflects great ingenuity and achieves a truly elegant Parisian air. Check out a great take on industrial chic amongst our new homes and a renovation that James Bond would feel right at home in. Who doesn’t want a well-stocked bar to greet you when you turn off the lights in your spacious underground carpark?