Photograph Courtesy of Bulthaup

A Bulthaup kitchen, in some circles, is as much a status symbol as a Birkin handbag is in others.

The German company’s cabinets are as functional as they come—and they are also so gorgeously minimalist that they can transform a dull kitchen into the most gorgeous room in the house. The Chicago outpost’s new home, a 3,200 square-foot loft in River North, displays the company’s three core lines—b1, b2, and b3—includes a fully working kitchen.

Bulthaup Showroom, 313 W. Superior St. 312-787-9982.