'Kitchens should be furnished like any other room. My kitchen has curtains, a rug and a velvet screen - I cannot live in a slick way,' says designer India Mahdavi. The Iranian-born architect and designer, who opened her studio in Paris in 1999, is famous for her dramatic interiors. This kitchen is furnished with India's 'Double Diagonale' table and Franz West chairs. A marble inset containing the sink and shelving punctuates the glossy dark panelling where the appliances are concealed.