Design Details: Vent Hoods

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    Courtesy Richard Brooks Studio

    Brushed copper with polished stainless steel band and bronze rivets. Project: Brownstone Renovation, New York; Designer/Fabricator: Brooks Custom, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

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    Matthew Millman

    Zephyr stainless Okeanito Hood, Cheng Collection. Project: Zuckerman Kitchen, San Francisco; Designer/Fabricator: Cheng Design, Berkeley, Calif.

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    Matthew Millman

    Metal glazed ceramic tile backsplash. Project: Zuckerman Kitchen, San Francisco; Designer/Fabricator: Cheng Design, Berkeley, Calif.

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    Courtesy Richard Brooks Studio

    Brushed stainless steel hood with custom blackened-steel rivets and pot-rail. Project: Private Residence, Greenwich, Conn.; Designer/Fabricator: Brooks Custom, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

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    Troy Taglio Photography

    Custom hood. Project: Sanders Lee Residence, Ketchum, Idaho; Designer/Fabricator: Cheng Design, Berkeley, Calif.

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    Troy Taglio Photography

    Custom hood. Project: Sanders Lee Residence, Ketchum, Idaho; Designer/Fabricator: Cheng Design, Berkeley, Calif.

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    Troy Taglio Photography

    Custom hood. Project: Sanders Lee Residence, Ketchum, Idaho; Designer/Fabricator: Cheng Design, Berkeley, Calif.

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    Courtesy Richard Brooks Studio

    Brushed stainless steel with a mirror-polished decorative steel band. Project: Modern House, Spring Valley, N.Y.; Designer/Fabricator: Brooks Custom, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

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    Courtesy Richard Brooks Studio

    Brushed stainless steel hood with frosted-glass inserts. Project: Country House, Nantucket, Mass.; Designer/Fabricator: Brooks Custom, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

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    Chi Chi Ubina

    Brushed stainless steel and cable. Project: Anigre Kitchen, Riverside, Conn.; Designer/Fabricator Austin Patterson Disston Architects, Southport, Conn.

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    Chi Chi Ubina

    Brushed stainless steel and cable. Project: Anigre Kitchen, Riverside, Conn.; Designer/Fabricator Austin Patterson Disston Architects, Southport, Conn.

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    Chi Chi Ubina

    Brushed stainless steel and cable. Project: Anigre Kitchen, Riverside, Conn.; Designer/Fabricator Austin Patterson Disston Architects, Southport, Conn.

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    Stu Estler Photography

    Aged steel hood. Project: Rosedale Kitchen, Bethesda, Md.; Designer/Fabricator: Raw Urth Designs, Bellevue, Colo.

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    Stu Estler Photography

    Aged steel hood. Project: Rosedale Kitchen, Bethesda, Md.; Designer/Fabricator: Raw Urth Designs, Bellevue, Colo.

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    Stu Estler Photography

    Aged steel hood. Project: Rosedale Kitchen, Bethesda, Md.; Designer/Fabricator: Raw Urth Designs, Bellevue, Colo.

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    Bill Kramplitz

    Custom copper vent hood. Project: Callie’s Kitchen, Bellaire, Texas; Designer/Fabricator: Andrea Kralj, Houstin, Texas.

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    Pete Maric

    Scagliola stone hood. Project: Norman Residence, Aurora, Ohio; Builder/Fabricator: Palmieri Brothers, Solon, Ohio.

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    Jonathan Jackson

    Custom copper hood. Project: Spanish Oaks Showcase, Austin, Texas; Designer/Fabricator: Luis Jauregui and Jim Gandy, Austin, Texas.

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    Jonathan Jackson

    Custom copper hood. Project: Spanish Oaks Showcase, Austin, Texas; Designer/Fabricator: Luis Jauregui and Jim Gandy, Austin, Texas.

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    Jonathan Jackson

    Custom copper hood. Project: Spanish Oaks Showcase, Austin, Texas; Designer/Fabricator: Luis Jauregui and Jim Gandy, Austin, Texas.

Restaurant-style ranges are still a popular request when it comes time to outfit the kitchen. Cooktops worthy of professional kitchens—complete with wok burners that rival the flames of hell—aren’t going away any time soon. You know the drill, and you’ve probably even spent more than your share of time explaining CFMs to clients. All of which is to say that an efficient vent remains more essential than ever. But a vent also presents a design opportunity, because the hood that conceals it can be as beautiful as the blower is utilitarian. In other words, the vent has to suck, but the hood sure doesn’t need to. For some inspired examples of beautiful hoods, check out the slideshow.

Amy Albert is a senior editor at Builder.