Every summer, House Beautiful collaborates with top designers and chefs to create their stylish and innovative Kitchen of the Year.

This year, Food Network star and chef Tyler Florence brought his idea of an expansive indoor/outdoor kitchen to the heart of New York City and the foot of Rockefeller Center.

The space is absolutely breathtaking: Dark wood cabinetry and hand-scraped hickory flooring set a rustic backdrop, drawing inspiration from Northern California style. The large overhead windows allow plenty of natural sunlight to pour in and help form that indoor/outdoor feel.

And what better way to blend chic with rustic than an apron-front sink. Our new Whitehaven sink is featured in Caviar color and blends perfectly with the surrounding woodwork and countertops. Tyler creatively placed two faucets side-by-side at the sink, a sleek bridge faucet and a chef-friendly pullout faucet for heavy duty cooking.

On the kitchen island, a large singe-basin sink and pulldown faucet offer a prep and clean-up area or a place to store chilled drinks and appetizers when entertaining.

The wall-mounted pot filler allows you to fill pots right at the stove without hauling them to the sink, a luxury typically found in pro-kitchens.

In the dining area, the hanging chandelier and mix-and-match assortment of chairs around the table offer a creative splash of color, pattern and glitz to the otherwise black-and-white space.

Outside, a large wood oven is surrounded by stone countertops, a large grill, even a sink and faucet, making it entirely possible to entertain without needing to run inside. The adjacent outdoor table is large enough to seat eight, and sits next to a covered patio with even more seating.

Tyler’s vision truly shines in this kitchen: indoor meets outdoor, pro-chef tools meet real-home style, sleek white tile meets rustic black wood. The 2011 Kitchen of the Year is an eclectic mix, and in this age of personalization, it seems to be a perfect fit.