The family home has evolved over the last century. While once rooms were segregated and had single functions, now we seek multi-purpose areas. Gone are the days when the cook was confined to the kitchen, with eating only taking place at a laid dining table. Open-plan living allows for all aspects of domestic life to intersect seamlessly. At Poliform, the Shape kitchen is the result of research into these evolving concepts. It shows that the kitchen is no longer intended to be hidden away but is a status symbol, to be shown off as much as lived in. However, the fine balance between sleek, sophisticated design and practical architectural solutions is not always easy to achieve.
When planning a kitchen, consider the space available and think how it will be used. If there are three walls available, a U-shaped kitchen is a good option – there will be plenty of space for storage and wall cabinets. If you would prefer your kitchen to be truly multi-functional, consider keeping the work area as an L-shape, thus freeing up the rest of the space.
Thinking of the kitchen in terms of zones can also be a good starting point, though the ‘working triangle’ of fridge, sink and cooker is not so relevant to how we cook today. Instead, a breakfast zone, a food preparation area and a cooking area allows more than one person to be in a kitchen at any one time without getting in the way. Completely free of configuration is Boffi’s Combine kitchen by Piero Lissoni – with blocks, worktops and tables of different sizes that are designed to be mixed and matched to create separate units for cooking, washing and preparation.
Using different light sources to create distinct areas – such as task lighting for food preparation areas and softer lighting solutions over an island or dining table – is also recommended. So, too, is investing in the visible elements that receive heavy use – the appliances, work surfaces and front panels on units – so saving money on the internal configurations.
Essential, contemporary and elegant are the keywords that define N_Elle by Cesar. Conceived by García Cumini to satisfy the constant need for unique compositions that are on-trend and feature strong contrasts, these pieces are naturally suited to the kitchen as well as the living room, making for a solution that offers continuity between the two areas. Lounge is in fact the name of a kitchen system from Veneta Cucine that offers increased storage capacity. the extra capacity results from the use of a compact skirting board, which enables extra volume in the base cabinet to be utilised. the design is completed with ‘scrigno’, a system of columns with doors on the side that slide toward the inside to open. the columns can accommodate accessories and appliances appliances that the user does not wish to display – such as an oven, microwave or clothes washer – and can be equipped with drawers and a pull-out shelf.
Scavolini’s new Mia kitchen by chef Carlo Cracco has a significant technological component. the appliances supplied – such as the vacuum drawer with new marinating function, the food-warming lamp and the hood with professional extraction – are meant to bring a touch of ‘refinement’ to everyday meals and enhance users’ desire and love of cooking.
Hacker kitchens’ new 2019 ranges are notable for their sleek design and outstanding quality, and the brand makes the world’s only ‘tropicalised’ kitchen. these are specially sealed and treated with an anti-fungal layer during the manufacturing process, using a sealant that expands and stretches with temperature. this makes the cabinets less penetrable by moisture, therefore increasing durability.
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