Skip to content

Monthly Archives: October 2014

Pass The Salt Please!

This idea brings passing the salt to a whole new level!  A transforming design that offers dining flexibility and also offers additional preparation space on the kitchen side when needed!  Great!

Functional Cartilage

Okay, technically it’s not a kitchen but this accordion table certainly pushes the “chopping block” envelope!  The contemporary preparation zone is disguised as a ridged accessory, inflexible and relatively uninspiring but this is a common trait amongst kitchen transformers!  They like to keep a hidden secret.
This fancy chopping board has the ability to move and twist like a human spine revealing functional accessories and compartments embedded within its functional cartilage, all designed to aid food preparation.  Designers are now focusing on smaller elements and zones within the kitchen and embedding micro transformers within the transforming kitchen framework!
The Mogul thinks that this design shouldn’t just be a table; this should be a full scale remotely operated kitchen island!  That would be special!

Alice in Wonderland.

This space is great, releasing powerful style statements and conjuring up feelings of warmth and safety all at the same time.  The island is not centred focusing the sight lines on the over-sized doors at the end of the room.  These doors reach up towards the ceiling giving the design an “Alice in Wonderland” appearance. 

In this example the kitchen is used as an aesthetical channel of architectural focus.  Soft tones and light enhance the simplicity and effectiveness of the design.

The kitchen is understated and consists of a very functional island with some free hung cabinetry along the back wall which helps to dilute the appearance of the kitchen.  The overall combination of architecture and kitchen is brilliantly spacious and delivers the kind of understated “wow effect” that everyone desires.

Top marks!

Hell hath no fury like a kitchen designer scorned!

If you doubt the power and influence of modern kitchen design then The Mogul will be forced to unleash an implement of persuasion! 
This powerful design comes complete with medieval racking to tenderise the flesh of the unconverted and has optional surgical lighting to closely examine the impact of kitchen purification!  It even comes complete with Braille cabinetry which could reveal powerful three dimensional secrets of the true origins and unseen future of modern kitchen design! 
This kitchen by Alfredo Haberli for Schiffini throws the book at unbelievers, those who have cast a shadow upon the discipline of kitchen design!  Be warned!  Hell hath no fury like a kitchen designer scorned!

Beyond Primary Use!

You are either using your kitchen or you’re not!  This simple fact is now playing a big part in kitchen design with morphing concepts being developed every day, allowing the kitchen to cater for our every whim and expectation.
Some transformations are spectacular, outrageously automated, creating talking points and social envy while others can be created by gently introducing mood lighting and atmosphere.
No matter what your budget or style it is important to think about how your kitchen will interact with you and your family when you are not actually using it to prepare meals.  Will this important functional space promote a sense of calm, will it provide an opportunity for informal conversation and will it exude the essence of your own personal style?
Functionality lays the foundations for kitchen design but the layers and options beyond primary use are endless!

See the light!

We all demand a little luxury from time to time, the ability to switch off from the daily grind and experience an indulgence of pleasure, gratifying all five of our senses and allowing us to feel revitalised and refreshed. 
In the field of kitchen design there is mounting pressure on designers to create not just a functional space that caters for every requirement, but to create a breathtaking, interactive experience for the user. 
Modern luxury kitchens must have a Zen like quality, the ability to promote calm and offer mood setting control to the fortunate owner.  There is no better way of doing this than to integrate some lighting into the design.
Design Republic came up with this design which has all the quality hallmarks that can make the mouth water without the smell of food!  This design embraces interactive LED lighting in a powerful way and in some of the images the impact almost appears overpowering, allowing the kitchen to transform into a nightclub!  But isn’t this what we all want?  A controllable, adaptable space, which can be a kitchen by day and a social hub by night?!
Owning such an example of functional sensory extravagance can bring with it (comes in a separate box) a quiet satisfaction that you have something different!  There is the opportunity to wallow in the social adoration that will be bestowed upon you by friends and family as you demonstrate how the new kitchen works.  And in a kitchen like this you will find that the owner will not choose to demonstrate their new fan assisted oven, this will present an opportunity for a lighting show!
Kitchen design is all about identifying needs and challenging the norm.  This design is exceptional for loads of different reasons but it is a shame that many designers never ever get to meet clients with deep enough pockets to release their imaginations like this!
Great Job!

Party Kitchen

There is something not right here…you just can’t put your finger on it!  Don’t misunderstand The Mogul as it could be just a personal preference, but those fantastically muscular appliances along the back wall don’t sit well within this streamlined contemporary design!  Both the kitchen design and the appliances are great…but just not together!
The overall look is impressive, incorporating some cutting edge asymmetrical design theories and multi-unit levels to add interest and increase functional capacity.  The lower area in the foreground provides a casual landing area for your guests to crash and nibble but The Mogul must again question the appeal of this informal seating area!  Cold, hard surfaces may not appear all that inviting to “crashing guests”, lack of back support may also mean that this would be a “short sit”! The area is probably too low for preparation but would work well as an informal, integrated coffee table, ideal for canapés and champagne!!
Lets empty that wine cellar because this is a party kitchen!

Kitchen Zen! Kitchen Design Trends 2012 – Part 2.

To achieve kitchen design enlightenment you must first create a peaceful, functional flow within an arena of artistic conflict! 
Creating harmony out of aesthetical tension will deliver the best kitchen designs of 2012.

Taking the edge off…no IT IS!

Who was it said that a chair had to have 4 legs or that a car needed four wheels?  Rules are made to be broken and it is challenging these boundaries that make design exciting. 
Contemporary kitchen design has always found comfort in smooth finishes and clean lines.  The concept of having various components come together with seamless, calculated precision allowing the onlooker to be captivated and amazed at how man could be so chillingly accurate with basic tools!  The reality is though that this exactness is still controlled by man but he now has a CNC machine in is arsenal of basic tools!
This design by Simone Micheli for Euromobil named “IT IS” decides to flaunt change right into the face of contemporary kitchen design.  The smooth finishes are still present and the composition of the design is still very mainstream contemporary, but the fact that the doors and drawers have had the corners removed makes this design shine. 
In one of the images you will notice that the worktop cascades from the island to form a table, the varied worktop thickness and smooth curved lines make the transition easy but it is what is happening  underneath this element that most fascinates The Mogul.  The combination of a finger grip cavity, corner-less doors and a gable section that refuses to meet the worktop presents an unusual sight….a void that shouldn’t be there.  This element presents the viewer with a glimpse into the bowels of the beast and it is truly brilliant!
The Mogul approves!