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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Even Flow

This is great!  There an amazing flow to this design as it stretches out in the middle of the room.  The usual boundaries between cooking and sociability seem to have been abandoned for a more liberal, and inviting approach. 
It is as though the kitchen has become the main attraction at a private art exhibition, attracting admiration and gasps of surprise from family and friends as they schmooze around the room drinking champagne and munching on canapés! 
The rich dark shelves contrast strongly against the camouflaged white storage area and the integration of these open shelving units allow kitchen and living space to merge into one.  It is also interesting that these shelving units have been constructed so that light and sight lines are not obstructed, allowing those mingling within the space to view the design from interesting and obscure angles through the shelves!  You can also personalise this art installation by placing your own possessions on the shelves.
The Mogul loves this!  Go on….express yourself!

Transforming Furniture Absorbing Kitchens!

The Mogul has long argued that the modern kitchen can now be defined by its island, with the taller more cumbersome elements being absorbed by the surrounding architecture or being cloaked behind transforming cabinetry.  The kitchen is in-fact an island with some modified architectural cabinetry in support.
So it is interesting to see how this design and an increasing number of others are detaching the island from the floor, creating a floating centrepiece which is only tethered to the architecture by the services required for function.
This design accepts that there must be unity between kitchen and architecture but it also expresses an understanding that there must be a connection with the other pieces of furniture sharing an open plan space.  The T-shaped island unit is like a functional docking station, able and willing to accept elements that can temporarily enhance the functional experience without permanently polluting the aesthetic influence of the kitchen.   
Welcome to a new beginning!  Transforming furniture absorbing kitchens are here!

Life’s like a box of chocolates!

This kitchen is huge; it meanders around the room throwing its weight around, casually placing functional elements here and there; it could even be said that this particular design rambles a little too far! 
But there is a natural gravitation here towards the exceptional island which acts as a functional anchor drawing the hungry towards the source of nourishment!  And there is no better way to impress your salivating guests than by serving something hot straight out of your super cool Scholtes appliances! 
The mixture of stainless steel and chocolate is great presenting a vision of contemporary elegance and style, but it is the cooking area that gives this design an edge!  The format of the bridged cooking zone and the hood resembles a scene from Forest Gump when our unlikely hero runs past some snow capped mountains that are perfectly mirrored into a crystal clear lake…the lines here are equally as impressive!
So as you open one of these chocolate doors you really might not know what you’re gonna get!!  Shrimp?

Pet Shop Boys Kitchen

The Mogul always appreciates something new and this concept certainly causes us to rethink things a little.
This compact and functional kitchen would be perfectly suited to the interior architecture of the Star ship Enterprise or would be the perfect functional prop on the abstract stage set at a Pet Shop Boys concert.  However just like Electropop this kitchen will not be universally accepted, instead it may find a limited following of open minded, artistically influenced individuals who may wear base ball caps and futuristic clothing!
Our approach to everything must change for this design to become main stream. 
Love it!

A Kitchen is Born

Contemporary kitchen design can be described by using a certain type of language that might include phrases like handle less, linear, asymmetrical, minimal and high gloss!  From a purely aesthetical point of view however contemporary kitchen design can be seen as an artistic play with shapes, lines, light and architectural influence with each designer seeing different things and painting the picture in a different way.
It is interesting that some of these kitchen artists are now beginning to soften their more risky Turner Prize entries by using more traditional oils and pastels!  High gloss, handle less door panels are now being replaced by more traditionally profiled doors making the look more appealing to some audiences like those considering the wider resale appeal required in America!  The lines are still contemporary, the look is still modern but the edges don’t cut as deep! 
There is an inevitable shift happening!  The contemporary classic kitchen is being born!  Expect to see lots more of this!

The neutralisation of the kitchen!

Upon hearing that you are going to buy a new kitchen many friends and relatives look forward to seeing the results; but increasingly kitchen designers are becoming involved in an intricate game of cat and mouse.  You can only see the kitchen if you can find it first!
Transforming kitchens like this one are becoming integrated and absorbed into the structure of buildings and are helping to elevate the influence of the kitchen upon architectural planning.  The kitchen is no longer an architectural hangover, it is now an architectural divining rod with the ability to find and harness the inspirational core within every client!
Shape shifting designs allow the kitchen to be controlled by the user, only allowing it to influence the space and the people living within it when required.  The neutralisation of the kitchens physical presence is an increasingly popular trend and it will continue to grow as populations increase and living environments get smaller!
Gone are the days where every wall must have a cabinet, but could this popular practice blunt the artistic edge of kitchen design making it impotent and less expressive!?

Semi-Fitted Kitchens

The removal of wall units and elaborate mouldings is becoming increasingly popular in contemporary kitchen design.  This design has simple predetermined elements and is physically attached to the surrounding architecture but can it still be classified as being fitted?  Is the modern kitchen now permanently in the state of “semi-fit”? 
Could it also be argued that kitchen design is becoming so calculated, premeditated and modularised that it loosing the artisan touch?  Do skilled craftspeople now need only a battery drill to create modern masterpieces!
The drive for efficiency can provide cost effectiveness but you can also alienate the skills handed down for generations!  It is a fine line!
Chat amongst yourselves!!