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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Sweet Nothings Kitchen

A few words spoken softly can be more powerful than shouting in anger!  Contemporary kitchen design has the ability to whisper softly enough to be heard on many levels. 
This kitchen agrees with the architecture and the quiet murmurings between the disciplines project a powerful statement of style.
It is always said that the quiet party within any conversation is controlling it…maybe you are unusually quiet because your jaw is scraping against the floor in total awe of what you see!
Kitchen design is changing!!

Squatter

This design celebrates the fact that architectural boundaries are being dissolved and that it is now cool to place your kitchen in the middle of your living room!  Or is that the other way around?!
The Mogul loves how the two ovens have been given pride of place within this design.  They have broken free from their traditional cabinetry shell; and it could even be argued that they now illegally squat in the most natural place for a plasma television!  Is the kitchen now becoming a source of entertainment??!!  And we’ll leave that point for another post!
This design is functionally diluted and will therefore work perfectly within an open plan space!  Let’s celebrate those kitchen appliances!

Pure Contradiction!

Only light is allowed to influence the purity of this design.  The subtle contradiction between linear form and textured finish creates an interesting proposition for any architectural space. 
The split level cantilever with unobtrusive supporting element gives the design an edgy feel and allowing this feature to penetrate through the surface material is a real master stroke!
The Mogul likes this one!

Future Kitchen by The Mogul – As seen in KBB Magazine April 2011.

There are many things in life that help to define who we are; where we live, the clothes we wear and the car we drive all help to identify our place in society.  The kitchen however reaches beyond materialistic values and presents an opportunity for cultural, social and family unity within the sanctuary of the home.  The kitchen defines who we are, what we like, how we eat and how we live.   We are already part of a kitchen culture. 
The kitchen culture is influenced by fashion, art, food, technology, architecture and the need for personal comfort and that is why the kitchen of tomorrow has become a complex , multi layered product that can be tailored to every individual set of lifestyle choices. 

The kitchen shown above by MVK Italia illustrates how the modern kitchen can be defined by the units that are not actually there.  This image is strong and shows that a kitchen can actually be used to define the space surrounding it.  The Kitchen is becoming an artistic formation of architecturally adaptable islands that anchor function and sociability in an open plan setting. 

It can be said that the kitchen is developing into the artistic definition of the architecture that surrounds it.  Multiple islands connected by a bridging element in a contrasting material or texture is something to watch out for in 2011.

Shape Shifting kitchens are making the journey from concept to reality allowing for a seamless movement between various states of use.  This idea of a transforming kitchen offers versatility and flexibility to the user, ideal in an open plan setting. 
The use of lighting and neutrally coloured materials will become more popular as these two elements can assist the illusion of the kitchen becoming fused with the surrounding architecture, allowing it to become invisible.
Asymmetrical design is the art of creating a harmonious aesthetical appearance from a calculated imbalance.  Multiple manufacturers are now seeing this as a way of facilitating function while accommodating the progressive integration of the kitchen and living space.  Expect to see more shelving units, multiple unit sizes and heights which will help to create natural voids softening the appearance of the kitchen into something more reflective of furniture found in a living space!
Tomorrows kitchen is actually available today complete will all kinds of technologically advanced features designed to aid ergonomics and functionality as well as enhancing the holistic experience for the user. 
Kitchen automation is increasingly popular with many designs now integrating electrically powered, touch sensitive mechanisms in order to assist the user.  This idea also enhances the aesthetics, removing the need for handles and creating a streamline, linear look. 
Many designers now appreciate the need for entertainment in the kitchen and have integrated I-pods, TV’s and even aquariums into their designs.   There is now a real thirst to satisfy all five of the human senses which will make these ideas increasingly more popular in 2011.

So what is happening right now?  Ultra thin worktops, increased automation, pale pastel colours mixed with a contrasting material and disappearing appliances  all come top of the list for 2011. 
But one of the most important developments in kitchen design for this year and beyond is a change in attitude!  People are now more aware of their own needs at home, we are a style conscious, well educated nation of kitchen buyers who appreciate that a well designed kitchen can bring harmony to the home in 2011 and beyond. 

1.21 gigawatts of kitchen

The kitchen has actually become an island, and the island kitchen presents an opportunity for functional and artistic self expressionism! 
The three arms of this design reach out towards the surrounding architecture longing for a physical connection to the structural boundaries that have historically manipulated and constrained its development.    But this metaphor of historical reflection is only a symbolic gesture, as this design is also expressing its new found freedom, its ability to stretch and control an open plan space and encourage the seamless integration between sociability and function!  This kitchen island has no sides and is coming out….with pride!
It is also interesting that by looking back in time and considering the design path that has liberated the kitchen you are also seeing into the future!  Is it also coincidental that this island is shaped like a flux capacitor!?  Maybe the appliances run on 1.21 gigawatts of power!

Break a Leg!

This island is certainly different; curved functionality placing the gastronomic conductor right in the middle of the orchestra pit. 
The Mogul loves the quirky step in the island! The designers have resisted the urge to plug the gap and this unusual feature really makes the design shine…But you can almost imagine the kids crawling through this “tunnel”, just as the gastronomic conductor reaches the climax of a sweaty and passionate symphony of cooking!  Just be careful you don’t “Break a leg”!

Move In With Me?!

This concept creation by Robert Lange celebrates the idea that the kitchen is a social hub, allowing people living in a communal environment to interact socially while preparing independent meals.  The space is also versatile enough to adapt to changing communal demographics. 
Many kitchens now feature duel cooking and cleaning zones in order to aid work flow and function but it is interesting to see this idea adapted specifically for a “flat share” situation. 
Maybe in the future we will all be forced to reconsider our living arrangements and these social pressures may remould our expectations of the kitchen.
Within kitchen design human and social elements dictate the equilibrium and influence the pace of change…we have interesting times ahead! 

Raise me up!

Good kitchen designers explore every possible avenue to ensure that the products they develop indulge the lifestyle and physical requirements of the user.   Every whim is now catered for with electrical opening support mechanisms being included as a standard feature in modern kitchens for horizontally moving elements like drawers.
Automation is now more common in the vertical plane and this design by Team 7 was one of the pioneers of this idea.  Human beings interact with their environment based on their sensory capabilities and the spatial grammar of the kitchen and the architecture that surrounds it.  In other words, if you are tall you will see and use the environment in a different way than those people who live their life closer to the ground.  From a very practical point of view; if you like to bake and the worktop is too high you will not be able to get a proper purchase on the rolling pin when making pastry…very frustrating!  Having the ability to automatically adjust the working surface height is a great feature and one that is becoming increasingly popular!
Shape Shifting kitchens are everywhere!