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Earth Kitchen

Undisputedly contemporary in appearance this kitchen has some seriously understated presence.  The unorthodox use of polished brass and textured stone allows this kitchen to transcend the ages and exude some basic, primeval qualities!
The stone is just beautiful with an almost fluid texture that could be compared to shifting weather patterns above the earth.  This fluidity is matched by the strength and earthy power of engineered brass which caresses the stone in a reassuring embrace!
Great Design!  Fantastic Materials!

The Kitchen is Not Enough!

The Mogul is guessing that the ceiling has just separated to allow the fashionable, boxed extraction system to descend!!
Is this the perfect kitchen, for the perfect concrete bunker, for the perfect James Bond villain?
Fantastic!

Functional Kitchen

The Mogul loves how the ovens have been left sitting on the worktop as though the fitting team has removed them from the packaging and forgotten to actually fit them.
The design looks brilliant but you have to question the amount of preparation space available within this design.  Remember; function is the foundation for kitchen design and there appears to be an intimate relationship developing between the cleaning and cooking zones here with a limited amount of space available to the right hand side of the hob. 
It could also be argued that the absent minded fitter should have placed the ovens closer to the end of the worktop giving the end user more, unbroken preparation space.  However, The Mogul would concede that by doing this the design would become less aesthetically appealing, so top marks to that aesthetically astute fitter!!  The end user might eat out a lot!
However this design does consider function as the designers have used a Blum Syncromotion Corner Drawer to utilise the full depth of the corner unit. 
Are commercially driven aesthetics now taking precedence over function?  The Mogul will let you be the judge!

Visual Experiment Kitchen

When reinventing kitchen design you have to be prepared to accept a little criticism, after all, we always fear what we don’t know and question what is unfamiliar.  So your knee jerk reaction to this design might be to think that it is too white, too clinical, to jumbled and too abstract!  Oh yea…and there isn’t enough worktop!
However, The Mogul believes that this is an exceptional attempt to re-pour the mould, offering a visual experiment that uses light and shadow to animate the design.  The appearance of this kitchen will change throughout the day as natural light arch’s across the space and imagine what would happen if you integrated some coloured lighting. 
There is a real disrespect for symmetry here with the design flaunting affection for multi layered height and depth; and by appreciating asymmetry the designer has created some interestingly, functional niches! 
This is not the kitchen your Mother had, but introduce the smell of freshly baked buns and some intimate, personal conversations and this piece of abstract functional art will evoke the same securities as the kitchen you remember as a child!
Kitchen Design is changing!

The Kitchen – A Divine Architectural Intervention!

Can you define where the kitchen stops and the architecture begins?  This design uses a seamless embrace to create a contemporary architectural unity that is disguised amid pastel colours and warming textures! 
The sequencing of layers creates drama within the design right from plinth to ceiling level allowing the designers to explore texture, colour, form and light to maximum effect.
The scale of the room is impressive and The Mogul is convinced that the brief suggested that the entire house should become the kitchen reducing the need or desire to visit any other room. 
The architecture has been absorbed by the kitchen and has been granted a vital role in delivering the Holy Grail of kitchen design;  A kitchen that is both contemporary and safe, providing a wow for now and design longevity into the future.
This design also displays a trend for 2012!  Polished chrome detailing mixed with wood veneer and paint! 
Hats off here because this kitchen is divine!!

A Test Kitchen!

What do you see here?  Is this a kitchen, a piece of art or is this the blatant exposure of functional kitchen zones?  Each independent zone has a relationship to the other and can be universally configured to the meet the requirements of any individual. 
This kitchen is a test, a means of establishing what is important to you!  Would you choose this kitchen because it is art or dismiss it because it is unconventional? 
The answer you choose will have been determined long before the question was asked by considering how you were raised as a child and the social environment in which you now live. 
Who said that kitchen design wasn’t interesting!

High Horse!

When products work well you can take them for granted not noticing their efficiency or the level of convenience they offer.  However, if a problem arises it can become an iconic irritation in your life.  A dread that plays on your mind; a regret that can destroy your decision making confidence! 
Imagine this scenario, you get up every morning for work, get dressed, have your breakfast and go outside only to find that your car won’t start!  Would you begin to regret buying it!   Probably!  And each morning, even after you have had it fixed you would still question its reliability and your own ability to make purchasing decisions!  So imagine how irritating it would be to find that even before you make it to your un-reliable car, your kitchen decides to let you down as well!
Every kitchen design, no matter how artistic and aesthetically pleasing should have a natural flow, an unspoken pattern that assists the user.  The positioning of the sink and hob tops in this design means that the user must walk around the island every time they want to use the ovens or collect produce from the consumables zone.  An island should create an opportunity to assist functionality but in this instance it has become an obstacle! 
Bad functional design will soon become an unbelievable frustration soon after the social joy of having a new kitchen has faded.  It is so important to invest in good kitchen design because it has the ability to enhance your life….and if you have invested in good design…you probably haven’t even noticed!

Kitchen Design Evolution! A New Beginning!

The search is on for a contemporary kitchen that will evolve past the flat expanses of uniform glossy panels; and that is why kitchen designers at the leading edge of the industry are now exploring angular definitions.  Contemporary kitchen design is mutating and the process is beginning to deliver the next generation of kitchens.
These new designs are loosely built upon the flat linear lines that made contemporary kitchen design such an unstoppable commercial freight train, but now designers are adding some subtle punctuation to their designs.
The use of depth, height and colour variation allows the popular linear appearance to stay, but it is now re-energised to create a completely new look.  Higher cabinetry sections become functional pods whilst lower sections blend more easily into a living space.  Key functional elements can appear less obvious because the viewer is distracted by aesthetical variations within the design. 
By becoming more intensely scrutinised, kitchen designers are now beginning to deliver a product that is respected for its complexity and quite simply, its design!   

Aggressive Kitchen Design

The aggressive, rasping texture of this monolithic slab dissipates instantly into the cool tranquil tones of polished marble.  A fantastic contrast is created as the stone is forced to accept a new functional role whilst wood and light begrudgingly add a little warmth.
The throw away industrial feel is enhanced further by the random spray lettering on the slab giving this design an abstract artistic feel that defies convention and tests of boundaries of domestic culinary acceptance. 
   
The Mogul Approves…..and in the coming weeks will return to pass judgement on other fantastic kitchen designs!

Cool Contemporary Elegance

There is some very cool contemporary elegance on display here.  A kitchen that just oozes superior style and that has avoided being clearly categorised! 
The designers have resisted the urge to create a clear boundary between the kitchen and the open plan living space by not including an island.  Placing a long island in the foreground with the tall units, appliances and shelving behind, would have created a more condensed and potentially more efficient working environment; but as it sits the island becomes a peninsula and the working environment is extremely open!  This open access feel presents a different approach, diluting the appearance of the kitchen and allowing the open plan space to gel.  Traditional room definition has been removed, being replaced with a free flowing, social environment; in many ways achieving this can be seen as the Holy Grail of contemporary kitchen design! 
However the Mogul would question several design features.  Firstly the housing provided for the fridge…has this been left bigger to provide the user with universal options?  Secondly, why have the ovens been placed so far away from the cooking zone (hob)?  Is it to accommodate the perfect aesthetic placement of the candelabra?  And lastly….How do you reach the top shelf?!  Stand on the worktop?