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Monday, 20 September 2010

The Hidden Kitchen

Some kitchens can be hidden, designed to appear when necessary and disappear when no longer needed.  The unseen kitchen is a "Shape Shifter" that allows the user to dictate its presence within the surrounding architecture. 
It can be argued that the development of the hidden kitchen is facilitating the removal of many of the key sociological elements required to make our world work.   The kitchen is not just a place where food is prepared; the kitchen creates a sense of place, a sense of home and encourages social interaction between family and friends. 
It could also be argued that if the kitchen is only occasionally present we will require our meals  to appear more instantly.  The basic function of food preparation will no longer be welcome within this alien, open planned space which no longer features a visible kitchen.
The Mogul believes that clients will always want to see what they have purchased and appreciate the choices they have made along the design path.  Any kitchen design should be personal to those who will use it and therefore they should be allowed to bathe in the social acceptance that a fantastic kitchen can bring.  It is better to dilute the kitchens dominance as opposed to removing it completely. 
Kitchen design has been underestimated in the past. Let’s hope that designers don’t remove it from our future!

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