Downdraft extraction is now common place but not too long ago this automated extractor rising from the worktop would have been seen as a fitting accessory in any James Bond movie.
There may always be a market for solid oak raised panel kitchens but they will be sprinkled with a diluted version of the future. Internal pull outs and multi-purpose accessories are already here as well informed clients now expect ergonomic efficiency and a well thought out design. The internet is fuelling our knowledge and acceptance of change. Kitchen design is becoming as important as architecture and good designers need to consider more than the kitchens primary function.