These days a kitchen is not purely a food preparation area. This once static space must now accomodate various activities and ever evolving lives. The kitchen needs to be flexible and incorporate an entertaining area, a study/homework space, kids craft spot, a place to ‘catch up’ on the days events whilst still preparing dinner, yet still incorporate all the functionality of a regular kitchen. This includes cooking, cleaning, prep areas and storage for fresh and non perishables plus all your crockery, utensils, pots and pans etc. At the same time, more and more people are wanting to ‘hide’ the mess of the kitchen away. Hence the popularity over recent years for a butlers pantry or larder. Continuing on this trend we have recently seen in Europe a move towards closing the kitchen away. In the old days we closed the door to the kitchen to hide the mess, with open plans design this is not an option, so intead the following is happening. Benchtops sliding over cooktop areas, fridges & oven etc all having the ability to be ‘closed’ away. Kitchen mess “gone” with a close of a door. Who likes the the sound of that? It’s pretty exciting. Have a look at some of our pics from the design show ‘Interzum’ in Germany earlier this year and you will get the idea.
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