Creating The Essential Kitchen

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Photo Courtesy of Christian Woo Modern Furniture Design

The evolution of the modern kitchen has grown far from its primary function of food preparation, to that of “the social center of the home”. A place where the family, both nuclear as well as tribal, still gather to share, rejuvenate and commune together.

Today the kitchen is still the gathering place of the tribe, but the walls have come down and this once hidden and secluded place is now part of a larger social arena. It serves as a meeting place, a dining room, a home-office, a place to do homework; it can even serve as a hide away for quite reflection, or a place to gather for fun and entertainment.

Today’s kitchen has become a place that defines the home and those that live within it. This once private domain of the feminine world has now given way to the new social order and reflects the world that we live in. Today we find that everyone is welcomed in the kitchen. More and more family members and friends are invited, if not encouraged to participate in the ritual of preparation.

And with this increased activity and additional bodies in a high-traffic ballet of fire, boiling water and sharp pointy things…we find that the assembly-line kitchen of the past with its uniform horizon of sink, dishwasher, cook-top, oven and refrigerator, forever locked in its limited one-person “work-triangle”, must give way to a new way of thinking.