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Types of Kitchens – part 3


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Kitchen in a cupboard

For the rock bottom priced kitchen, an ‘off the peg’ countertop, available from DIY superstores, with a sink unit and open shelves above and below, will save the cost of cabinets but will be subject to grease and dust and look untidy.

There are bespoke ‘mini-kitchens’ prefabricated with various combinations, which are not cheap but worth studying for ideas. It will generally be cheaper and more desirable, but not quicker, to design a more client-specific combination instead. These can be concealed with sliding or folding doors, which could also form part of a storage wall where the depth of the cupboard is suitable for clothes-hanging space alongside.

A good example is Culshaw Bell’s Complete Kitchen. (Read more for the big reveal! 🙂

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Types of kitchens – part 2


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The luxury kitchen

At the top of the market, the kitchen becomes a status symbol which can cost anything, equipped perhaps with a range cooker, larger and more expensive than a Mercedes-Benz SLK car.

This type of kitchen may have vast refrigerators and ice machines from the USA, fan refrigerators which are better at circulating air, wine coolers, and even a separate cold room reminiscent of the north-facing larders of old country houses. This phenomenon has largely been inspired by celebrity TV chefs who have renewed an interest in cooking from good raw materials. The rich, who like to cook, want a great room to do it in which will not only look good, but be a show place for the latest gadgets such as steam ovens, cappuccino machines, glass-covered plasma screen televisions and stainless steel-lined copper pans. These will be set in a decor of hardwearing, expensive finishes such as limestone floors and oak cabinets and granite or composite stone worktops. Continue reading →

Free Up Space & Hide Your Kitchen


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Space is something you cannot get enough of – especially in the kitchen, where things are usually super-crammed. So here’s your challenge: fit a compact yet complete kitchen into one square meter when it’s closed up. You should keep the kitchen, and enough storage to cook and clean up easily within a very tiny limit.

Here’s how design students Kristin Laass and Norman Ebelt made it work. Their quite brilliant solution, to accommodate all the various ways that we use the kitchen was one of the entries in the DMY international design festival berlin 2010.

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Starck Tower for Warendorf


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As Miele kitchens rebrands itself and takes the name of the town in which the company is based – Warendorf – it is marking this change with a new kitchen. They’ve chosen one of the biggest names in design, no less than Philippe Starck to develop the first kitchen under the new brand.

Starck has created a kitchen design that represents something of a departure, both emotionally and functionally, from the traditional wall-to-wall arrangement of fitted kitchens. He calls the concept “democratic design” because its wide range of individual elements and the ability to combine them in different ways gives it potentially wide appeal to a range of consumers, lifestyles and spaces.

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Isola Kitchen (s)


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If you’re like me, you’ll love this modern kitchen I’ve just found. It’s called Isola and comes from Italy, made by a company called LISA. Why LISA? It means: Luxury IS an Attitude. Now that’s a name! Now let’s see the kitchen:

The Isola kitchen is entirely made of steel which – besides being beautiful (if a bit difficult to keep clean off fingerprints) – makes its sleek shape possible. The Isola kitchen has a cooktop, some work-surface and a sink built in and comes with a matching hood.

Where would you put this? Surely not next to a wall, this piece of furniture (shall I say art?) is made to be on display. Also, you’ll need a quite sizeable kitchen for it to look best. It might not have the practical tidbits (like, er….. drawers?) its more boxy counterparts do, but if you have the kitchen this piece of furniture fits into, this is probably the last thing to worry about.

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New Danze kitchen faucets


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It’s something you don’t even realize, but the humble kitchen faucet is probably the most-used part of your kitchen. Just count: how many times you turn it on when you need fresh water. Choosing the right one is important not just for the look your kitchen but for quality and reliability too.

Faucets come in great variety regarding form and function: single- or two-handled, pull-out , pull-down or static, normal, arched or even the recently popular pot-filler faucet. Today I’d like to show a few ones from Danze, a well-known company for durable faucets, together with the kitchen styles they go well with.


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5 Kitchen Design Trends That Are Here to Stay


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Kitchens that are larger, open and multi-functional are here to stay according to industry experts. A generation ago, the kitchen was the room where mom cooked meals alone. Now it’s the “centre of the home,” filled with family and friends.
Instead of pricey fads like glass countertops and large-sized microwaves, look at these few kitchen design ideas that will be worth the time and money.

A quick prep area with a small sink, cutting board and microwave or a larger sink in the island helps with gourmet cooking. Mixed and matched cabinet finishes, exotic woods, jewelry-like hardware and display areas that show off glass collections give the kitchen an eclectic look. Wrap-around desks that extend into the family room provide more space. Cabinet storage for pull-down spice racks and buffet storage for beverage centers make the kitchen run more efficiently. And that’s a goal worth investing in.

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Tip of the day: two dishwashers


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When I’ve heard it first, I thought: what a lazy guy! He told me he hates having to put the dishes away once they’re clean. So here’s his solution – install two dishwashers in your kitchen instead of the usual one.

two dishwashersThis means that once his dishes are clean, the dishwasher in regarded as the cupboard. When you’re hungry, just take the plates and spoons from the dishwasher/cupboard, then – upon finishing your meal, – put the dirty dishes in the second, vacant dishwasher. As soon as this second, vacant dishwasher is full, get it to clean your dishes. Once clean, this second dishwasher is now the cupboard, and you put your dirty dishes in the other one. Just like the circle of life.

(Actually, the lazy guys are relatives living in Australia)