I've been a bit kitchen crazy lately. I'm designing several right now and all quite different. It has me popping about the web in search of the latest and greatest..
One kitchen is for a 30 something couple who own a converted loft in downtown Toronto. They have a small kitchen partially enclosed with a half wall on one side and a six foot wall housing an electrical panel on the other. The new plan calls for both walls to be removed, the panel relocated and the kitchen to be redefined by stretching it into the now dining area. We've removed the upper cabinets completely on one wall and instead opted for an industrial stainless exhaust hood to be the showpiece. Further down that same elevation we're doing a mobile section of counter that can be re-purposed as an island in future. This client has a massive dining table that will literally be in the middle of the room, but it's important to think about how the next owners would use the space. They may want to have the kitchen a bit more separate from the dining. The island provides that separation. This renovation is a great example of maximum impact on a tighter budget. The cabinets themselves will be from Ikea. Stainless steel appliances, stone or concrete counters, and a spectacular central light fixture will make this kitchen look like a custom high end renovation.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we're designing a large addition to an existing historic home. The addition will house the new kitchen, family room, washroom, laundry and sauna. The client's style is more traditional but with a real desire to express individuality at the same time. The kitchen will be open onto the dining area but with the ability to conceal it should the need arise during dinners parties and the like. The layout will be a traditional plan with the cabinets in an L shape and a large island in front. At the open end of the L there will be a seating area with a small sofa. The style of the cabinets at this point will be a classic rich wood, but the appliances will be large scale professional series.
I will continue my kitchen research and hope that this article below from Trend Hunter does not actually prove to be a Trend!
This is the image from the article. It's not terribly relevant to the article but I'm including it because I actually quite like the concept. In truth I've done kitchens layouts really similar to this.
Instead of worrying about what type of flashy appliances to buy for your chic loft, the latest trend in New York City is to nix those worries by scrapping kitchens entirely. New Yorkers are saving themselves the time, money and upkeep of a culinary hangout and focusing on other priorities. Most busy urbanites never find the time to cook in their homes anyway, opting to go out for meals instead.
The trend has spread to the UK now too, as the Telegraph points out, “Kitchen homicide is already infiltrating central London flats.”
“Kitchens are dying away in London,” the Telegraph quoted interior designer, Richard Adams. “Other than places to serve drinks before you go to a restaurant they aren’t really used much. I have hidden a small hob, oven and microwave in big white cupboards in the living area. It is perfect for cocktails, but not for dinner.”
An international survey said, “London has overtaken Tokyo and Paris to become the world’s most expensive city for dining out, a new international survey revealed Wednesday. At an average of 39.09 pounds (57.40 euros, 54.08 dollars), the price of a three-course meal for one in the British capital city has increased by 2.9 percent from 2006, according to the survey for the Zagat restaurant guide.”
The trend is catching on as property developers conjour up new ways to deal with tighter spaces. These include “strip kitchens” – one teensy row of kitchen units – to “heat up zones”, implying little more than a ring suitable for a bed-sit. Some designers have responded by bringing out “crash pads” for weekday homeowners. Jade Jagger, the designer, has come up with pods in New York where the kitchen virtually folds away. (telegraph)