Once a purely utilitarian space, our kitchens have since evolved to become multi-purpose, social zones. Large appliances used to dictate the layout of home kitchens, which were often kept out of sight from guests and designated solely to storing, preparing and cooking food. In the last two decades, many exciting new innovations have enabled the kitchen to be relocated from the back to the centre of the house, where it has become the heart of the home.
Clutter-free and handleless systems encourage more open-concept designs that blur the boundaries between the kitchen and other parts of the home, while compact, touch-control appliances enable better utilisation of space. The development of home automation and multi-functional appliances have paved the way for a more human-centric approach to kitchen design, enabling increased flexibility, convenience and style choices.
Here are some products that can help you design a kitchen that brings people together.
(Related: Here's A Smarter Way To Design Your Kitchen)
1. Customise your kitchen storage
The work of Cubo Design, the Menta kitchen system by Miton Cucine offers innovative, modular components that can be used to create a series of kitchen stations. Choose from a wide selection of matte, silky, stone or wood-effect finishes to match your interior scheme. Each module comes with the option of customised LEDs and can be designed for specific functions; these include shelving for cookbooks, a wine bar or a storage area for small appliances.
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