April 28, 2008

Instant Kitchen

I really like these kitchen designs by Hansen Living.  The folks at Apartment Therapy gave them a look see while in Copenhagen (also in NYC, but nowhere near me) and came away with this inspiration tip:
Knud explained that when he embarked on designing Hansen's product line, he asked some of the best chefs in Copenhagen what made them 'laugh at the typical consumer kitchen.' Then he did the opposite. The result is a collection of free-standing units with no overhead cabinets, but rather drawers below counters. Each drawer is lined with a metal perforated bottom to allow air circulation. The base pieces are raised on legs to allow access for cleaning the entire kitchen floor.

The chefs and Knud agree that overhead cabinets decrease the use of available counter space, increase the chances of hitting one's head while chopping vegetables, and make any space look smaller. They also agree not to "give people too much space" or they might try to fill it with things they don't need. In fact, Knud told me, if clients, ask for more cabinets once the kitchen is delivered, he encourages them to think about it for 6 more months and if they still feel a lack of space, they can call him and he'll concede. According to Knud, they never call.
This is their Instant Kitchen designed for small studio-type dwellings which, if it were installed in our 350 square-foot apartment would be infinitely more useful than our current gerrymandered kitchen configuration:

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