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Mar 04 2010

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With space at a premium, imagine a kitchen without boundaries or barriers, an environment free from conventional thought and restrictions, a kitchen created to successfully achieve the delicate balance between form and function and to reflect the needs and lifestyle of the modern homeowner.

The new “kitchen matrix” allows for maximum usage of space with the focus on utilization and optimization of the interiors and exposed work areas, allowing the homeowner, apartment dweller or loft inhabitant to maximize the usage of the space at hand. Like the Roman god Janus, who could see the past and future at the same time, the modern kitchen is centered on the duality of purpose and space.

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The new approach to kitchen design is to challenge the way we look at space, so we may better understand the problem. Modern kitchen design must move away from a one-dimensional approach to design and think of the kitchen as a multi-dimensional canvas. The static, cluttered, restricted and unchanging kitchen of the past must now evolve into a living stage, a place where it is possible to create an environment that alters old beliefs about space and structure and infuse new concepts that reflect the needs of today’s modern homeowner.

Today’s kitchen has grown far from its primary function of food preparation to that of “the social center of the home,” where the family—both nuclear as well as tribal—still gathers to share, rejuvenate and commune together. The walls have come down and this once hidden and isolated feminine domain has now become part of a larger social arena. It serves as a meeting place, a dining room and a home office, as well as a place to do homework or crafts with the kids; it can even serve as a hideaway for quite reflection, or a place to gather for family fun and social entertaining.

In its new domestic role, the modern kitchen finds itself reflecting a family lifestyle based on the sharing of traditional roles and functions. The living area embraces the kitchen as a multifunctional arena where food is prepared, people talk, homework is finished and where family and friends sit by a modern hearth to bathe in the warmth of community.

Today’s kitchen is open to the rest of the home, and as such, the kitchen now must function on several levels, from food preparation to social interaction, from entertainment center to living room. More furniture, than cupboards, the modern kitchen must blend seamlessly into the living areas of the home.—Kevin Henry

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