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December 17, 2013
No matter how cozy your living room or den, the kitchen is usually the heart of a home. Whether you use yours to mimic Nigella or zap a TV dinner, you'll find helpful how-tos and insightful predictions in our kitchen design primer.
The Frankfurt kitchen, designed by Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, was one of the first kitchens designed as a complete and efficient system.

INTRODUCTION TO KITCHEN DESIGN

The kitchen has evolved from a closed-off satellite to the most open, doted-upon room in the house—and repository of our dreams of domestic fulfillment.

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V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Originally appeared in An Introduction to Kitchen Design
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Bulthaup's b2 system comes equipped with everything a kitchen needs—the workbench contains a sink, trash receptacles, and cooktops, while the two wooden cabinets house the appliances and the kitchenware.

With its updated version of the old walk-in hearth, Bulthaup deconstructs the kitchen into the freestanding B2 system fit for a modern ascetic.

Originally appeared in Bulthaup's B2 Kitchen System
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San Francisco architect Cass Calder Smith transformed his cramped, inefficient kitchen into a bright, joyous place where he can cook, eat, relax, and, if he so chooses, get some work done.

San Franscisco architect Cass Calder Smith turns his “inefficiency” kitchen into a modestly scaled and well-lit place to cook, eat, work, and enjoy the view—even with his back turned

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Cesar Rubio
Originally appeared in Open Kitchen
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Kitchen shelves

THE FUTURE OF KITCHENS

Cardenio Petrucci has seen the kitchen assume increasing prominence, to the point where it’s akin to a piece of fine furniture.

Originally appeared in Cardenio Petrucci on Kitchens of the Future
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Sasha samples berries at the island while Wes, perched on the counter next to Deborah, clutches the whipped cream—similar in color to the backsplash, made of traditional Moroccan tiles and available through Emory & Cie.

WHEN HANDMADE IS THE WAY OF THE FUTURE

About eight years ago, Scott Hudson founded his Seattle-based company Henrybuilt (named for his grandfather) to try to fill the void between sophisticated high-end European kitchen systems and what he calls the “hodgepodge” approach. Here's one beautiful example of the approach, as seen in writer Deborah Bishop's San Francisco kitchen.

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Originally appeared in Project Runaway
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Vintage 1950s style dining room

KITCHEN SCIENCE

The nephew of food guru Elizabeth David, Grey found validation for his design approach in the field of neuroscience.

Originally appeared in Johnny Grey on Kitchens of the Future
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FUTURE KITCHENS 

Italian architect Antonio Citterio’s prolificacy cast doubts on whether he’s ever rested, creating everything from modular sofas to Vitra’s industrial plant in Germany to sleek, modern kitchens of the future.

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THE FUTURE OF KITCHENS

According to this chef who routinely pushes the boundaries of how food is prepared and presented, the ideal kitchen will look back to the future and go sous-vide.

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The Frankfurt kitchen, designed by Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, was one of the first kitchens designed as a complete and efficient system.

INTRODUCTION TO KITCHEN DESIGN

The kitchen has evolved from a closed-off satellite to the most open, doted-upon room in the house—and repository of our dreams of domestic fulfillment.

Image courtesy of V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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