YOUR DISAPPEARING KITCHEN
LEICHT demonstrated their interpretation of the ‘disappearing kitchen’ with their ‘room in a room’ concept, which sees the kitchen seamlessly integrated into an open concept living space with fittings and furnishings providing functions which are not entirely kitchencentric. Luxury home appliances brand Gaggenau also showcased their vision of the ‘disappearing kitchen’, with their ‘Gaggenau Home’ concept. The full-scale representation of an aspirational domestic space most notably showed off a double-door fridge hidden behind large scale wooden panels that, once closed, blend seamlessly into the surrounding aesthetic. Most traditional kitchens are surrounded by four walls and cordoned off towards the back section of the house. The first steps to renovating your kitchen for the future is to simply knock down that wall that separates the area from the rest of the home. This will link your kitchen to your dining room and beyond, making the space more accessible.
As for the process of integration, opt for built-in appliances which free up counter space while hiding most of your kitchen tools and accessories behind cabinet doors. For the finishing touch, bring in decor pieces that don’t conventionally go into this area of the house, and dot them around like you would your living room.
The ultimate aim is to expand the utility of your kitchen and turn it into any other space in the home; an area where people can easily wander in, take a seat, relax, and engage in conversation or work.