HIDE and SEEK
Increasingly, open-plan homes mean there’s more interest than ever in kitchens that can be tucked away when not in use. ‘The most prevalent challenge with modern properties is space,’ explains Daniela Condo, designer at Life Kitchens. ‘Ever-shrinking home footprints mean that rooms are multifunctional; combining living, cooking and dining in one space is becoming the norm.’
Life Kitchens’ ‘Hidden Kitchen’ (top) can be concealed within seconds behind fumed larch doors that sport a chevron design ( from £25,000; life-kitchens.co.uk). Boffi’s ‘K5’ (middle) performs an entirely different kind of disappearing act – the island’s solid-elm worktop slides across to cover the sink ( from £50,000; boffi.com). Chamber Furniture’s new kitchen units ( bottom), meanwhile, can be shut away behind flush bi-folding doors made of fumed oak ( from £40,000; chamberfurniture.co.uk).
‘EVER-SHRINKING HOME FOOTPRINTS MEAN COMBINING LIVING, COOKING AND DINING IN ONE SPACE IS BECOMING THE NORM’