Throughout history, the definition of a kitchen has been evolving until our recent days, one thing that hasn’t changed though, it remains the heart of the house, it’s the place where all family members meet and enjoy quality of life.
The Kitchen is the most complex space in your house, yet,If there is one space you would wish to invest in, it is your kitchen. Not only because it is the space that demands the highest safety measures, but also because it is the place where family gather, eat, drink, work, or talk.
Designing a kitchen is a long process that requires deep understanding of both, user needs and design elements. In Kitchens and Co we begin our design process by one to one communication with our client. We understand their needs and requirements; we understand their life style and their aesthetic preferences.
In order to design a kitchen properly, a clear understanding of what a kitchen is and what it contains is a key. Therefor we will begin identifying this basic understanding of a kitchen. For us in kitchens and co, we don’t look at the kitchen as a space where some cabinets and appliances are placed. It is rather a living space where the user experience is at its center. Hence we can define a kitchen from those three perspectives, kitchen as Function, as Objects, or as Experience.
The main functions of a kitchen are as follows; Cooking, Washing, storage, and Preparation. Without one of the preceding functions, the space cannot qualify as a kitchen. More functions however can be added to it such as dining or working for example.
For each of the above functions a corresponding object goes along with them, for example, for the cooking function a Hob and Oven are required. For the washing function a sink is required. For storage function, a fridge and cabinets/shelves are required. For the preparation function, a worktop and kitchenware are required.
Each of the above functions and their corresponding objects are what forms the conventional kitchen, yet the proper arrangement of these objects, the selection of material, shapes, dimensions and colors are what makes a living space. Which takes us to another perspective in the way we look at the kitchen; the visceral and behavioral way of looking at space and objects.
In order to arrange objects properly, you need to divide your objects in the following manner; Appliances, storage and working area, and accessories. As for the appliances, you will need to provide the proper landing area to each one of them. Especially, your Oven and Hob. Landing areas for all appliances, whether it was a Fridge, Oven, Microwave, or a Hob vary a lot, but you need to provide at least the minimum for each. Bearing in mind the direction in which the door fridge opens for example. You will also need to consider your movement in the kitchen, and how the circulation in your kitchen will be if more than one user is in the kitchen at the same time, in which you will need to differentiate between work aisles and walkways. Passages need to be clear and no less than 80 cm in width.
When it comes to aesthetics, decisions are made based on mostly subjective criteria, but a kitchen designer will always be able to understand your aesthetic preferences and achieve the style you wish to see in a comfortable and efficient way. In Kitchens and Co, we can provide a wide range of styles.we are introducing to the Egyptian market 6 different styles and their mixtures. From traditional and Victorian with their ornamentations and details, to the calm coherent classic and modern, to the visually comfortable minimal style, and lastly the ever changing contemporary style.