In terms of form and function, concept kitchens push the boundaries of design. They are often so far removed from what we are used to seeing, so are conceptual kitchens just an idea or is there something more to them? We find out in this blog post.
What are Conceptual Kitchens
Concept kitchens are an experimental model to test the viability of innovative design features. By testing new materials, layouts and functionality they push the boundaries of what is possible. This changes the way that we think of kitchens, not only about what is possible but also how we use them. Let us take a look at some innovative designs in more detail.
Mini Modular Kitchen
Although small, the tall and modular design of this kitchen is crammed with innovation. There are many modules which slide out when needed and can be tucked away when not in use. The design not only takes up less space but also uses fewer materials to create, which is great for the environment. The upper section is fitted with solar panels too making it even more eco-friendly.
One of the great things about the Mini Modular Kitchen is that it can be used from all sides. It incorporates a refrigerator, induction hob, microwave, sink, dishwasher, light, worktop, hood with an air purifier, table and even a small garden.
This kitchen might look alien, but there are ideas that you can apply in your own home. The first is space conservation. By carefully organising your appliances and utilising space in an efficient way you too can get more into your kitchen. The second aspect is environmental responsibility. With solar panels and fewer materials that have been used in a smart way, this kitchen’s carbon footprint has been reduced. You can read more about environmentally friendly kitchens in this blog post How to Create an Environmentally Friendly Kitchen.
The cylinder shape of the Clever Kitchen hints at its function. It rotates around a central axis revealing cupboards, appliances and worktop space as it does so. This eradicates your requirement to move, which is ideal for less able people.
Much like the Mini Modular Kitchen, this concept kitchen maximises practicality and reduces volume. Amazingly, there is a fully functional kitchen in only 19 square feet of floor space. It includes a dishwasher, hob, sink, fridge, microwave oven and plenty of storage. To access it, all you have to do is rotate it.
This is an unusual shape for a kitchen and it fits a vast amount in considering the small size. In addition to cupboards, there are open shelves and wine racks which are not only perfect for storage but for also proudly displaying you favourite items. One of the key takeaways with this kitchen is layout. When creating a kitchen consider which areas you use the most and their proximity to one another.
From a style perspective, this kitchen is brightly coloured and really pops against the perforated metal and white worktop. It is the mixture of materials, such as the stainless steel tap and laminate work surfaces which makes this kitchen feel contemporary and fresh.
The term concept is defined as an experimental model to test the viability of innovative design features. Yes, conceptual kitchens are an idea, they are not supposed to be replicated – at least not entirely. Their purpose is for us to pick and choose ideas that help us live efficient, stylish or environmentally responsible lives.
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