This opens up the design opportunity to accomplish three things:
- By utilizing series of vertical elements, we can conceptually break up that horizontal ranch-house aesthetic that usually occurs in kitchen architecture.
- It allows your daily line of sight to be inhabited by much more beautiful things – like a view or artwork – something much more appealing than the dumb blank stare of a wooden door.
- It gives the kitchen a “furnished” appearance and thereby makes it feels less like a sterile laboratory environment.
I also suggest seriously editing our kitchens. The furnished kitchen was always a warm, beckoning environment. It only became labored with yards of built-in storage when we started hauling our food processors and George Foreman grills into it. We don’t need every cookery gadget in the world at our ready fingertips. Keep what you daily need close at hand and delegate that “oh-so-necessary” pasta maker to a closet. After all, the less culinary clutter you have, the less storage you’ll need. The less burdened it is, the more elegant it will become.
Every good room need space to take a breath. The kitchen is no different.
Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley
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