The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, but more so than ever, it is a place we are using differently – whether that be for entertaining large groups, as an intimate family space, or as a multi-use area that incorporates the home office. And in smaller areas, the kitchen can be a space that folds away to become part of another room.
The central paradigm of kitchen design begins with the working triangle. “This is a concept that aims to create a synergy between the three most important areas of any kitchen,” Häfele’s Simon Lount says. “The three main spaces are the cooking zone, incorporating the oven, the fridge and pantry or consumables area, and the cleaning zone. Getting the synergy between these three areas right is vital to create a well functioning kitchen, and isn’t always the most obvious solution with the huge range of layouts we now see for kitchens from configurations with islands, long spaces or square.”
“Getting the distances right between the three areas to ensure accessibility is important, but you also need to consider how the kitchen will be used and how many people will use it at once to ensure there is enough space for one person to cook without cramping someone else who may be working at the same time,” Simon says.