As part of a wider global research and development project, Blum conducted an in depth study of how New Zealanders use and function within their kitchens. What the results showed was a clear change from the traditional notion of a kitchen, and in turn, those findings have inspired innovations in the sector.
“We looked at 10 New Zealand kitchens spread across the country from Northland to the bottom of the South Island,” Blum’s Sophie Beets says. “We found that compared to other countries, New Zealand kitchens have interesting commonalities such as higher placed overhead cabinets, bins at bench height and an array of free-standing appliances. We also found that, in general, New Zealand kitchens occupy some of the largest footprints in the world.”
The Need for Spacious Kitchens
Compared to the average kitchen size in China and India, for example, which is eight square metres, and in Europe where the average-sized kitchen covers around 10 square metres, New Zealand kitchens tend to occupy around 14.9 square metres.
“In terms of global scale, that means New Zealanders are designing some of the largest kitchens in the world,” Sophie says. “But as we deal with urbanisation and smaller houses overall, size and efficiencies will develop within kitchen architecture. Looking to the future we see the kitchen market changing to incorporate higher spec cabinetry and appliances but a reduction in the room’s footprint.