Few things can be more annoying than living in a small place that has a tiny kitchen. Actually, a small kitchen isn’t necessarily an issue as long as it’s well organized, practical and user-friendly. Size, as a result, is not as important and the structure and features of a kitchen. The focus today is on small and compact kitchens and some design ideas that are actually pretty great no matter how big or small your home is. We could all find inspiration in these ideas.
German brand Stadtnomaden is the name behind the A la carte kitchen, a system that reinvents the traditional kitchen as we know it and breaks it down into a series of modules which can be organized and structured as desired, according to the size and layout of the available space. The flexibility and versatility of the design allows it to fit a variety of spaces and styles. What’s also interesting is the attention to details such as the fact that the grooves between the modules can double as storage or additional surfaces, maximizing the unit’s space-efficiency. Each module includes a working area, an upper shelf, a middle storage area and a lower shelf. The space in the middle can accommodate built-in appliances such as ovens or dishwashers.
What you see here is a kitchen workstation designed by Sebastien Cluzel. It’s called Culinary Landscape and it’s a piece meant to replace the traditional kitchen island or even the usual cabinetry. The design is simple and focused on the raw and organic beauty of the materials involved. The workstation is designed using a combination of wood and volcanic stone, the latter replacing the traditional stove. The sink is pretty interesting as well, being made of concrete. Other interesting features include built-in cutting boards, containers, knife holders and planters, all carefully integrated in the unit.
Now you see it, now you don’t. It’s a compact kitchen which you can hide whenever you want, disguising it as a sleek wall-mounted cabinet/ console. Its name is Miniki and its design is modular, clever and practical, specifically created for small spaces such as studio apartments that don’t usually have a separate kitchen. This design allows you to hide the kitchen after using it and to turn the space into a cozy living room. The unit consists of three interchangeable modules that, when put together, look like a sideboard. It comes in 15 different colors and a customizable interior.