An old-time “efficiency” kitchen couldn’t look hipper or more modern.
Anyone can make a huge kitchen look great. After all, you’ve got scale going for you. But when creating a workable kitchen in a truly tiny space, it’s hard to beat the look of this one, designed to literally disappear behind folding doors. Trouble is, it’s so stunning when the doors are open it seems a shame to close it off.
Years ago, this type of compact arrangement was labeled an “efficiency” kitchen — indeed apartments took the same label when there was no kitchen in a separate room. Today, they are called “summer” kitchens. I don’t know where that term originated but essentially it means there is no oven.
Designed by the Spanish firm, Logos, as the focal point in an open-plan apartment for a single woman, the kitchen is doubly minimal. Stylistically, surfaces are completely flat and reflective, appliances integral and the color effectively serves as surface decoration. A kitchen with lipstick red and juice orange cabinets is not for the timid. That type of bold color makes a strong statement and works very hard for its size.
Appliances include a paneled dishwasher, which works for entertaining. The stainless steel sink and electronic cooktop [top] conform to the minimalist aesthetic as does the built-in recirculating vent hood which is so low profile it can barely be spotted under the cabinet.
An undercounter refrigerator is also built-in behind a panel and located on the end — a standard placement. Despite its size, this is a formidable kitchen – one that’s memorable for its color, its quality and undeniable visual style.