This working kitchen gives the dining area a big hug.
Wrapping a kitchen around a dining area is an idea we discussed in our post on Big Kitchen Banquettes. We haven’t seen this before and we feel it’s significant because it also suggests a modern way to redefine two key spaces in the house. Usually, when a family-size dining table is absorbed by the kitchen it occupies one end of a huge room where they coexist — a second approach in the Big Kitchen Banquettes post. Allison’s slideshow post on Dine in Kitchens showed big tables in the center of kitchens. In either case, the kitchen dominates.
The hybrid idea — in Deulonder Design’s Barcelona showroom — has a two-in-one floor plan. By way of a glass partition, the dining area is located in the heart of the working kitchen with a banquette to conserve space. The overview [top] shows the table placement where an island would usually be in other kitchens. As a result, the working part of kitchen is L-shaped — the main prep area on the window wall has white cabinets and the pantry and storage leg of the L has black shelving with white accents. In the current contemporary style there is open storage and hutches but no upper wall cabinets.
Still, this is one room with exterior light and the range hood (with the clock on the front) set between the two large windows. When facing the range, the main sink and refrigerator are at the left end. At the end of the kitchen aisle in the direction of the pantry leg there are open shelves. Showroom kitchens tend to be heavily propped to provide idealized suggestions for function. In this case, that is outweighed by many unique layout and in-cabinet features.
Spend a few minutes taking a walk around this modern black-and-white kitchen with me and enjoy all the details via the slideshow below!
(Source: el mueble)