Whether you are a design professional or an educated homeowner you’ve probably heard the term “kitchen work triangle”. In fact it’s probably one of the first things you learn when endeavoring to create a new kitchen. Who thought this up? It is actually the result of a study made at the University of Illinois in the 1950s! If you’re wondering if it could be outdated, just think of how much kitchens have changed since then in terms of products, appliances and how we use them.
If you’re a Mid Century product of Florida, like me, you probably grew up in what’s fondly known as a “ranch style house”. Our friends over at Wikipedia define the ranch abode as “ a domestic architectural style originating in the United States. The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style.”
In addition to the above, the Florida ranch house usually came in pastel colors with what we call a “Florida room”. Read more
Granted I’m biased, but I have to say that Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen is the most engaging exhibit I have had the pleasure of attending. It opened at the Museum of Modern Art September 15th and closes on March 11th. The thing about this show is that we can all identify and connect with the topic of kitchens. They are an integral part of how we live but we seldom give thought to exactly how they came about. You can find just about all there is to know right here. Read more
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As I explore and research the concept of the intuitive kitchen for my new book I find myself wanting to start from the very beginning. What were the first kitchens like and how did they evolve? The obvious answer is that they developed to better suit the needs and lifestyles of our ancestors. The first kitchens consisted of only one essential element which is fire. When that fire was located indoors the first kitchen was born. These fires were not only used to cook but to heat the home, or at least main living area. It was truly the warm heart of the home. As cultures advanced and segments of it became more affluent, kitchens were located away from the main living areas to keep smoke and cooking odors at bay and to keep the help out of sight! (I would have thought “help” would be a sight for sore eyes!) I remember touring a southern plantation which housed a free standing kitchen. The guide explained that the threat of fire also motivated building a separate structure for the kitchen. Should it burn down, hopefully, it would not take the main house with it.
|The hand pump was used in the US even in the 1940s!|
The second essential element to come into the kitchen was, of course, water. At first manual pumps brought water indoors not to be followed by modern plumbing until the late19th century. Why is this important to my kitchen today, you ask? The reason is because this brings us back to the most basic essentials, your cooking appliances, sink and faucet.
This sink and faucet combo is by Kohler and the modern day hearth features a Viking range. These represent state-of-the-art “basics” and a good place to begin planning your kitchen. If state-of-the-art is not in your budget, no worries, today’s competitive market offers many beautiful, quality products at more consumer friendly price points. Just make sure to do the research, especially when purchasing on line. Check warranty policies and never hesitate to contact a kitchen professional before you spend any amount of money. A simple consultation could be your best investment. Next post- The First Modern Kitchen