German designer Moritz Putzier has created a multipurpose wooden kitchen table that can be used for both dining and cooking. The product reflects a move in kitchen design towards more flexible spaces that blend into home living environments, as seen at Milan Design Week 2014.
The Cooking Table is designed to be central to the living space, and reimagines food preparation as a social occasion. It is the same height as a standard kitchen worktop, making it comfortable to stand at while cooking. The solid oak top can be separated down the middle to reveal a hidden track where gas burners can be placed. This arrangement allows for more flexibility than conventional kitchens, as the burners can be placed where most appropriate, depending on the task at hand.
As family structures and lifestyles continue to shift, we're seeing an increase in adaptable products that are able to fulfil a variety of functions as the user's needs change. See Modern Family: The Evolving Domestic Landscape for further examples, or for a more specific look at how this is affecting family eating occasions, see the Future Family Dining report from our Modern Family Macro Trend.
Cooking Table will be shown at Biennale Interieur in Belgium from October 17-26.