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Brief Published: 4 Jun 2014

Invisible Kitchen by i29 Architects

Invisible Kitchen by i29 Architects

A key theme emerging at Milan Design Week earlier this year sees kitchens being integrated into living spaces as boundaries within the home diffuse. Adhering to this trend, Netherlands-based i29 Architects have designed a minimal kitchen that almost disappears into its surroundings.  

The simple, sleek design looks more like a large black table than a conventional kitchen. The surface is just a few centimetres deep, yet conceals the integrated water, cooking and electrical components required. 

Behind the oversized kitchen island, cabinets with sliding doors hide storage and appliances. The cabinet doors are moulded to replicate the walls of the Parisian apartment for a completely seamless look. 

Changing lifestyles mean kitchens are increasingly becoming the central hub of the home – a place for entertaining and relaxing, as well as cooking and eating, leading to a rethink of how a kitchen should look. This set-up is particularly appropriate for multi-gen or multiple occupancy homes, where living spaces are being used flexibly to accommodate dwellers’ needs. 

For more on how the design of the home is changing in response to shifts in family life, see The Evolving Domestic Landscape – part of our Modern Family Macro Trend.