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Brief Published: 13 Apr 2015

Compact Kitchen by Ana Arana

Ana Arana

Gali, by Spanish design graduate Ana Arana, provides a compact, yet flexible kitchen space for smaller homes. Unlike conventional kitchens, the standalone design creates a practical cooking and dining space without the need to dedicate an entire room to this role.

The self-contained unit can be used from all angles, featuring storage on all four sides and essential items such as a sink and fridge. A fold-down dining surface and pull-out induction create a reduced design that is unobtrusive when not in use. This allows the unit to be placed outside the standard kitchen area, making it suitable for increasingly open-plan and multipurpose homes – a trend previously tracked in Modern Family: The Evolving Domestic Landscape.

Intended for the growing number of renters, who are frequently moving homes, the kitchen can be dismantled into four modules for easy transportation. Look to Design Democracy: Shift for more on designing for relocation.

Increasingly, kitchens are becoming an extension of the living space, leading to a shift away from the traditional kitchen. For more on how design is readdressing our changing lifestyles, see our Kitchen & Bathroom report from Milan Design Week 2014.