distributed kitchen. What if all our drawers could be appliances, each with a different function: one for washing, one for cooling and another set to pantry mode to keep dry foods at the desired temperature? With increased use of the kitchen as a social centre, design aesthetics have become more important. The kitchen is no longer hidden away. We demand better quality and better finishes. This means that we have to make sure that everything we design can be easily maintained and cleaned, and always looks good.Â The kitchen of just 20 years ago was a very different beast. The kitchen of today has an enormous amount of technology behind it and its components look more like furniture. They are designed for creative use rather than for tasks. The kitchen of today not only has to look good, it also has to make us look good. It has to fit into our increasingly complex, integrated and multi-faceted lifestyles. It has to be the place for storage and the place for preparationÂâ€“ from weekday convenience to weekend gourmet. It has to be the place to play with the kids, the home office, the place where we hold family meetings, the place in which we entertain. The kitchen is a fundamental member of the family.
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