We’ve reached a point in design where innovation is the foundation of everything. Designs that bring something new to the table, that impress is an ingenious and unexpected way or that invite us to rethink everything we knew about a certain thing by reinventing the basics are perceived as unique and worthy of appreciation. All these elements can be applied to interior design so today we’ll focus on kitchens and we’ll explore three extraordinary designs.
The Infinity Kitchen
All modern kitchens are characterized by simplicity, functionality and great aesthetics. None of them, however, can even be compared to the Infinity Kitchen. It’s not because it’s more functional but because it has something no other kitchen has: a completely transparent design.
The Infinity kitchen was designed by MVRDV, a company founded back in 1993 in Rotterdam which is driven by the desire to find solutions to contemporary issues using highly collaborative and research-based methods. The kitchen is displayed at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
To better understand the concept behind this unusual design strategy, we have to analyze the kitchen from the most basic and simple point of view and to realize that it is a space we all rely on daily and one that has an interesting artistic side.
When we’re cooking that’s not just a mechanical thing we do. It’s art and it’s always different and unique. A transparent kitchen strips away that cover that only lets us the final results and exposed the entire process and everything that’s going on inside.
The goal in this case was to reinvent the typical modern day modular kitchen in a way that allows the overall culinary experience to be improved. Inside and outside and Infinity kitchen everything is transparent. This includes the counter top, the storage compartments, the back panels, the containers, food preparation surfaces and even the garbage bins.
This unusual design allows the user to establish a stronger and more personal relationship with the ingredients involved in the cooking process, the utensils and even the appliances. Because everything is transparent, the only thing colorful and visible is the food.
The Ocean Kitchen
Having an aquarium in the kitchen is not exactly unheard of. It can be a lovely accent feature for the space that gives is a fresh and serene look while also making the décor stand out. Having an aquarium that doubles as a kitchen island, however, is a different story. Can you even imagine how such a thing would look like?
Dutch interior designer Robert Kolenik decided to make it all happen. Most of his designs take inspiration from nature and, as it turns out, they know how to be dramatic. The Ocean Kitchen is one of the most impressive creations of the designer and even in the world of furniture design.
The Ocean Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind creation. It’s also a limited edition design and a wonderful statement piece. It’s created using natural materials and sustainable methods which emphasizes it’s uniqueness and special relationship with nature and its beauty.
Although it may seem like the island is just a showy statement piece for luxurious and grandiose kitchens, that’s not exactly true. The island is surprisingly functional. The aquarium that makes up most of its design is L-shaped and conceals generous storage spaces as well as a sink and store top. The huge aquarium under the kitchen top can be accessed by the simple touch of a button which lifts the top and exposes the ecosystem beneath it.
The Invisible Kitchen
The design of the Invisible kitchen came as a response to the difficulty of blending two functions that are part of the same open floor plan. The transition between the kitchen and the living space becomes smoother and less noticeable thanks to the simplified structure of the Invisible kitchen.
Designed by i29 interior architects, the kitchen has at the base a very simple idea: the desire to scale down the design and to get rid of all unnecessary elements, leaving only the absolute necessities. The design includes a wall unit and a kitchen island.
All the water, cooling and electrical connections are embedded within the black island which has a surface that’s only two centimeters thick. It’s supported by two compact blocks which integrate all the hidden features.
The wall unit has large sliding doors and is white, in contrast with the island. Behind these sleek panels the user can find all the appliances and lots of storage. When shut, the doors provide a very clean look for the kitchen. The design overall may be very sleek and simple but is also very well organized and space-efficient.