Form, function and fun come together in well-designed kitchens.
“I love my kitchen” is music to an architects ears, particularly after long hours of thoughtful planning and design time. To achieve this goal, we start by listening to the unique goals and objectives of each client. No where is this more important than in the kitchen - the hub of most homes today.
So we start with function and begin with lots of questions. How often do you cook? Do you entertain frequently, and for how many guests? What is your inventory of dishes, cookbooks, pots and pans? Gathering client-specific information is the first step of the design process. Coupled with experience and an exhaustive reservoir of the newest kitchen amenities, ideas start to percolate.
One such example can be seen in the Anderson kitchen (photo 1), where the two homeowners love to cook at the same time. The kitchen island was designed so the two “dualing chefs” could work together in unison. In the Ellis residence(photo 2), finding a workable solution to the change in grade from garage to kitchen was crucial. And in the McDermott kitchen (photo 3), having a permanent spot for flowers was a functional requirement of the client.
Function and form go hand in hand, and kitchen designs can and should reflect the personality of the owners. No where is this more evident than in one Country Club Plaza kitchen, home to a successful photographer with a keen eye for shape and light (photo 4). The glass-plate, shark-fin overhang helps define the gentle curve of the island below, and extends the shape of the adjoining sunlit sitting room. The fun factor is incorporated with the colorful display of the homeowner’s salt and pepper shaker collection.
Speaking of fun. For serious cooks - or for those families who practically live in the kitchen - having a playful element or two helps bring his very important room to life. The Nickells residence, located in the historic district of Rockhill, is a case in point. The home owners were accomplished musicians, classically trained pianists and lovers of all things musical. So designing the kitchen island in the shape of a baby grand seemed like a natural thing to do (photo 5). Elegant, practical, whimsical.
As you begin to dream about your own perfect kitchen, start with what you want to accomplish. The functional design will revolve around the wish list of things you need. Rely on RDM Architecture for the form --- and the fun. This collaboration between client and architect is what truly delivers “I love my kitchen” results.