Compact Kitchen Folds Up And Hides When Not Needed
Images credit Johanneke Procee
Almost every kitchen you see, no matter how big or how small, seems to have the same form, an upper cabinet a foot deep, a lower cabinet two feet deep, and a counter in the middle. Really, little has changed since Christine Frederick in 1910.
That's why Johanneke Procee's Keukenkabinet is so interesting; designed for small spaces, it hides the bulk of the kitchen away when you are not using it, freeing the space for other uses.
As increasing number of people move to the city, inner city living accommodation has got progressively smaller with even more studio apartments appearing on the market. In these confined living spaces, cooking and sleeping functions are often limited to the same room and it was this phenomenon that prompted Johanneke Procee to re-evaluate the role of furniture in these compact living spaces.
Johanneke was inspired by her travels in South America where she says they define the space of a kitchen differently. "The compact spaces inspired me to approach the different functions a single room house needs to have from an other perspective" Keukenkabinet is a project about opening a space at the moment one needs it. It's a link between two worlds. When the cabinet is closed, it's a piece of furniture that's a part of the living space. By opening the cabinet you literally create a new space, a compact kitchen.
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