Philippe Starck Designs Tower Kitchen

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I recently asked: "Loose Fit" May Work For Jeans, But Does It Make Sense For Kitchens?, wondering if the trend towards separate elements would save space and add flexibility. Now Philippe Starck has entered the fray with his Tower Kitchen for Warendorf, where the dishes, cookware and most of the appliances are stored in towers that have doors on three sides, and rotate for accessibility. There is a small island for preparation.

It evidently leaves lots of room for the model in the photo to jackhammer big chunks of glass.

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Instead of a separate room, the kitchen is reduced to a couple of freestanding units floating in the space. Of course it is shown in a giant loft-like space on the manufacturer's website, but could it work in a smaller unit as well, in a Lifeedited size apartment?

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Conceptually, there are some advantages. If the kitchen isn't built in, then you can take it with you when you move like an armoire vs a closet, so you are not trapped with what the landlord installs. Depending on how much you cook, you design your kitchen according to your needs instead of assuming that one size fits all. Does this idea have legs?

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