In his book Slim by Design, Dr. Brian Wansink writes:
When food’s out of sight, it’s out of mind....We find over and over that the most visible foods are the ones you eat first and eat most. The best thing you can do is not to have food sitting out in the kitchen, unless it rhymes with roots and wedgies. This isn’t always as easy as clearing cereal boxes and cookie packages off the counter. If you have open shelves, use them to display anything but food. If you have clear cupboards, make sure you put the dishware there and put the Chips Ahoy! behind closed doors, as Charlie Rich would have suggested. The tasty stuff that’s visible is what you most overeat.
I wonder what Dr. Wansink would say about the Infinity Kitchen shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale, designed by Dutch architects MVRDV. It's totally transparent, but there are no Chips Ahoy! in sight. I think they might be hard to find in Venice.
MVRDV's Winy Maas tells Designboom:
As well as celebrating food and meal preparation, the scheme seeks to raise awareness of events that take place inside the kitchen; examining how much food we store, how much waste we create, and how clean our kitchen surfaces really are. ‘If we imagine everything is transparent clear and clean, doesn’t it mean that the only thing that is colorful and visible is our food,’ says MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. ‘doesn’t it then imply that we are encouraged to love the food, in that way, and that maybe it even becomes more healthy, if not sexy?’
Perhaps. But I am not certain that everything in our kitchen cabinets is healthy and sexy (although the designers suggest that "the all-glass cookspace hopes to develop better eating habits"- maybe people wouldn't buy Chips Ahoy! if they couldn't hide them). And an all glass kitchen would certainly encourage one to be neat, tidy and minimalist. Lots more images at Designboom.
MVRDV is not the first to do an all-glass kitchen; Valcucine has been doing it for years. They explained that it was sleek, green, and extremely durable, built to last for generations. The only difference appears to be that they used coloured glass for the counter and the drawers. It remains the loveliest kitchen I have ever seen; I wonder if they will now bring out a totally transparent version.