The popular trend of open concept floor plans in contemporary homes has opened a whole new world of using kitchen furniture. The inspiration for the open concept floor plan evolved from society’s shift in a formal to a more casual living style. After World War II, many American families grew rapidly and needed space for burgeoning families to congregate. Previous home designs featured a central hallway artery leading to individual compartmentalized spaces including the kitchen which was completely closed off from other areas of the home.
The early open space plans created great rooms and large combined living and dining spaces that offered flexibility for the family for daily living and entertaining. The kitchen was still not part of the open concept at this time as it was seen as a utilitarian space. Even the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, included open living space plans in his design concepts but kept most of the kitchen areas separated. Keeping in mind that the earliest kitchens were completely separate due to various fire safety issues from open fires as well as odors from common kitchen activities such as smoking and curing of meats. The evolution from a completely separate structure to the kitchen being a part of a great room was slow, but steady moving from unadorned utility to finally in the 1970s, the kitchen became a more decorative and functional multipurpose space. At that point in time, the concept of kitchen furniture began taking shape.
Selecting kitchen furniture or designing custom furniture in a great room brings a different perspective. To enjoy an overall view of a breathtaking domestic landscape, key viewpoints must remain unobstructed. Functional furniture must be designed to accommodate minimal visual breaks. The view should encourage your eye to follow a nearly seamless line and perspective. The enjoyment and function of the kitchen furniture components are unbroken and use of cohesive materials become one with the space.
While the beauty of the furniture is vital, it must also serve its functional purpose. For example, cookbook storage should be ample in depth to enable easy access without cumbersome obstructions. Built-in storage should slide out, light up, and when needed, come to the workspace to facilitate its use while maintaining the desired modern aesthetic. Utensils, spices, cookware, and tableware should be purposefully stored with ergonomic and functional access above all. Materials and finishes should be applied appropriately to support function such as the use of stainless steel in a food preservation area or solid wood chopping block for preparation.
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What are your open concept kitchen challenges? Finding the perfect dining table that fits your space and family while making a statement that fits your great room’s design? Selecting the right bar stool to suit your dining and entertaining needs while complementing your living space’s style? Creating a kitchen floor plan with furniture that adds work-from-home functionality?
Whatever your challenges, your eggersmann designer can help you not only overcome them but exceed your expectations. Our custom dining tables, handcrafted chairs, barstools, and other seating, and bespoke upholstered sofas and seating are German-crafted and personalized to your specifications.
Call or drop in on your closest eggersmann German kitchen and home living solutions showroom to discuss how we can help you create the perfect great room for your home.