Functional or minimalist, imposing or discreet, the kitchens adapt to our daily lives of city dwellers and the different surfaces of our houses and apartments.1. The choice of the island in the kitchen
Place of creation and recreation, the kitchen island becomes the lung of the house. It brings together family as well as friends, all welcome.
At the "Interior 2012" show, which took place last October in Kortrijk, Belgium, the trend was to return to the functional kitchen. The one where you win by manipulating blender and other mixer. The one where one exposes oneself also, by putting itself in scene under the look of his family, his relatives, his friends. And for good reason: preparing meals would be a source of pleasure and fulfillment for 94% of French, according to a study by the Gifam (group of interprofessional manufacturers of household appliances).
In other words: finished the kitchen laborious. To concoct small dishes is now a pleasure and not a constraint. The kitchen becomes a place of expression and exchange. Hence the multiplication of island models. "It's a hang-point, you can turn around, you can cook like a chef, with your family or your friends around you," says Cyril Leperck, director of Bulthaup France. This is the end of the offices relegated to the back of the apartment and the return of the kitchen equipped, space of freedom to create, to invent, to test, to taste, to share.
The kitchen copies the living room
The cooking workshop "b2", proposed at Bulthaup, reflects this need of frankness of the usual codes of the space dedicated to the preparation of the meals. Boffi's same concern for efficiency, purity and elegance, with the "Aprile" range, designed by Piero Lissoni, or the "K20" model, all in Corian, designed by designer Norbert Wangen. The kitchen looks like living room. Moreover Dada designed the island called "Set" in the image of a library that would not mismatch near armchairs or sofas.
For their part Arthur Bonnet, Hygena, Lapeyre or Mobalpa also rely on the island.Even if they are more traditional in their approaches, they assume that the person who prepares the kitchen now opens to the other . Barn, for its part, dares the curves. The "Night & Day" collection offers, indeed, a circular island that upsets habits. Equally atypical: the "Equinox" kitchen by Perene, designed by David Guillermet, who made the curve the line of a worktop that is both chic and ergonomic.2. A hidden kitchen in the closet
The kitchen plays the invisible behind doors, in blocks or other cubes. Ideal for a small area or energize a living room.
Neither seen nor known. Sink, hob, oven, fridge, robots disappear. They blend in with the decor. Unless it's a decorative effect. "Both," say the kitchen experts. Today, the kitchen hidden in a closet or behind sliding doors is claimed by both small-area residents and by design enthusiasts and places refined to the extreme. The kitchen is then ultra-functional, while creating the surprise when its doors open. A unique experience that inspires architects, designers and kitchen designers alike.
The kitchen "Tivali" Dada, for example, is like an operational monobloc locked in a cabin modeled on the spirit of a dressing. Designed by Dante Bonuccelli, its doors fold on the side and the interior layout allows you to wash, prepare and cook food. Just as well thought, the retractable doors that Perene offers to hide utensils, dishes or other work plan. As for Lapeyre, his "Zen" kitchen plays hide-and-seek behind sliding panels: once closed, the room can become a living room, an office, a bedroom, or even all three at once.
Block in stock
At Boffi, the kitchen disappears not in a closet, but rather in a block. The "K2" model, which was designed by Norbert Wangen, unfolds and reveals a sliding worktop that hides a four-burner hob, a sink, storage and other units for refrigerator, dishwasher, oven . A technical and aesthetic feat that comes in three dimensions: the "K4" being the smallest and not exceeding 159 cm in length once closed. "This kitchenette is suitable for a studio or a pied-à-terre, because this piece of furniture does not have the identity of a kitchen when it is closed", comments Philippe Gilman, director of the Boffi Kitchens showroom in Paris .
Add to this that the idea of moving "with his block" seduced the most nomadic profiles. At the same time, this funny block also arouses the interest of some hedonists, delighted to have atypical cuisine, offbeat, far from codes and fashions. "In general, they are not people who cook a lot," Philippe Gilman admits. Same scenario with the "Minikitchen" designed in 1963 by Joe Colombo and reissued by Boffi: this monobloc kitchen of a cubic meter is equipped with wheels and combines hob, minifrigo, storage, worktop and outlets. We can walk everywhere. There is even an outdoor version.
The end of the handles
"We can not see anything anymore". It is Cyril Leperck who says it. The director of Bulthaup France evokes, indeed, cabinet systems "to hide ovens and refrigerators". Operation camouflage successful. And especially since soon we will not even see the handles of these smart storage. "We're still in the prototype stage," says Bulthaup's boss. But the most curious have an appointment at the next Furniture Fair in Milan, from 9 to 14 April 2013, to test this novelty.3. Maxi in the mini
From the student's studio to the first apartment, solutions exist to optimize his space and feel like a chef in his kitchen.
Everything is possible, ensures Maximilian Mérimée. Even to create a functional kitchen of quality in a maid room. "The manager of three Bulthaup showrooms in Paris suggests" to open the walls, to give space "or" to work on horizontality and thus limit high furniture "At Ikea, we also take the game of tailor-made.A professional moves to your home, analyzes your request and makes proposals.One hour service, billed 149 euros. of a kitchen is not trivial, observes Evelyne Dumas, head of kitchen sales at Ikea France. This is an important piece of the house. "So it's better to take your time, think, especially for a student studio or a first apartment because, here, you have to be clever and know how to combine functionality, space and aesthetics. .
Adapt to small areas
For the student, Ikea imagined the "Udden" model. "It's a solitary, independent kitchen," says Evelyne Dumas. Understand that it is easy to install, simple in its design and layout, practical, basic, in short perfect for a beginning of life solo between metro, bistros, college and friends' parties. Same profile with "Attityd", another model signed Ikea, which can even blend in the office. As for the kitchen "Härlig", it slips willingly under a mezzanine.
Dartya also hung on the ideal kitchen of the first apartment. Models "Albana" or "Amandine", for example, play the discretion, the mat, while being provided with many storage tips. Hygena, for its part, does not forget the constraints related to a sloped ceiling. His "Fantasy" kitchen, for example, was designed to adapt to small surfaces, even the most quirky.
Evolve with his kitchen
In Paris, gaining space is often a priority in low-cost student or youth housing. So even Franke, the manufacturer of stainless steel sinks, offers solutions "Young habitats" .Car in areas of less than 25 m2, everything needs to be optimized. Until the sink and its faucet. Knowing that the ideal remains, of course, the evolutionary kitchen. The one that will be able to grow as and when professional progress and possible changes in his personal life. "Developing your space," explains Évelyne Dumas, "is a reflection in time: the more we move forward in life, the more we want a larger, more spacious kitchen with more storage space". This is possible with models sold at most kitchen designers. The principle is to preserve the basic structure and to complete it. So some will coexist for many years with their first kitchen which, like them, will have grown.