Kitchens have evolved a lot. While browsing a model home book that I recently purchased from a reprint editor – bungalow house designs in the 1940s – I've been hit by some of the 'dots' of sale "offered by the author. For example "we took care to align the bathrooms on the floor above the kitchen, so if there is overflow leaks, it will be in an unimportant room. " YOU CAN REPEAT? IT PLEASED YOU! As times have changed.
This gives us an idea of what a kitchen was like. Today, if I had to "line up" a leaky bathroom and an "unimportant" room, it would be my garage. This explains a few things; like what they thought when they built the kitchen cabinets from the wood on site, but the through doors were built in a door store by expert carpenters. And why do you rarely see a wardrobe from that era that was anything but a paint quality wood. You would see beautiful libraries in the living room – obviously an important piece – but not in the kitchen.
As it is clearly an unacceptable view of what is cooking today, it is worth considering this design philosophy today. and to do this I would like to imagine a few things.
Let's imagine you're looking for a good dining room set. You go to the furniture store that sells a beautiful line, say Drexel Heritage, or Ethan Allen. When you walk in the door, the very first room set has a row of cabinets, laminate tops and a row of wall cabinets. The wood is natural maple and has a raised panel door. You think to yourself, "strange that they would put their kitchen employees at the front of the store," but you keep going. The next set is some tall pantry cabinets and an upper / lower set with a granite top and suddenly it hits you; This is not a piece of furniture. You turn and leave. I just described almost everything you will see at Home Depot, Lowe's and most kitchen showrooms. This is not a piece of furniture.
So, what makes "furniture"? That's the design. It's a proportion. There is a reason why you can not get most furniture in any size you want, it's because it's designed, and if you change the dimensions, you change the design. In addition, there are some furniture "elements" like; shoots of legs, feet, valances, hooks and glass doors. These are very important and usually add a cost to your project, but in the hands of an unqualified designer, they do not make fun of a furniture design look. If you need proof of this, go back to Home Depot and see for yourself, is it still a piece of furniture?
As the design of the kitchen becomes more sophisticated and cabinet manufacturers do the same, it becomes less acceptable to fill a kitchen with building materials and it is expected that these materials are designed and the end result that your kitchen is now an important piece, and this is accomplished by making a "kitchen furniture" by design.