THE EVOLUTION OF KITCHEN DESIGN & PERFORMANCE

Jat SEA Kitchens

From a food station to the creative heart of a home, kitchen design has evolved into a central concern of modernism. Over the course of the past century, the applied art of living design that reflects cultural adaptations and reflections are influenced by timely intensive aesthetics and technological innovation. Kitchen design has evolved, but what largely drives the way kitchens change is how we use them. We no longer attempt to “hide” our food, or the preparation of it from guests. Not only do we now prepare meals in the kitchen, but we consume food, entertain, read, interact or just talk on the phone in the kitchen—transforming it to be an extension of our living rooms. How did this phenomenon arise?

Historically, designers did not place the kitchen at the forefront. However, after World War I, the concept of the modern kitchen, an interwar design concept embodying modernist principles of efficiency, hygiene and standardization, appeared in numerous iterations throughout Europe and the United States. The iconic Frankfurt Kitchen, designed by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, was mass-produced for public housing estates in the aftermath of World War I. “The New Dwelling sets for its occupants the task of rethinking everything afresh, organizing a new lifestyle, and of winning freedom from the irrelevant clutter of outmoded habits of thought and old-fashioned equipment” designer Margarete affirmed in 1927, a statement that remains timeless.

The American kitchen, prior to the 40s and Post WWII industrialization was a sign of wealth between eat-in kitchen and formal dining rooms. In the 1950s, kitchen space became a more social place where the family gathered. The earlier separated dining room and kitchen were now being connected, creating a larger family area. The accent was no longer put exclusively on functionality but also about design and appearance. During this period, the “open plan” layout became significant and considerably popular in the decades to come as well. This transitional period is beautifully hindered in the SEA Vintage collection where frames, ornaments, decorative strips and cornices combined with the latest finishes are an exuberant reminder of the history in the guise of modernity.

The ’80s and the ’90s are monumental in the history of the kitchen, as the phrase “the heart of the home” was established. Tasteful matching in terms of cabinets, flooring, and countertops became trendy, with warmer colours, oak cabinets, and wooden furniture making their way into the kitchen. Displays were especially popular during these years, with cookbook shelves, wine and pot racks, and pegboards allowing people to show off their accessories when not using them. The “open floor plan” was extremely popular, as it influenced more social gatherings within the kitchen, as well as allowing room for kitchen islands to become a staple. Appliances no longer appear in ivory only, but instead, show off white and black colouring until the emergence of the now perennial stainless steel at the end of the century. SEA Kitchen collection seamlessly complies with this esoteric of an island bench with a touch of modern aesthetic, where the space is accentuated into the centre of activity in the kitchen, whether it be where the laptop lives, where kids do homework while meals are prepared, or where friends gather around with a glass of wine during weekend dinner parties. We have inadvertently become more passionate about cooking. After the microwave age of the 1990s people started to spend less time in the kitchen, which however changed with the popularity of cooking shows that inspired people to reconnect with the joy of making food. But the fact remains that we still want to socialize as we prepare a meal. This concept of functionality and aestheticism is elegantly combined in each unique SEA Kitchen design. Clear form language, straight lines and focus on functionality and individual requirements are characteristics of a SEA Kitchen design.

‘A house is the machine of living’ said the renowned architect Le Corbusier. Hence, the kitchen is the heart, brain, and engine that keeps it alive and with a design legacy of over one hundred rupees, SEA Kitchen reflects this notion. SEA Kitchen integrates into the overall interior design through its highly customisable products, exclusive designs, and handpicked materials, while keeping the quality and longevity in mind. Living through the history of transformation in interior design and living space, SEA is dedicated to delivering innovative products, which harmonize perfectly into the overall design scheme.

Designing a kitchen today surpasses the mere idea of picking out the right appliances and cabinets. The multitude of decisions that must be made ranges from form—colours, materials, hardware, lighting—to function—counter height, drawers vs. shelves, and convection vs. traditional oven. To transform your kitchen into a living and breathing space, it is a necessity to amalgamate functionality with aesthetics, and elegance. A smart blend of functionality is now a key ingredient to create a bespoke modern kitchen which becomes a perfect style statement for your living space.

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4th July, 2019 Applied Art

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