Over time, the kitchen has evolved in tune with the changing social dynamics and demographics of
the home. We've seen the rise of multi-generational living, the decline of the nuclear
a predominant structure, empty nesters ageing in place and a burgeoning “boomerang generation”
contributing to nests more full than empty. Naturally, along with such demographic shifts we are
seeing the ways we eat, shop, cook and even wash up changing too, which, in turn has influenced
the ways we design, plan and assign functions to the spaces in our homes.
At different times of the day, the kitchen can be part office, school or café, changing with the
clock to accommodate a broad range of uses alongside the traditional role of food preparation.
As a consequence, there has been increased interest in new approaches to spatial planning and
The products we design for these spaces have evolved too. Cooking, cooling and cleaning
solutions, inspired by human insight, can inspire new behaviours and allow new layouts and
While many cooks can whip up a delicious meal in any kitchen, the organisation of the
best kitchens is based on household characteristics and patterns of use. Design
freedom is based on the insight that everyone has their own way of doing things.
Some people move from space to space, cleaning up afterwards; others clean as they
go. Appliance distribution enables a personalised spatial solution that includes the
creation of interlinked cooking, cooling and cleaning zones where they are most
needed and most accessible.
Zones do more than make the best use of space, they enhance the way we use the kitchen.
Appliances precisely crafted to human-scale measurements and movements allow us to create
functional zones, extending the possibilities of the work triangle. However, while the work
triangle creates a clear path between stove, sink and storage, it's a concept based on one
person's experience of the kitchen and focused on efficiency.
Today the kitchen has been democratised. Cooking is often a collaborative act. Through
overlapping cooking, cooling and cleaning zones, we can establish a more nuanced, collective
experience of the kitchen.
Cleaning zones, based around configurations of the DishDrawer™ Dishwasher, have
given rise to new kitchen planning possibilities. A contemporary configuration
favoured by architects and designers is the placement of single DishDrawer™
Dishwashers at counter height, either side of the sink, adjacent to storage for
streamlined flow of dishes. Configured at this most-ergonomic height – waist
level, where our hands naturally rest – the need to bend down to load or
unload dishes or add detergent is diminished.
In many homes, running the dishwasher is a morning or evening event. The capacity
and energy efficiency of the DishDrawer™ Dishwasher changes that. Breakfast dishes
can be done at breakfast time. Like-with-like wash cycles of glassware, pots and
pans, or bakeware are easily coordinated. A dinner party's place settings can be
taken care of incrementally throughout the evening – rather than all at once at the
end of the night. A deeper format DishDrawer™ Dishwasher has been designed to
accommodate larger place setting.
DishDrawer™ Dishwashers can also be distributed to wherever a cleaning solution
needed: near wine cabinets, a coffee machine, in the scullery, on opposite sides of
an island, near sink and storage, enabling family members to clean up together
without stepping on each other's toes.
We believe appliance distribution should be motivated by movement scenarios within the kitchen.
Planning should define the distribution of products around lifestyle. How do you use the
kitchen? Where do you make your morning coffee? Eat your toast? Do you like guests to be in the
kitchen while you're cooking? If so, where should they sit? What do you like to cook and
many hands make light work? Or is cooking and cleaning a singular event? Does the kitchen flow
into the rest of the house? And can spatial zones improve the overall experience?
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