Besides the talk on Dining Rooms at the Historic Houses Trust, I also attended the talk on Kitchens.
We all know the kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, it is also one of the rooms that will make or break the sale of the house. And we also know that the kitchen is the heart of the home.
The kitchen has changed so much throughout the ages. What was once a separate enclosed room with basic facilities located at the rear of the house, then moved to an enclosed room right next to the dining room and is now an open plan area full of all sorts of technology situated smack bang in the centre of the communal area of the home.
Our kitchens have become a performance space. I hadn’t thought about this aspect of cooking before. I thought the open plan was more so the cook can converse with the family and guests while throwing together the meal. But design historian Michael Bogle suggested that the island bench (which nearly everyone is putting in, if they don’t already have) is the stage where the cook can perform to the audience in the adjacent dining or living room.
Hannah Tribe was the second speaker and she pointed out that no longer is it only women in the kitchen. The focus is now on the interior of the home rather than the streetscape. There doesn’t seem to be the attention to detail on the outside with often modest exteriors opening up to opulent interiors.
The kitchen is a place of nostalgia and nurturing with many of us having fond memories of our childhood spent in the kitchen with Mum or fighting with our siblings over whose turn it was to dry the dishes (that had been hand washed by Mum!)
Therefore we are all creating designer kitchens with a focus on the values of the occupants on show for all our guests to see. Yet we still require the basics – tons of storage, easy to clean, lots of sunlight and effective appliances, in particular a good extractor and oven.
Tribe Studio Architects has just been awarded Designer of the Year at the Interior Design Excellence Awards. Congratulations Hannah and the team!