The American City Kitchen Disaster

The American City Kitchen Disaster

Posted by Lyn on 7/29/2015 in Design

City living means smaller homes. And the room which gets compromised the most is the kitchen.  We get that. The bedroom needs a certain amount of space as does the living area. The bathroom can only be squeezed so much. And so, kiss a decent kitchen goodbye.

But here’s the thing, American designers and appliance manufacturers haven’t really thought about how to best utilize the space in a postage sized kitchen. We take one look at the typical city kitchen and cringe. What an awful kitchen!

(Photography of Armenian Grandmother and kitchen.http://www.gabrielegalimberti.com/projects-2/delicatessen-with-love-2/#/)

In days gone by, Grandma was able to get fabulous meals out on the table for the family with the barest-of-bones kitchen. But times have changed so much. We have options not available to our grandmothers—restaurants and grocery store with meal service of various sorts. Therefore, if the kitchen doesn't work well, oh well, we don't cook.

Back to the topic—small American kitchens. The biggest issue is the appliances. They are all too large for the space. Remember, manufacturers, the kitchen needs countertop and storage space. Don’t be such a hog! The second issue is with the standard cabinets that are available in the USA. They, too, are designed for larger spaces where you have “throwaway inches”. You can’t afford that in the city.

In Europe the appliances are narrower. Three burner cooktops are the norm as are 24" wide refrigerators. If you don't have the smaller appliances to use, the kitchen will end up with no countertop and no storage—just appliances.

In Europe they really get it! Manufacturers there make both appliances and cabinets to utilize the space most efficiently. 

Where are you GE, Whirlpool, Dacor, Viking, Thermador, Sub Zero/Wolf? Got your head in the sand?

Come on Miele, Gaggenau, Bosch! Import what you already sell there. Let’s make American city kitchens great.

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