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Today’s Kitchens Are Smaller and Smarter

Posted on March 10, 2011 by meaton

Kitchens throughout the ages have changed with the technology and social norms of the day. Once relegated to the back of the house, kitchens are now front-and-center living spaces where the whole family can gather. In today’s kitchen, both technology and style are key elements, and an article in This Old House suggests there is also a trend toward smaller kitchens, which increase efficiency. These trends reflect our increasingly busy lifestyles and continued efforts to make food preparation easier and faster.

But while this combination of technology and efficiency may seem brand new, it is largely influenced by kitchen designs from decades past. For example, some of the first kitchen “work stations” came about in the 1920s with the evolution of the Hoosier cabinet, which included “metal-lined flour bins, cookbook holders, a calendar, a grocery list wheel, and a flour sifter—plus handy nutritional charts” to speed meal delivery. Today, Bulthaup has built on the Hoosier cabinet idea with its innovative B2 kitchen system, which is guided by efficient design.

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