Design Trend: Standalone kitchen furniture for urban homes

Versatile, utilitarian-chic kitchen units that resemble loose furniture are emerging, as the kitchen space within the modern home evolves.

  • Design Trend: Standalone kitchen furniture for urban homes

  • Design Trend: Standalone kitchen furniture for urban homes

  • Design Trend: Standalone kitchen furniture for urban homes

  • Design Trend: Standalone kitchen furniture for urban homes

Text by Louisa Clare Lim


How we perceive and use the kitchen space at home is dramatically different from how we used to do so. In fact, as mindsets and lifestyles constantly evolve, so do design trends, in keeping with changing times.

With the model of the contemporary living space for the young, busy urbanite in mind, kitchen manufacturers are coming up with standalone kitchen systems that look just like loose furniture – deviating from the made-to-measure, fitted kitchens that have been the norm.

These “kitchen furniture” designs are not only highly suitable for open-concept spaces, they can be personalised to suit different needs – neatly packaged in a form-meets-function aesthetic.



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#1 Siematic 29 sideboard / cabinet, from W. Atelier

With a sleek design, Siematic 29 from the Urban style collection by German brand Siematic is a freestanding unit that can be fitted with kitchen essentials. Available in different configurations, whether a sideboard with distinctive sloped side panels, or a cabinet with coordinated cabinet ensembles, it can house kitchen elements such as a sink, cooktop, oven, dishwasher and refrigerator.




#2 Sunnersta mini kitchen, from Ikea

Sunnersta is perfect for small cook spaces or kitchenettes where only light cooking is done. Its utilitarian, slim frame lets you integrate a mini-fridge, and attach hooks to hang tools and cookware. Combine with other Ikea basic pieces like open shelves to get more out of it.




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#3 Ego kitchen units, from Abimis

Italian brand Abimis believes in designing to adapt to the chef / user, and has come up with the Ego kitchen system that’s based on five phases – storing, preparing, cooking, serving and washing. The modular units are tailor-made to individual needs and tastes, from shape and size to the worktop, doors and also finishes.




#4 B2 kitchen workshop units, from Bulthaup

B2 by German kitchen brand Bulthaup is a unique combination of a kitchen workbench, kitchen tool cabinet and kitchen appliance cabinet. It’s been designed to be elemental and clear in its form, and rational and practical in its function. As a result, the user enjoys an abundance of freedom to move the freestanding units around, while maintaining an organised kitchen.


Other trends to know about:

Sleek geometry in contemporary homeware

Nature-inspired wallpaper



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