The last few decades has seen the modern kitchen evolve from a functional area to take centre stage in the home. The design experts at Fisher & Paykel have helped shape and champion this evolution.
1 January 2019
Text by Andrew McDonald
In the 21st century, the way we see the kitchen has changed and evolved. The modern kitchen has shifted, metaphorically and practically, in the home, posing interesting challenges and opportunities for architects, designers and design lovers. No longer the utilitarian space for preparing food, the kitchen has become a space to create, entertain and communicate social status.
In the houses of yesteryear, kitchens were traditionally located at the rear of the home – a separate space to be used by homemakers or home chefs. Over time though, this space has moved forward in home design, taking rightful spotlight as the creative heart of the home.
The Fisher & Paykel team understands and cares about the changing nature of the kitchen, giving rise to the modern kitchen of today. And rightly so, as it is one of the most human-centred appliance brands in the world, which has been at the forefront of this change since 1934. Through its research and development centres across the globe, Fisher & Paykel have helped shape the way we see the kitchen as the heart of the home.
Operating in 30 countries with over 3,000 staff, Fisher & Paykel’s design philosophy is one of a pioneering spirit and enthusiasm for making design better. The result is a product suite catered to the modern kitchen of all forms – from ultra-sleek, contemporary minimalist apartments to more homely traditional style kitchens.
For the modern kitchen, design has shifted to a philosophy of different allocated areas, in which specific tasks are grouped. Areas for preparation, washing, storage and baking fall into cooking zones, whereas entertaining or breakfast area might have its own zone.
For instance, Fisher & Paykel’s CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawer could be installed near the dining table to keep drinks chilled, in place of a refrigerator. A pair of DishDrawer™ Dishwasher can be placed by the sink and bar, for separating the cleaning of crockery and glasses.
By placing DishDrawer™ Dishwashers side-by-side in kitchen cabinets, rather than stacked above each other, you don’t have to bend down to use the lower drawer. The DishDrawer™ Dishwasher also allows cabinetry to float above the floor without a kick strip if preferred.
For Fisher & Paykel, this design concept of ‘distributed appliances’ allows you to configure the kitchen to suit the way you work and live.
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