Monday, April 30, 2012

Architect Zaha Hadid, project Z-island

This multi-sensorial kitchen, Z-island, by architect Zaha Hadid is an astonishing leap in design and use of materials, project created in collaboration with Ernestomeda (manufacturer) and DuPont. Corian® was used for its exceptional malleability, perfect for meeting the creative requirements of an architect renowned for the complexity of her designs.
In this project, the use of DuPont material was extend beyond traditional sink and benchtop ‘to the entire kitchen structure (split into two blocks, which are at the same time functional, compact, and sleek) and an extensive modular range of cupboards and panelling. The surface is translucent, smooth, and fluid, and is as pleasant to look at as it is to touch’ (zisland, n.d.).

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I have been two nights ago to a new client living in a lovely area, lovely house. He had a kitchen built 21 ago by Smith and Smith Cabinet Makers of Melbourne. We usually replace kitchen 15 years old or less, as they start to fall apart. I couldn't believe  this kitchen looked in a perfect condition after so many years!. I could see how high  quality of craftsmanship can make a difference on a long run. The owner replaced the kitchen only because he wanted a new style, otherwise the old kitchen could go even further! I guess that is  a big congratulation to Smith and Smith Cabinet Makers!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

We started from here!

The development of the kitchen has been intricately and intrinsically linked with the development of the cooking range or stove. Until the 18th century, open fire was the sole means of heating food, and the architecture of the kitchen reflected this. When technical advances brought new ways to heat food in the 18th and 19th centuries, architects took advantage of newly-gained flexibility to bring fundamental changes to the kitchen. Water on tap only became gradually available during industrialization; before, water had to be collected from the nearest well and heated in the kitchen.

Roman kitchen

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Kitchen as place and design process is as complex as any other part of our life. I know things should be kept simple, but in order to do that, we first have to unfold the complexity of the situation, draw the essential idea, and apply it further creatively.
The thing that fascinates me the most is to see clients wanting their new kitchen to fit not only family needs and lifestyle but account for friends’ and relatives’ gatherings for celebrations: ‘So here is where we put the platters, the drinks are there, and the children can have a snack in here! And we need the kitchen by August for our daughter’s sixteenth birthday!’
Each partner sees the kitchen from different perspective, and sometimes there is a bit of controversy between partners. You can then see how strong the relationship is or how good the communication is between them. One would say, ‘I want an island and also to keep this chopping block in the same position as in the old kitchen.’
The partner would say, ‘Why do you want that old chopping block in a new kitchen? I want a beer fridge instead.’
The answer is ‘It is my kitchen. I cook every day, and I thought of this for so long.’ In the second meeting with these clients, the island is kept, the chopping block is replaced with a wine fridge, and everybody is pleased.

Renovation of the kitchen is an occasion for reinforcing one’s happiness. A lovely couple in their sixties asked to completely change their old kitchen into a contemporary style: gloss flat door, Caesar stone, long handles, symmetry, light under cabinets, pull-outs, and under-mounted sink. All the latest gadgets! They said, ‘We have this kitchen since we build the house twenty-five years ago. We couldn’t renovate it sooner as we had to upbring our children and support them throughout schools. Now they are grown-ups with their own families and homes, so it is time for us for a change.’ The thing that impressed me the most with this couple is that they wanted to change everything in the room apart from a table attached to the kitchen bench. They wanted a new one but in the same size as the old one. They said, ‘We both sit here every morning and read our newspapers and chat and laugh. In the evening, we sit here for a tea and watch TV. We do this for the last fifteen years, and we want to keep doing it.’

Kitchen can sometimes be the flagship of a change long time awaited for. Another lovely elderly couple living in a castle-like mansion wanted to completely modernize the ground floor including the kitchen. Instead of dark timbers, earthy tiles, and Spanish whites like the colour scheme of the house the lady wanted a white gloss kitchen, light tiles, and red glass splashback! She said, ‘I am sick and tired of these dark tones. I lived with them for twenty years. Time for a change!’ The ground floor became light, optimistic, uplifting as oppose to the rest of the house still heavy, and dark. The owners needed a spark of excitement in their life!

I can see kitchen as an overlapping of diagrams generated by different activities and persons. Just by imagining everybody’s foot steps, you can draw some amazing maps of kitchen use. The mom will spend most of the time between sink, cooktop, pantry, and fridge. The boy will wander between fridge, microwave, and breakfast bar. Dad will swing between coffee machine, fridge, and corner of the peninsula, by the phone. The dog will follow anyone and any smell of food, and the cat, well the cat, has no walking pattern!"

Fragment from the book: "Kitchen Designer-Your Dream Job!" by Valentin Tinc

Monday, April 23, 2012

"This is a large industry with huge turnovers and very good profits.

By early 1990, British kitchen renovation market reached the billion pound mark. The general trend is that the interest in kitchen renovation is steady, despite market fluctuations. Old houses need kitchens replaced; new houses need kitchens from start.

According to figures released by the Construction Forecasting Council, with the Housing Industry Association (HIA) last year (2011), one will see $35 billion spent in home improvements across Australia, announcing that a large portion of that amount would be allocated to kitchen renovation.
HIA figures reported that more than 1.2 million kitchen installations and renovations occurred in the 2009–2010 financial year alone, and this figure went up in 2011 as kitchen is considered the most common and most effective, value-adding domestic remodeling project.

A large Australian company produces around 1,800 kitchens a year! That is, almost five kitchens a day! If a median price for a kitchen can cost $10,000, the total gross sale per annum is $18,000,000. Designers commission is $1,800,000. Being a designer for such a company would keep you on toes and get you some nice commissions. Interested?"

Fragment from:"Kitchen Designer-Your Dream Job!"by Valentin Tinc

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"Kitchen is a fascinating place, somewhere between ‘heart of the home’ and ‘meal machine,’ and it has a great significance in every culture and historical period (Freeman 2004). The kitchen changed location and size from courtyard to the back of the house and eventually to the middle of our contemporary living. It evolved greatly in time due to social transformations, technical achievements, and lifestyle. There is a significant amount of literature dedicated to kitchen evolution, analysing this great place, from cabinet construction to the poetry of handling fire, water, and food. This book will focus on the latest addition to the kitchen history: the kitchen designer and how you can embrace this profession."

Fragment from the book:Kitchen Designer-Your Dream Job" by Valentin Tinc