T06 - Contemporary Kitchen Design for Professionals: A Design Workshop taught by a Chef/Professional Kitchen Designer

Thursday, April 5 from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM « Back

The Chef’s perspective fits beautifully into the idea of a well-functioning Contemporary Kitchen Design. A home cook’s view of the kitchen puts a priority on function but the aesthetics are also very important. This can create a challenge for the kitchen design professional when function comes first and aesthetics follow. At Dwell on design 2017, the first of this series Designing a Cook’s Kitchen: Best Practices from Celebrity Chefs & Design Professionals panel discussion focused on the two sides of the design process. Panelists included Celebrity Chefs (Nancy Silverton & Mary Sue Milliken) or as I prefer to see them ‘Super Home Cooks’ and Designers (Annie Chu FAIA and Tim Clarke) discussing the methodology and approach for residential kitchens. Several of the important takeaways from that session include the importance of workable counter space, the desire to cook over live wood fire and gas vs. electric cooktops, use of zones for kitchen layouts, expanding kitchens for entertaining and outdoor cooking and whether commercial equipment is necessary in the current home environment. This workshop will continue the dialogue for designers on how to best design a kitchen that functions for home cooks and their entertaining needs. The modern contemporary kitchen is not the same nor does it address the same issues or requirements of past historical kitchen design methodologies. We will give a brief overview of historical kitchen designs from the 20th Century (1926 Frankfurt Kitchen and 1950’s Mid Century Modern Kitchen). These case studies will outline the changing design models of those eras into a 21st Century model that incorporates the lifestyle changes of the last 50 years and the use of new contemporary modern technologies.

Credits: 1.0 IDCEC General Hour; 1.0 AIA LU

Education Tracks: American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Architects Interior Design Continuing Education Council Interior Design Continuing Education Council

Event Type: Conference Session > Session