Kitchens are one of the most important rooms of the house. They are frequently the center of activity and the launching point for everyone’s day. Over the past two decades, kitchens have evolved significantly and the role they play in family life has evolved with them. Frequently one of the most enjoyable rooms to design, kitchens are complex working spaces that shoulder more burdens than any other space in the house. While their main task is still the storage, preparation, and presentation of food, kitchens play an important role in how we live and – in our busy lives – how we spend time with our family.
I am really happy to share with everyone that I will be collaborating with Sub-Zero and Wolf over the next two years to introduce an ongoing series where I will focus on all things relating to the kitchen. I’ve talked about how important the kitchen is several times before and I was flattered that Sub-Zero and Wolf approached me to begin a dialogue about kitchen design. I should also give credit where it is due because the culture of sharing and dialogue with the readers like you goes a long way toward making this possible.
There will be a natural evolution to what gets discussed over the next two years, it’s my site and I can talk about whatever I want. Part of what I anticipate talking about over the coming months includes:
- The kitchen design process
- How kitchens are different around the world
- The evolution of the kitchen over the last 20 years
- Kitchen design trends
- The social kitchen
- A Chef’s Kitchen
- The kitchen’s role in various lifestyles
… and that’s just scratching the surface!
So what does this mean to you? Hopefully it means that we are going talk about things where everyone has an opinion. Engagement is important to me – I really do want to hear what you think. I want to know what you do in your own kitchen, patterns you’ve seen, experiences you’ve had. There is going to be an opportunity for everyone to get involved and I’ve convinced Sub-Zero and Wolf that this should be a very interesting process. They are going to be my partners in this journey and I am very excited about what the future holds.
Coinciding with this series on my site will be the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest, now in its 20th year. Sub-Zero and Wolf have granted me access to the judges (along with their expertise), access to various award-winning kitchens from around the world (wherever that might take me), access to chefs (I can find out what they think makes a good kitchen), and I’ll get to show you all the winning Kitchen Design Contest entries from all over the U.S. and the world.
How could I not be excited? If you’re a residential architect, certified kitchen designer, or just a fan of amazing kitchens, this should be a very exciting process for us all.
So what are you interested in? What do you want to hear? Just think of me as your kitchen research accomplice …
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have partnered with Sub-Zero and Wolf to provide my professional opinion about kitchen design and document its Kitchen Design Contest. While I am being compensated, I only recommend products or services I may use or will use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”