Distributed kitchen designs
In traditional kitchens, a single cook worked between the three stations of the stove, sink and refrigerator, which were arranged closely to give quick, easy access to each with minimal movement. However, Fisher & Paykel have observed how the ways we are using our kitchens have changed over time. These days, more than one cook might be working simultaneously, or the kitchen will double as a space for entertaining guests. People might want to heat up leftovers for dinner one day, or cook a gastronomic feast the next, so kitchens need to be flexible and do many things well.
In contrast to the purely functional, out-of-sight cooking areas of old, today’s kitchen is also on show to guests and family alike, so design aesthetics matter more. Thinking ‘outside the triangle’ has given our designers opportunities to innovate. After all, not one size fits all.
Fisher & Paykel has designed a family of appliances that can be distributed throughout the kitchen to support contemporary patterns of use. Good kitchen design allocates areas in which specific tasks are grouped. Areas for preparation, washing, storage and baking fall into cooking zones, where as an entertaining or breakfast area might have its own zone.
For example, you can install a CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawer for drinks near the dining table, and perhaps a DishDrawer™ Dishwasher for crockery by the sink, with another for glasses by the bar. This is a design concept called ‘distributed appliances’, allowing you to configure the kitchen to suit the way you work and live.