Inside space…The 3rd dimension?
Traditionally kitchens have been planned in two dimensional terms – height and length and how the kitchen will lookwhen and installed. Up to now not much thought has gone into what goes on inside the drawers or behind the doors…in other words the inside volume or third dimension of the kitchen has been left out of the planning.
The trend for creating zones in the kitchen is a logical step to create work flows and efficient ergonomics but should not impede the planning process by using zones as an inflexible template around which to plan.
Think of zones as the end result of the kitchen planning process, they will emerge as the kitchen is planned in conjunction with the customer who must add their personal input with regard to the way in which they want to see and use the kitchen and the results they’re looking for.
Effective storage and intelligent use of the inside volume of a kitchen is a key to all of this.
Therefore, the kitchen retailer should approach the way in which he or she sells each kitchen unit as they would any appliance. For instance a fridge would be sold to keep perishables cold, an oven to cook food and a dishwasher to clean dishes and cutlery. So why not approach kitchen cabinets in the same way – by function.
A functional cabinet would be, for example, a cabinet in which to store consumable items – maybe a larder unit, a cabinet for non-consumables like crockery, pots and pans, a unit for storing all cleaning items and materials and so on.
By approaching kitchen planning on this basis the zones will emerge, become self evident and generally even locate themselves into the logical planning of the kitchen like the cleaning unit being positioned under or next to the sink area, the pots and pans next to the hob and so on.
Blum has approached this on a scientific basis following extensive research. The result is Blum’s advanced Dynamic Space kitchen planning system which groups functional storage cabinets according to five zones of activity in a modern kitchen – Consumables; Non-consumables; Cleaning; Preparation; Cooking.
By the aspirant kitchen buyer working closely with their retailer and kitchen planner (and there are now many Dynamic Space accredited outlets around the country), they can achieve the undoubted advantages and ergonomic benefits of a truly well organised, three dimensional kitchen.