How to design an invisible kitchen

Low-impact and perfect for streamlining open-plan living, could the invisible kitchen trend be the future of home design?

By Hugh Metcalf | 29 April 2020

The future of kitchen design is open-plan, multipurpose spaces that don’t look very much like kitchens. Take a look at how to create a functional, but low-impact scheme.

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Image: Kitchen design by Amanda Neilson Interiors and Sola Kitchens. Photo: Lucy Williams

The kitchen is one of the most functional rooms in your home and it can often show in the design, crowded with appliances and fixtures that are necessary for everyday cooking and beyond. However with the rise of open-plan living, a trend has developed in kitchen design for ‘invisible’ kitchens – those that hide away all the visual noise of the standard cooking space for a less cluttered look that doesn’t sacrifice on usability.

Create the look of freestanding furniture

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Image: Kitchen design by Amanda Neilson Interiors and Sola Kitchens. Photo: Lucy Williams

The traditional kitchen aesthetic is a fitted style, so for a way to de-signal your cooking space as a kitchen, creating the look of freestanding furniture can be effective.

This design by Sola Kitchens was created in a masserie (or farmhouse) in Puglia, Italy, which serves as a family’s holiday home. The designer created 3 kitchen hubs within separate cabinets – one for storage, one containing the sink and one holding the oven and hob top with integrated extraction.

Pocket doors

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Image: Designspace London 

A kitchen behind closed doors may sound good in theory, but it needs to be able to open up when required for ease of use. The answer: pocket doors. These are doors mounted onto the front which can slide and be stored away in pocket cavities at the side of each cabinet.