Back in the day of early kitchen design it was all about the working triangle – where the sink, cooker and fridge formed a triangular configuration that was said to aid the flow of the room. Today’s lifestyles however demand more from these multifunctional rooms and the working triangle has evolved into what we now call ‘zoned kitchens’ that can accommodate all our needs in one space. From food preparation and cooking to dining, entertaining, relaxing and even working, the kitchen has to fulfill different functions, especially as we all have more appliances than ever and often entertain at home.


‘With the rise and rise of open-plan living, the demand for add-on furniture schemes for the kitchen area is on the increase,’ explains owner and kitchen designer Neil Lerner. ‘We have definitely noticed a trend towards extending the style of kitchen furniture to other areas, with things like sideboards, desks and TV units, which are for relaxing away from, but still close to, the main kitchen area.’ Simon Richmond, managing director at Poggenpohl UK, adds that one of the challenges for the kitchen designer is to find ways to make an open-plan space fully functional but easy to keep clean and tidy. ‘One option is to incorporate concealed areas,’ he explains, ‘such as a breakfast cupboard with toaster, coffee machine, cereals and breadboard, that can be hidden away behind pocket doors when not in use.’ 




Shown from top to bottom and left to right:

LAB13 kitchen, price on application, Aran Cucine

Sierra H Line, from £7,500, Masterclass Kitchens

Kitchen design from £30,000, Neil Lerner

Article by: Hayley Gilbert