Everyone knows that at any social occasion there s always a second better party happening in the kitchen That s where a small crowd gathers leaning against the fridge sitting on the counters the vibe is more relaxed more intimate Someone tells a joke while cutting up limes for cocktails Another person comes in looking for a glass and lingers getting drawn into the conversation that flows as organically and generously as the wine There s a reason why kitchens are said to be the heart of the home They are spaces that have an innate ability to bring people together and to invite warmth and comfort But how did a room that is at its core purely function al become such a space of connection and intimacy A huge part of it is obviously the fact that kitchens have always been associated with food and human beings tend to really like food It s a place where food is stored and prepared where tea is brewed ovens are heated and stomachs are filled But they weren t always these cozy bright welcoming places Up until the beginning of the 20th century they were often dark sooty and cramped and primarily a space of exclusion and isolation where servants ate and toiled and later where women spent their time But as social and cultural norms began to shift the kitchen started becoming not just a functional space but also an inclusive one fully integrated into the design of a home But increased urbanization in the early 20th century also led to apartments and kitchens becoming smaller as more families settled into cities Open kitchens meant no walls between the culinary and entertaining space and so the kitchen became a place to flex some serious design muscles with its furniture often leading the way in terms of style for the whole residence Domestic architecture was an innovative field with 20th century movements like Bauhaus exploring how to tease maximum functionality and aesthetic appeal out of a small space Famous designs such as the Frankfurt kitch en a forerunner of modern fitted kitchens used a unified design concept to maximize space usage and streamline the work flow And with increased attention being paid to kitchens the materials used needed to be as spot on as the design Tessa Pearson an expert on interiors decor and archi tecture and the author of the recent book Kitchen Living says The kitchen is the hub of the home and gets a huge amount of traffic so finding the right brands and suppliers is critical their wares need to be able to stand the test of time As the space became more inclusive kitchens now are also designed to be welcoming Instead of being an afterthought kitchens often become the star of a home remodel Top notch appliances are therefore just as important as high quality countertops or coordinated color schemes in creating a space that s as practical as it is welcom ing There is a growing global trend towards developing kitchen fixtures that take the guesswork out of cooking so you can focus on what you do best Pearson believes From electric cooking ranges to storage solutions that measure the freshness of produce to cut down on food waste designers brands and manufacturers have craft ed appliance ranges to help your kitchen run smoother and smarter via technology GROHE s aim is to create kitchens that are both beautiful and intuitively functional Incorporating the latest innova tions is just one of the ways that GROHE helps home own ers to design a kitchen that is equipped to their needs and lifestyle With the launch of the new SmartControl Kitchen faucet GROHE has designed a sleek kitchen faucet with pull out dual spray features and push valve technology that allows water flow and volume to be controlled with one hand or even just with a wrist or an arm And thanks to GROHE s Prep station concept which includes kitchen essentials like ergonomically designed stainless steel and composite sinks as well as a waste system that fits perfectly under the sink people spend less time washing up and more time on the things that matter whether that s baking cookies with the children or simply asking how was your day BEYOND WATER BATHROOM KITCHEN AND WATER STORIES 64 65 Master en 193x257 GROHE BW Magazine 1 2019 Content 150dpi 64 11 11 19 17 17

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