Parisian fitted kitchen
The mini-studio apartment in the Saint Germain de Près district of Paris is divided into three sections by two load-bearing walls: home office, living room and bedroom, and entrance hall with kitchen and bathroom. Architect Bertina Minel restructured the hall so that today it reaches maximum daylight and room for a small kitchenette. On the wall opposite the micro-kitchen there is even room for a small table and two chairs.
In another Parisian apartment with only 19 square meters on the ground floor had interior designer Elodie Cussonnier of Elc Deco somewhere to accommodate a cooking area. The small room corner just to the left of the entrance was ideal for setting up a galley kitchen. In the cover of the two-door base cabinet a space-saving round sink and a small hob are used. The wall cabinet holds plenty of storage space for food and accessories - even the microwave was in one of the subjects place.
Kitchen as a room divider
Often it is one-room apartments that do not have a separate kitchen. The difficulty then lies in separating functional areas - as in this miniature apartment. An installation wall here separates the sleeping area from the hallway and assigns the kitchen to the entrance area. The long, fully equipped kitchenette thus fulfills a useful function. The cooker hood is an important feature to keep vapors out of the room or even attract people from the stairwell.
Have a little more sophisticated Johannes Krohne and Bernhard Kurz von Ifub planned the kitchen as part of a room divider in the corridor area of a one-room apartment in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Axel Sporn von Holzgeschichten realized the multifunctional built-in furniture in avalanche wood. The kitchen unit, with its smooth white surface, retains its simplicity when entering the hallway.
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Installation along the corridor wall
If a corridor is not too narrow, it can be one kitchenette ideally be built up over the room length. In a niche like this she barely stands out. If there is none, it is recommended to draw the line over the entire wall length. This makes the corridor less oppressive.
Extensive handles were omitted, instead, tip-on fittings (recessed grips are just as suitable) used. They reduce the risk of impact in narrow corridors. The smooth white surface also seems to merge with the wall - the kitchens are by no means out of place.
Behind the simple cupboards in the hallway of a former London stable house, one would probably assume a wardrobe. Here, however, a color explosion in the form of a kitchen hides behind them. So that the doors do not stand in the way during use, they can be pushed into the cabinet sideways by a turning mechanism.
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Sizzling and frying under the steps
What does not fit all under a staircase: desk, wardrobe ... or even a kitchen. In this 28-square-meter small apartment, the architect Cyril Rheims has thought through every furniture concept well and made the biggest possible out of the mini-room. Under the stairs with adjoining sleeping area he found enough space for a kitchen with plenty of storage space and a large fridge. The burgundy color highlights them and their function from the white hallway.
Kitchen in a box
If a separate space for the kitchen is missing, simply a new one is created. In order to distinguish the kitchen from the entrance area, the optical demarcation is a useful tool. In the wide corridor of this apartment in Rome it was possible to install a small "box". The black steel frames are interspersed with windows and allow a wide field of vision. The hallway does not seem stubby despite the installation in L-shape.
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In a holiday home, the Italian architect Paolo Frello implemented a similar concept. Curved walls with a wide passageway are organically integrated into the entrance area and separate the kitchen. The space in the room is unobtrusive due to the open design and the white, smooth fronts - and thus fits the opposite living room, which was also kept open with a minimized use of partitions.
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