Designer    Feature 01 Feb 2013

Now you see it, now you don’t: Warendorf introduce Hidden Kitchen Concept Design

The latest in ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ kitchens is from German manufacturer Warendorf…

Open-plan logic suggests that the kitchen needs to be able to keep a low profile when not in use, and yet be primed for a grand reveal when it is called into action. An eye-catching example was on show at Living Kitchen in Cologne last month when Warendorf unveiled its Hidden Kitchen concept design.

Already in receipt of an Interior Innovation Award from the German Design Council, the kitchen is the ultimate in conversation pieces. The kitchen run is concealed within bookend tall units and hidden behind large panels, only coming into view when needed.

At the touch of a button, the central section of the wall of units – across a length of five metres – opens up to reveal the working space with storage areas, shelving, extractor and integrated lighting.

Positioned around the flexible working area and integrated behind the fronts are storage units, pull-outs and electrical appliances, which continue to be accessible even when the central niche is closed.

The surface chosen for the Hidden Kitchen has a natural rust finish. It is made up of a special mixture of iron particles which is sprayed on by hand in the same way as a lacquer coating. The degree of oxidation of the rust finish can be finely altered so each front is unique.

Over a total length of seven metres, the rust on the imposing wall combination radiates earthy warmth but with a bold industrial accent, whether the kitchen is in the open or closed position.