The evolution of kitchen design- Exploring the development of kitchen spaces and its progression towards the future
School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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AbstractThis thesis explores the evolution of spatial design in kitchens and discusses the influencing factors associated with these developments. The aim of this work is to give an overview of the developments in domestic kitchen spaces to better understand where it originates, and what makes it relevant in today’s terms of interior architecture. The work concentrates on advancements occurring in Western society and follows a linear time frame in design history. The chosen research method is qualitative, as it is based on literature review, with the support of audio- and video media analysis for data collection. The results reveal a variety of findings related to kitchen spaces, which divide the thesis into three sequential sections. The first section will open the topic by investigating premodern kitchen spaces and their functions, while the second section examines how modernism changed the appearance and layout of kitchen spaces. The third section will elaborate on ways kitchen spaces have adapted to the current living situation and what could be the future scenarios related to home kitchens. It becomes eminent in the research that design principles and innovation are closely related to factors reflected in the occurring eras. For that reason, examining our contemporary kitchens and contemplating on future solutions, new sets of alternatives are rising that address factors like small living, climate change and collectivism, which all-in-all apply in how kitchens are used and designed nowadays.
Thesis advisorPirinen, Antti
kitchen design, design history, kitchen efficiency, feminism, modernism, the Frankfurt kitchen