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The Next Trend for Minimal Interiors: Kitchens that Disappear

It’s not unusual to use cabinet doors to conceal ugly appliances like dishwashers, washing machines or refrigerators – these cover-ups are standard features of many modern kitchens. But what if you could use cabinets to hide your entire kitchen when it’s not in use?

Warendorf, a kitchen specialist from Germany, has created a disappearing kitchen which can fold away behind a cabinet, meaning your kitchen could be used as a multipurpose space.

An efficient grid layout and drawers without any handles or pulls mean that the kitchen can appear as a feature wall or simple panels – but when a button is pushed, the central section of the ‘wall’ folds upwards and tucks neatly away to reveal a spacious countertop with a sink and an induction hob, for all your culinary endeavours. The entire thing comes with integrated lighting and cantilevered wall shelves and racks, so you don’t miss out on storage space as a result. There’s also a hidden (we’re sensing a theme!) ventilation hood that filters out steam from the hob, preventing residual moisture when the kitchen unit is closed.

Under the countertop, there are a number of additional storage spaces, perfect for storing utensils, dinnerware, and other essentials. Any other additional appliances, such as a refrigerator or dishwasher, can be incorporated below the counter area – giving you all the elements of a traditional kitchen in a small space that folds away perfectly. Warendorf also offers a range of add-ons that can be purchased for an additional cost, including fixed knife blocks and spice racks, lined drawers and stackable inserts to make the absolute most of the space in the drawers and cabinets.

The exterior of the kitchen unit, which is what people will see when it’s folded away, is available in upwards of 300 different finishes – so you can choose exactly the look that you want. This also gives the kitchen amazing camouflage abilities – depending on the surface finish that you choose, the Warendorf unit can blend in with any space, whether it’s a kitchen within an office or commercial space, or a traditional residential kitchen in a small apartment.

Perfect for open-plan homes, small apartments a multitude of other spaces, this Warendorf unit could pave the way for more modular, hide-away kitchens in the future. Would you buy a kitchen you could pack away at the touch of a button?

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Alex Wright, Editor