European Kitchen Design

As an American designer, it is mandated that I have a sound understanding of what is popular design in other countries, with a special interest given to European and Asian influences. While many US designers have the skills to use international influences, rarely do clients ask for such looks. The Wall Street Journal has a great article that feaures specific designs asked of various European kitchen designers for a masterpiece showroom.

The kitchen has always been the center of activity. Ready to make it the centerpiece?

We asked three of Europe’s top design firms — Universal Design Studio in London, Matteo Thun & Partners in Milan and Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm — to spend €100,000 to create a stylish, functional and unique kitchen.

“Today’s kitchen is more expensive than the living room,” says Christian Witt-Dörring, the Viennese decorative-arts curator and cultural historian. “You used to sit and work in the kitchen. Today, you put the kitchen in the living room so you can be with your guests.”

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