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Disappearing Act: 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens

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Disappearing Act: 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens

August 4, 2017

It makes so much sense: kitchens hidden behind accordion doors, sliding doors, cabinet doors—anything it takes to keep the clutter out of sight when space is tight. Here are 14 we’ve been admiring recently.

Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens In a house in Porto transformed into studio apartments by Portuguese firm Fala Atelier, plywood cabinets conceal everything, including the compact kitchen.
Above: In a house in Porto transformed into studio apartments by Portuguese firm Fala Atelier, plywood cabinets conceal everything, including the compact kitchen.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens To conserve space (and hide clutter) in a \290 square foot apartment, sliding track doors conceal a sink, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, oven, and induction range when not in use. See Kitchen of the Week: A Shape Shifting Studio Apartment in London.
Above: To conserve space (and hide clutter) in a 290-square-foot apartment, sliding track doors conceal a sink, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, oven, and induction range when not in use. See Kitchen of the Week: A Shape-Shifting Studio Apartment in London.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens The same kitchen, neatly tucked away.
Above: The same kitchen, neatly tucked away.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens The Tivali Kitchen from Dada in Italy is tucked behind folding doors.
Above: The Tivali Kitchen from Dada in Italy is tucked behind folding doors.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens A small kitchen concealed behind slatted doors in a musician&#8\2\17;s apartment in Basel, Switzerland, designed by Buol & Zünd. Photograph by Michael Fritschi of Foto werk.
Above: A small kitchen concealed behind slatted doors in a musician’s apartment in Basel, Switzerland, designed by Buol & Zünd. Photograph by Michael Fritschi of Foto-werk.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens A minimalist kitchen in an apartment in Cadaqués, Spain, designed by Francesc Rifé Studio. Photograph courtesy of Francesc Rifé Studio.
Above: A minimalist kitchen in an apartment in Cadaqués, Spain, designed by Francesc Rifé Studio. Photograph courtesy of Francesc Rifé Studio.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens The Hidden Kitchen by German company Warendorf has an electronic panel that lifts at the push of a button.
Above: The Hidden Kitchen by German company Warendorf has an electronic panel that lifts at the push of a button.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens A kitchen tucked away in an Ikea unit at Masseria Alchimia in Puglia.
Above: A kitchen tucked away in an Ikea unit at Masseria Alchimia in Puglia.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens All appliances are concealed behind full length oak cabinet doors in this kitchen by Danish company Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri.
Above: All appliances are concealed behind full-length oak cabinet doors in this kitchen by Danish company Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens A concealed white kitchen by Boffi.
Above: A concealed white kitchen by Boffi.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens French architect Olivier Chabaud concealed an entire kitchen behind folding doors in this country house.
Above: French architect Olivier Chabaud concealed an entire kitchen behind folding doors in this country house.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens A small kitchen concealed behind folding doors in a project by Gray Organschi Architecture. Photograph by Mark Mahaney.
Above: A small kitchen concealed behind folding doors in a project by Gray Organschi Architecture. Photograph by Mark Mahaney.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens Pocket doors conceal shelving and small appliances in the Noe Valley kitchen of Robert Edmonds and Vivian Lee of Edmonds + Lee Architects.
Above: Pocket doors conceal shelving and small appliances in the Noe Valley kitchen of Robert Edmonds and Vivian Lee of Edmonds + Lee Architects.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens Concealed dining and storage: The Table Plus from UK based Magnet Kitchens folds against the wall when not in use. See also \14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen, Urban Edition.
Above: Concealed dining and storage: The Table Plus from UK-based Magnet Kitchens folds against the wall when not in use. See also 14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen, Urban Edition.
Disappearing Act 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens German kitchen line Bulthaup offers kitchens in cabinets: one conceals pantry goods; the other, appliances. See Good Küchen: 9 German Kitchen Systems.
Above: German kitchen line Bulthaup offers kitchens in cabinets: one conceals pantry goods; the other, appliances. See Good Küchen: 9 German Kitchen Systems.

For more inspiration, go to Kitchens and Small-Space Living. Getting ready to redo your kitchen? Read our Remodeling 101 posts.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 22, 2012, as part of our Small Living issue.

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