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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.

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.
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.
The same kitchen, neatly tucked away.
Above: The same kitchen, neatly tucked away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A concealed white kitchen by Boffi.
Above: A concealed white kitchen by Boffi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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