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Trend Alert: 20 Well-Designed Kitchenettes

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Trend Alert: 20 Well-Designed Kitchenettes

September 24, 2017

Proof that, in the kitchen, you need less than you think; here are 20 kitchenettes—from shop interiors, guest rooms, and small apartments—done well.

N.B.: Kitchenettes are one of the 10 trends we called out for this fall in Trend Alert: 10 New Design Developments on Our Radar for Fall 2017.

in the apartment style hotel the lisboans in portugal, each suite gets a kitche 17
Above: In the apartment-style hotel The Lisboans in Portugal, each suite gets a kitchenette.
a black, cream, and gold plated kitchette at hotel covell in los angeles. 18
Above: A black, cream, and gold-plated kitchette at Hotel Covell in Los Angeles.
kitchenette like, architect björn förstberg built a plywood and stain 19
Above: Kitchenette-like, architect Björn Förstberg built a plywood and stainless kitchen for his mother in Sweden.
applying a curtain to her kitchenette, dutch designer christien starkenburg mad 20
Above: Applying a curtain to her kitchenette, Dutch designer Christien Starkenburg made a studio kitchen with a sink, backsplash, and a few drawers.
a plywood kitchenette with hidden, under counter appliances, an electric two bu 21
Above: A plywood kitchenette with hidden, under-counter appliances, an electric two-burner cooktop, and a sink in a renovated family house in Porto, Portugal.
an open air, compact kitchen inspired by a taco stand in todos santos, mexico. 22
Above: An open-air, compact kitchen inspired by a taco stand in Todos Santos, Mexico.
a tiny avanti 30 inch complete compact kitchen with refrigerator at the&#x 23
Above: A tiny Avanti 30-Inch Complete Compact Kitchen with Refrigerator at the Spruceton Inn.
architect solveig fernlund designed a compact kitchenette for tribeca, new york 24
Above: Architect Solveig Fernlund designed a compact kitchenette for TriBeCa, New York, shop La Garçonne. No appliances, just a marine-grade ply and Italian laminate construction, a bar sink, and Chicago faucet.
small counters, hidden appliances (minus the stove), and quirky details such as 25
Above: Small counters, hidden appliances (minus the stove), and quirky details such as a handmade plumbing pipe faucet and offset cooktop in a North London apartment by architect Simon Astridge.
baixa house, a hotel of guest rooms in lisbon, portugal, features small kitchen 26
Above: Baixa House, a hotel of guest rooms in Lisbon, Portugal, features small kitchenettes with pink marble countertops.
a small kitchen concealed behind slatted doors in a musician’s apartment 27
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.
kitchenettes in two tiny new zealand cabins are equipped with a refrigerator an 28
Above: Kitchenettes in two tiny New Zealand cabins are equipped with a refrigerator and dishwasher (hidden behind panels), a small sink, and gas cooktop.
a glamorous kitchenette in a 3\23 square foot studio in auckland, new zealand b 29
Above: A glamorous kitchenette in a 323-square-foot studio in Auckland, New Zealand by designer Karin Montgomery Spath.
a simple plywood kitchenette in room 6 at the jennings hotel in joseph, oregon. 30
Above: A simple plywood kitchenette in Room 6 at The Jennings Hotel in Joseph, Oregon.
a tiny office kitchenette by h\2 design & build in seattle. 31
Above: A tiny office kitchenette by H2 Design & Build in Seattle.
a kitchenette with hidden appliances in a 45\1 square foot flat in london by ar 32
Above: A kitchenette with hidden appliances in a 451-square-foot flat in London by architect Amin Taha.
gardenista editor michelle slatalla&#8\2\17;s own kitchenette in her mill v 33
Above: Gardenista editor Michelle Slatalla’s own kitchenette in her Mill Valley, California, 186-square-foot back house.
a tiny kitchen by mesh architectures, a member of the remodelista architec 34
Above: A tiny kitchen by Mesh Architectures, a member of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory, occupies a nook in a 300-square-foot art dealer’s studio.
karin montgomery spath used a bar sink and a two burner cooktop to create a min 35
Above: Karin Montgomery Spath used a bar sink and a two-burner cooktop to create a mini kitchen in an Auckland, New Zealand, space from Small-Space Living: An Airy Studio Apartment in a Garage.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a kitchenette?

A kitchenette is a small, compact kitchen that is usually installed in areas where space is limited.

What is the size of a kitchenette?

The size of a kitchenette varies, but it is usually smaller than a regular kitchen. It can range from a small counter with some cooking appliances to a complete mini kitchen setup.

What are the benefits of having a kitchenette?

The benefits of having a kitchenette are that it saves space, it's easy to maintain, and it's efficient in terms of time and resources.

Can a kitchenette be stylish?

Yes, a kitchenette can be stylish and trendy. In fact, there are many design options available that can make your kitchenette look like a miniature version of a regular kitchen.

What are some common components of a kitchenette?

Some common components of a kitchenette are small refrigerators, sinks, microwaves, cooktops, and sometimes even small dishwashers.

Can a kitchenette be functional for everyday use?

Yes, a kitchenette can be fully functional for everyday use if designed well. You can use it to cook meals, store food, and clean dishes just like a regular kitchen.

Is it possible to install a kitchenette in a studio apartment or a tiny home?

Yes, installing a kitchenette in a small apartment or tiny home is a great way to maximize space without sacrificing functionality. You can incorporate a kitchenette into your living space without creating a separate room for it.

What are some tips for designing a kitchenette?

Some tips for designing a kitchenette are to prioritize functionality, choose compact appliances, use minimalistic decor, and incorporate efficient storage solutions.

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