In the centre of group apartments and workshop premises for people with disabilites, a kitchen is so much more than just a kitchen. It is a place for eating, cooking, celebrating, socialising, and at times learning new skills together.
The kitchen interior was purely practical, yet not very functional. There was a spacious kitchen unit but without an oven and a stove. It has always been a make-do, food was prepared at somebody's apartment and brought back in the common space or recipes were used that do not require stove or oven.
Our interior designers suggest using different colours instead of just shades of one main colour. For instance, green colour harmonises well with grey and wooden nuances. Accents can be chosen in metal, but kept moderate as most colour in kitchen is always brought by fruits, vegetables and other foods.
Everyday sustainability in kitchen
This kitchen unit has everything needed for everyday life, for spending time together and for learning. The mobile lightweight kitchen island can be put away in the corner when not needed and pulled out for workshops. Tables have wheels for easy combining and re-combining.
Sustainability is becoming a vital part of our everyday lives, thus we have added some sustainable solutions to this kitchen. One of the cornerstones of sustainability at home is recycling, and recycling starts with sorting the waste. IVAR combinations are great for SORTERA bins that can be labelled to be used for different kinds of waste.
Setting the atmosphere
As this room tends to become a bit crowded when everybody comes in, the setup had to be light and airy so as not to play the main role. Our interior designers have solved this by keeping the lower part closed and adding some open shelves and decorations at the upper part. Cabinets are a great way to hide away things that create clutter, but open shelves are the best way to display something nice or to keep the most often used things close at hand.
All about being together
This room is about being together, and being together means being with quite a lot of people. Mobile tables on wheels are a great solution for coming together, but a lot of people means also a lot of things, so storage solutions are also something to think about. Here, we have used IVAR combinations that can be adjusted and personalised according to individual wishes. Open shelves, closed cabinets and a lot of space: the possibilities are endless!