Design Philosophy

Optima Contracts design team subscribes to Blum’s “Dynamic Space”. Not only do our kitchens need to look good they need to be practical and last 15 years and longer.

Stefan Marais
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What makes a kitchen practical?

Thanks to Blum’s DYNAMIC SPACE research and Optima Design Team we have improved on the kitchen triangle philosophy below and asked:​

Workflow – Convenience

According to Blum in short, workflow, space & motion. 

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All kitchen types can have optimal workflows. Every kitchen can be divided into five kitchen zones, as above, regardless of size or shape. For right-handed users, consumables, non-consumables, cleaning, preparation and cooking should be laid out clockwise.
For left-handed users, in the reverse order. The preparation zone is the main work area and should be a minimum of 900mm wide. This will ensure there is enough worktop space to make cooking easy and enjoyable.

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Space

Optimisation

Practical kitchens have enough storage space. Storage space requirements differ depending on cooking and shopping habits, size of household and lifestyle. Just because you don’t have much space doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having your dream kitchen. 

 

Motion (Quality)

The quality of a kitchen does not depend on surface finishes alone. High-quality fittings technology brings ease of use and quality of motion to kitchens. It makes cooking fun so it’s an important feel good factor. A kitchen can be beautiful AND practical if furniture is easy to open and has a feather-light glide on closing, even when heavily laden.

 

References: Eclipse Group  (information courtesy Eclipse Group)​