In the fifth of a six-part series of interviews with the people behind the industry’s top kitchen designs, Miele and The Peak speak to Jennifer Soh, general manager of sales and marketing at Space Furniture.
How many opportunities do we get in a lifetime to build a kitchen, to our own tastes, from scratch? Not many. So why not spend a bit more on it, advises Jennifer Soh from Space Furniture: “The kitchen is fairly permanent in nature, thus budgeting for your dream kitchen should also be considered as a longer-term investment.”
Indeed, kitchens are very personal spaces. While it is defined by its function, it’s used differently by different people. “The kitchen layout should fit into your unique way of living and make your life easier. To this end, thinking ahead is crucial. What you need today might be different from what you need five years later,” shares Soh.
Thinking long term is also critical when it comes to aesthetics. Eye-catching trends might come and go, but sophisticated simplicity never goes out of style. “Good design is the coming together of style and functionality. It’s also about durability and sustainability, designed and built to endure passing trends,” says Soh.
This doesn’t mean sticking to cookie-cutter templates. After all, Space has always been synonymous with creativity, integrity and excellence. Incorporating high-end European modular kitchen systems that offer a great variety of finishes, colours and materials, it creates configurations that clients can truly call their own.
Yet cabinetry alone does not make a kitchen. Working with Miele appliances, Space is able to propose a full suite of kitchen solutions for the consumer – even the trend-conscious.
“The biggest trend we’ve noticed is for the kitchen to look as sleek as the living areas. We reckon this trend started when home entertaining became popular,” says Soh. “The latest Artline series of appliances with no handles also addresses the quest for sleekness and visual harmony.”
For serious home cooks, this also means high-functioning appliances that are beautifully low-key when it comes to appearances. Think Miele’s telescopic hoods that can be flushed with the kitchen units on the wall, or the downdraught systems that can be integrated into the worktop. These appliances disappear out of sight once the job is done, leaving the host to entertain in style.
KEEPING IT SLEEK
The downdraught system that looks like a panel behind the stovetop can be slid down into the counter, out of sight, when it’s no longer needed.