The Concealed Kitchen
Hidden appliances are hot in Europe.
The Eurocucina section of the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile) featured primarily high-tech kitchens in which hidden sinks, cutting boards, grills or plate warmers popped up at the push of a button, and stand-alone cabinets hid appliances. Not all of the Jetsons-like technology will be applicable to everyday life, but contained kitchens in a beautiful oak finish like this B2 system from Bulthaup are an embraceable trend. The wardrobe-like units offer tons of storage and can accommodate an oven, dishwasher and fridge. (The worktable/island shown contains the sink.) If you have to skip clean up, simply close the doors and the mess is out of sight!