Cook Nook attempts to fit everything someone could need in a kitchen, into as small a space as possible. With more and more people choosing to live in cities for convenience, homes are becoming smaller as the urban landscape expands. As self indulgent creatures, we have become used to space as a luxury, and kitchens are an example of a space filled with redundant appliances we have forgotten how to live without. So I looked into the bare essentials and space one needs to cook effectively and comfortably, making the kitchen a more efficient use of space for smaller living scenarios.
This was my fourth year project for my undergraduate degree. I got the chance to spend a whole year on this design and be able to make the entire unit from scratch. Having this one to one model allowed me to learn so much about materiality, woodworking, prototyping, and even CAD modelling.
I chose this project because I always most enjoyed our more practical based projects previously, and I really wanted to improve my skills in this area. Also, because I was inspired by furniture making that had a twist for a concept. I like purpose based functionality focused design, so this brief was ideal for me.
My brief was:
“To design and build a kitchen that can be used in small living spaces. Due to the exponential increase in young people choosing convenience over luxury, the demand for reminding ourselves what is possible with less is essential. This project should change our perception of cooking, and how we use our kitchens, determine what is essential in a kitchen, and what is merely desireable, to show how we take kitchen space for granted and help remind us how to be organised with cooking again.”