Referring back to my previous post in Part 1, I've been interested lately in how folks design kitchens using free standing pieces of furniture rather than custom-fitted cabinets. I promised you I'd show a few kitchen that had been cobbled together using more than just stainless steel pieces from the restaurant supply store.
Let's start with this favorite photo, which I have now posted at least three times on this blog:
Cote de Texas terms "unfitted" click here.
Quite a few unfitted kitchens use interesting cabinetry to house the sink.
In this Parisian flat, a sink (far left) has been integrated into a huge cement table top. Great for washing veggies before sitting down to leisurely chop them, but thankfully there is another near the stove for dish washing. I wonder if there is also a counter-height fridge under the dishwashing sink. Does anyone know if it is common to have smaller fridges in Europe?
One of my favorite items in a cobbled together kitchen the vintage enamel sink.
A few other cobbled together kitchens to enjoy:
In these unfitted kitchens, we sometimes see doubles.
Sometimes you'll see an unfitted kitchen that has been put together using a few standard kitchen cabinets.
An Urban Cottage, was cobbled together using painted stock cabinets. Steve put a matching set on either side of his existing free standing stove.
I love the look of these unfitted, cobbled together kitchens. In a way, it might be unfair to call them cobbled together because I imagine it takes quite a bit of time, effort, and luck to find just the right pieces to create the perfect puzzle.
I don't think I could ever live with one permanently. I'm too messy a cook to have to deal with the food that falls between the cracks of the antique work table next to the sink. I don't want to have to clean the floor under all those open legs. And don't get me started with the curtains. They'd be absolutely filthy with two preschoolers in my house.
There's a reason that the Old World kitchens of yore have morphed into the sleek, seamless counter topped, sink under-mounted, kick-plated, use-every-inch-to-capacity kitchen of today.
Still, this might be an idea to consider if you were faced with a horribly dated kitchen and didn't have the budget for a total custom-fitted overhaul. And it would certainly work in a vacation home where the kitchen wouldn't be used on a regular basis.
What say you? Do you like the look? Could you live with a cobbled together kitchen?
Bonus points if you can name the one modern appliance missing from every single one of these pictures.