Photos by Patric Dreier
If there's one thing that'll ruin meal-making—no matter how many glasses of wine you've had to counteract any frustration or how loud you've got the cooking tunes playing—it's an disorganized prep space. Well, a lack of space might be worse, but there are ways to deal with that if you've got the cash (Häfele's transformable kitchen/dining areas are a good example). The ChopChop Kitchen from Berlin-based industrial designer Dirk Biotto has given me a major case of kitchen envy. ChopChop might doesn't come off as simple as the minimalistic kitchen islands of late, but this might be why I'm so drawn to it. The complete dedication to functionality is honorable—and its got a workbench vibe going that leaves little to dislike.
Cooking even the simplest of things can be a challenge when you really think about all of the tools, ingredients and steps that go into preparing a meal. Specifically, Biotto took elderly and disabled chefs into consideration when designing ChopChop, which focuses on keeping everything in sight and easily grabbed.
My favorite part: the wall-side peg board that can be customized to hold your most-used cooking utensils for easy access. A close second is the milled slot in the wooden work surface, which makes slicing bread and other ingredients easy and (more or less) mess-free. The design also features a built-in grater and collection drawer as well as a sloped sink area for pulling heavy pots and pans into and out of the cleaning area.
Instead of hiding your dinnerware and cooking tools like a lot of kitchen designs would be quick to do, ChopChop encourages busting it all out with ample display space on the perforated backboard—which essentially kicks hand-drying to the curb. Check out more work from Biotto on his website.
See also: Sébastien Cluzel's "Culinary Landscape"
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