Look, what's cooking!

It is an undeniable fact that architects and interior designing are becoming increasingly technical.

Days when garish tiles and over-the-top furnishing were the order of the day are over. People now want their homes to be scientific and aesthetic at the same time. Minimalistic and sophisticated designs are now trending across homes. With the marriage of home decor and technology, comes a whole new gamut of home furnishing options.

An important aspect of this kind of home embellishment is the construction of the kitchen. It is where you cook, store, bake and sometimes even eat. If you're spending a good amount of your day in this part of the home, it's but natural that you would want to ensure that the best goes into its making. Kitchens have  increasingly evolved with time and they are not just being a ‘kitchen’ by definition.

Modular kitchens, a modern kitsch area, has emerged as a popular choice among the urban community. The kitchen has become a luxury today and people are willing to go the extra mile to own an ultra-modern one. We witnessed this recently at the launch of the Valcucine Kitchen Brand in Bengaluru.

It's not often that we see a pot pourri of people from varied professional areas get together – architects, painters, interior designers and chefs. When they do get together under one roof, the atmosphere is nothing short of festive.

Niveditha Reddy, an architect and the managing partner of Rise stores, was the mastermind behind the launch of the kitchen range. "Kitchens are still unexplored in India. There is so much potential. On a trip to Italy, we chanced upon these state-of-the-art kitchens and decided to bring the concept to India," she said.

While the kitchen can cost anything from five lakh to eighty lakh rupees, the USP is that it’s highly customisable. Many first-time visitors were quite impressed with what they saw and you'd be amazed at how forward and modern kitchens have become.

Kitchen wise

When you are looking into the modern kitchen trends, here are a few things that you might want to consider. You can actually choose what material you want it to be done in – wood, aluminium, glass. One can be recycled, while another is absolutely light weight. Glass counter-
tops look so elegant. Goodbye granite, we've found something sleeker and more utilitarian.
Storage is an essential part of kitchens. Remember those times when you forgot where you kept those ramekins and opened all the drawers before you could find them. Well, think ahead.

Your drawers can now have glass bottoms. But don't you worry about them breaking. These have been tempered enough to become eight times stronger than the regular glass. They could bear weights up to 60 kg.

Your top shelves need not be out of range anymore. You can have doors that work like levers, very similar to that of a car trunk. With the instillation of LED lights at the back of some of the shelves, you no longer need to grope in the dark looking for things you may need at a moment’s notice. This makes it hassle-free and convenient. Cooking, the crux of any kitchen, also demands a lot of safety - which is why there is no longer the need to bend over the flame to pick up your box of spices.

A long panel can be drawn unto yourself and pushed back in. A live demonstration by Chef Sarabjeet, who seemed to be having a whale of a time whipping up pastas and bruschettas, reaffirmed the convenience of the kitchen countertops for cooking.

What follows cooking is perhaps the most tedious part of the whole process – washing and cleaning up. This is where the partitioned sink, such as those seen in the kitchens of our Western counterparts, come in handy. You can put in the glassware in one part of the sink, while you can throw in skillets and pans in the other. And what's more convenient than a
rotatable faucet? But there are obviously days when you aren't in the mood to do dishes and you suddenly have an unexpected guest at your door. Fear not, because you now have a lid that you can just draw over the sink to conceal those dirty dishes.

Renovation fundas

Let's say, for instance, that you want to go in for a kitchen renovation or makeover a few years down the line. The recyclable nature of the units come in handy when such a time arises! You can get yourself a new kitchen without discarding the old. Furthermore, kitchens these days are so environment-friendly that they contain no toxic emissions, even when they are being manufactured.

Before you begin looking for one of those attractive kitchen units, keep in mind that if you don't find what you want, you can get it tailor-made. Additionally, you can also get to beautify the cabinet doors with theme paintings, by professional artists. And the cherry on the cake is the decade-long replaceable warranty most kitchens come with.Have you been treating the modelling of your kitchen as a mere chore or duty? Would you make it boring, when you can make it fabulous, without compromising on quality or purpose? Now you know better.

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