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Friday, March 23, 2012

Presented without comment

 Chad Ingraham for The Wall Street Journal.

This kitchen was designed by a professional architect.

18 comments:

life, in small chunks said...

I'm not surprised. Years ago, while remodeling a kitchen of my former home, I hired an architect. After three tries at it I asked her if she had ever cooked anything in her life. I ended up designing it myself and she just did the blueprints for me.

life, in small chunks said...

I just noticed - is that really the dishwasher in the right hand corner? With the sink 12 feet away? I think I know the architect...

Kristen said...

i'd really like to hear the thought behind that dishwasher placement...

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Hm, how very unfortunate.
Maybe hiring Home Depot or IKEA wouldn't be such a bad idea after all!
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Tara Dillard said...

I see this all the time with architects and kitchen designers from the big box stores.

Isn't that funny? My landscape design clients asking me about their kitchen?

Like your pic, it is all about selling cabinets. Not designing a beautiful functional kitchen.

Don't get me started on outdoor kitchens. Typically on axis from major house views and the cook stands with their back to guests while cooking.

A disaster.

Recently got a better price on my mom's new car because I had chatted up the salesman. He was putting in an outdoor kitchen.

He redid his configuration.

Saving his house views and able to visit with his guests while grilling.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Pam Kersting said...

Yo Raina, I don't know if you got my last comment, so I am reposting it.

Surely, this bozo can NOT be licensed? Just because you have educated yourself as an architect, interior designer, doctor or dentist, doesn't mean you are GOOD at it.

Shame on this client for a. Not checking this person out and their work prior to hiring them and b. approving this kitchen/kitchenette design to begin with. After all, architects merely try to help the client come up with a vision for the space and then help them achieve it. He/she did work for the client and I am sure gave the client exactly what they wanted and asked for.

So, in all honesty - we have this: bad architect + bad client = disaster!

kates said...

Not surprising. An architect is not a designer although they sometimes play one (with bad results).

David said...

Setting aside the lack of visual appeal, there has to be a water line and drain run the 10 or so feet to that dishwasher. What a needless expense. Why not put it to the left of the sink, under the stairs there where you've crammed in a microwave. Theres even room to raise it up for easier use.

wellfedfred said...

Not surprised in the least. Explained to several "professionals" at different locations that I wanted a commercial-type gas stove and that it had to give professional high heat with butane (bottled gas) and that only Blue Star made such a creature. Each replied, "Oh, no, you don't want that." I refused to work with anyone who knows so little about the preparation of food, which is what I do in my kitchen. Regularly. Two of these people were CKDs - Certified Kitchen Designers. Oh, and you should have heard the outcry when I said I didn't want fancy teensy imported appliances, in case a part or a service call was necessary.

Margaret said...

Crates for plates.
Someone please straighten the shade!
Like "tetris" to get to the fridge.
Is this a Bronnie project in progress?

Teresa said...

i'm gonna make an assumption here that the dishwasher is on wheels and they pulled it over to the sink and connect it to the faucet with a hose when they need to use it. i had one in my apt in college. the homeowners western in-laws must have had one.

Keri said...

Shut the eff up that's just not possible! The fridge placement alone is enough to make me want to punch someone.

brismod said...

After reading the article, I would say the kitchen was an afterthought. I wonder if cultural factors come into play. Maybe kitchens are still considered the tack ons in China as they were in Western culture many years ago. I know in Australia, in older homes, you couldn't swing a cat in the kitchen as it wasn't considered an important part of the home. The huge kitchen is very much a new phenomenon. Normally, I'd be scathing of such a kitchen but given it is in communist China you wonder how many restrictions would have been in place during the design phase. xx

mrs. anderdaddy said...

Architect, jackass. Potayto, potahto.

The Down East Dilettante said...

I can't make up my mind Pick a comment:

A)Which correspondence school did he attend?

B)Is it April Fool's Day already?

C)My five year old could do better

And in fact, neither professional nor architect, I've done way better three times.

La Boheme said...

No. No. No. This can't be real?? I'm speechless.

Jessie said...

There are so many things that don't work in this kitchen! The fridge, that dishwasher, the layout, oh my! What was that "professional architect" thinking?

You always find some oddball interiors, Raina! Thanks for the laugh. :)

Have a good weekend!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Nick Klaus said...

I want to be nice, really I do. Maybe if I pretend that the awkward not-matching-height counter is a movable island that will make it better. Nope.

I have the sinking feeling that this is somehow a worse solution than what the homeowner could come up with. It's just so.. inelegant.