Everything in the design world is cyclical. When the pendulum swings one way, you can count on the fact that, sooner or later, it will swing on back. The hottest trend in kitchen design that I've been spotting more and more frequently these days is a perfect example of this phenomenon...
...It's the return of the good old eat-in kitchen.
It shouldn't be surprising that the concept of a table and chairs (or a banquette) to sit at and properly enjoy a bite to eat in the room where you prepared the meal is a popular one. It absolutely makes lots of sense. But, after years (decades?!) of islands becoming bigger, grander and more multi-functional, often at the expense of room for a table, the swing back towards this straightforward use of space is an interesting one.
The two examples here are from a fantastic slideshow at Elle Decor, which is worth a look to see examples of this again-on-the-rise design decision from sleekly contemporary to chic cottage, each with their own version of homey, welcoming charm.
What do you think? Can you picture yourself sipping tea and eating cookies in your cozy cucina or is the possible loss of work surface area just too scary to bear?
See more examples: Elle Decor | Kitchen Confidential
(Images: Elle Decor)