Drawer Kitchen by Gitta Gschwendtner


London designer Gitta Gschwendtner presented a kitchen island comprising a pile of drawers and a sink at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition in Milan last month.

Called Drawer Kitchen, the unit was designed for Italian brand Schiffini and appears from three sides as a series of different-sized, randomly stacked boxes.

All the drawers in the unit are functional and they can all be opened at the same time.

The kitchen will be published in the August issue of Wallpaper*.

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Here's some more information from Gschwendtner:

The Drawer Kitchen is a functional kitchen island that has a very sculptural, abstract and deconstructivist appearance, almost like an 'exploded' storage unit. The unit looks dynamic when not in use, but become even more dramatic when the drawers are being pulled out.

The Drawer Kitchen is designed to be positioned in an open plan kitchen/dining area with the drawer front facing the dining area and the sink back facing the rest of the main kitchen. It creates a link between food preparation and the social aspect of eating.

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Posted on Thursday May 13th 2010 at 11:19 am by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Stg

    “It creates a link between food preparation and the social aspect of eating.”
    Why are lots of drawers an expression of the social aspect of eating?

    This is a very disappointing project, the initial sculptural energy from the dining side completely fails at the point that it becomes a very standard fitted kitchen unit on the food preparation side.

  • Okay, that’s just silly but I like it anyway.

  • tanya telford – T

    looks impracticable although definitely some nice things about it, although i can’t help but want to ask how does it fit with previous works, (for me the kind of question that springs to mind in this instance),

  • Zaedrus

    So we know that one drawer works…

  • Therese Senac

    Something to impress the guests at dinnerparties

  • in which drawer are the forks in?, i´m sure i must have left them somewhere.. doesn’t matter i’ll just go buy some new ones

  • h

    i would bang into the drawers while cooking… repeatedly… :/

  • It looks spectacular, the lines are great. Should probably be supplied with a pair of shin guards though.

  • hugo

    what’s the point of having the drawers on the dining area as they’re useful on the cooking area ?
    great design but silly idea, doesn’t work (as a kitchen furniture)

  • cb

    looks beautifully made, nice material selection. but i wouldnt think this is practical for a kitchen at all.. perhaps for a kids toy box, though would be dangerous, too many sharp edges, or perhaps just as living room credenza…

  • Hans

    Anti feng sui ? :D

  • peh

    a bitch to clean…

  • walter

    my shins are bleeding just from looking at all the corners. It looks more like a jungle gym for kids to play on