Top Ten: Compact Kitchens

With Small Spaces in mind, the compact kitchen proves to be an exercise not only in space saving, but also versatility. Storage is less about objects and components and more about how those components coexist, while profiles and finishes are discreet and minimal to reduce visual clutter.

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1. Minikitchen
DESIGNER: Joe Colombo
PRICE: $35,000

Originally designed in 1963, this mini-kitchen is a reissue made in Corian. Essentially a large trolley with everything you need for a mobile kitchen including mini-fridge, drawer, storage compartments, sockets for electrical appliances, chopping board, induction hotplate and pull-out worktop.

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2. Miniki
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

This 2012 Red Dot Design Award winner is a wall-mounted kitchen that folds away into a beautiful credenza. German-made and distributed, this product hasn’t made its way to the US as of yet, but with this sleek and clever design, it’s only a matter of time.

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3. Move Outdoor Kitchen
DESIGNER: Christophe Stanek
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

This French design is intended for outdoor use, bringing all the tools of a kitchen to the outdoors as a mobile, outdoor cart.

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4. Critter
DESIGNER: Elia Mangia
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

This freestanding tabletop acts as a kitchen that can be placed anywhere in a room. A 2013 Milan Design Week preview for Italian brand Skitsch, proving the European influence on the growing importance of the compact kitchen.

Top Ten: Compact Kitchens

5. MultiMatic
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

A system of storage solutions that allow for space saving and smart features in all areas of the kitchen. Who needs a lot of space when you can use space this cleverly?

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6. Board
DESIGNER: Pietro Arosio
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

Instead of packing this kitchen into a small rectangular cart, Snaidero styled its most compact kitchen into a sleek, contemporary table top. Storage isn’t a main feature here, but there is room for a breakfast bar at the end of a stovetop and sink.

Top Ten: Compact Kitchens

7. b2
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

Kitchen gurus bulthaup offer this adaptable kitchen system that takes storage to the next level. With a series of components, an entire kitchen of supplies can fold away into a standing credenza.

Top Ten: Compact Kitchens

8. K1 kitchen
PRICE: Inquire for pricing
L 1300 mm x H 1000/1580 mm x D 650 mm

There are mini-kitchens and there is the K1 mini-kitchen. This little guy is well stocked and folds away seamlessly into a side credenza.

Top Ten: Compact Kitchens

9. Crystalline sink
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

Such a simple idea that it’s surprising this hasn’t hit the main stream: turning an unused sink into a sleek cutting board. Blanco has done this with more style than you might expect from such a straightforward concept. A beautiful sink is hidden from view by a beautiful safety glass cutting board.

Top Ten: Compact Kitchens

10. Artusi
DESIGNER: Antonio Citterio
PRICE: Inquire for pricing

This outdoor kitchen is probably the largest, yet most fully equipped on today’s list. The Artusi system is meant to serve as a fully functional outdoor kitchen. Nothing is missing. Literally.

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