18 SEPTEMBER 2023

Freestanding kitchens

Freestanding kitchens respond to the increasing trend of freedom of contemporary living. Characterized by their versatility in be positioned freely in the home environment, without being bounded to walls, they express maximum layout flexibility and are useful for creating mobile partitions of spaces.

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Why choose freestanding kitchens

Freestanding kitchens are the optimal solution for lofts and open spaces, where the kitchen can also bear the function of dividing the space. The freestanding tall units are carefully finished on four sides and can be double-sided, equipped with ovens and storage compartments on the kitchen side and with display cases or open compartments on the living room side, or made of glass, as in the D90/12 concept, to create the illusion of elements floating in space, dividing without compromising the flow and overall harmony.

 

This type of kitchen can also be suitable for the smallest spaces, concentrating all the cooking elements in a more compact block. With retractable elements, sliding or extractable worktops, you can exploit every centimeter of space. Base units and ctall units, a refrigerator, dishwasher, combined oven, hob and sink can coexist within a single composition.

 

Freedom of design is another plus of freestanding kitchens: not being anchored to walls, they can take on independent dimensions and shapes based on taste and needs, without any architectural constraints such as windows, doors, columns, etc. In environments where architecture boasts a strong character, such as in historical or post-industrial contexts, freestanding solutions allow for the details of the building to be preserved, creating a double independent optical reading: that of the container and that of the content.

 

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Types of freestanding kitchens

This category of kitchens stands out for the finishing of the back panels, which become exposed and can be set up in various ways: they can assume the function of infill surface or, by increasing the depth of the tall units, they can fulfill contenitive function and may be set up with doors or display cabinets. Freestanding kitchens, independent form walls and able to be placed in the center of the room, may present different layouts:

 

  • Linear freestanding kitchens, the most widespread ones, are presented as a compositions of tall units often equipped with folding retractable doors. Internally, they can be set up with bases and wall units and contain all the appliances and any extractable worktops. When the doors are closed, the composition is incredibly essential and integrates into the architectural space without visual contrasts. Find out more about concealed solutions
  • Freestanding kitchens in blocks, made up of pre-aggregated functional elements. This solution is characterized by giving rhythm to the environment with empty and full spaces, integrating much more into the context. The pre-aggregated elements can be small compositions of tall units or islands. It is frequent that each aggregation takes on its own functional specialization housing the sink, cooking hob, pantry, wine storage, etc.
  • Freestanding kitchens with island, which is the most we can get from a freestanding kitchen. Given the space at our disposal, the composition of tall units can be accompanied by a composition of one or more islands which increase the operational and convivial surface. The island can be parallel or orthogonal to the tall units and can be enriched with extractable worktops or additional surfaces. Find out more about kitchens with islands
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Mini kitchen and freestanding units for small or multifunctional spaces

Suitable also for smaller spaces, lofts or multifunctional environments, TM Italia mini kitchens allow the food to be prepared in the least imaginable dimensions without putting at stake the functionality.

 

A project that has made “miniaturization” its main strong point is the OFF Kitchen concept: a design experiment developed together with Daniele Bedini, one of the few designers to have addressed the theme of ultragravitational habitability in environments at the limit of rationality and of efficiency.

 

The solutions developed respond to the need for rationalization of living spaces, especially in urban areas with very high population density, or to the multifunctionality of work spaces which, if necessary, can transform from a meeting to a banquet. The heart of OFF Kitchen is the lunch/work table which integrates the operational functions in “invisible” mode and which is made up of two overlapping elements: a table with a height of 90 cm and another of 75 cm.

 

When everything is closed it can be used as a work or meeting table; when it is open, however, it becomes a fully functional kitchen that can accommodate all kitchen functions in the simple volume of the table.

 

The two freestanding wall modules can also be equipped to integrate cooking and office functions, fitted out with appliances, storage compartments and drawers.

OFF Kitchen