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The Narcissistic Kitchen – in praise of Aster Cucine

Domina range from Aster Cucine

We are very proud to welcome our newest guest blogger, the very talented Irish, kitchen designer Darren Morgan whom we fully expect to explode onto the international design scene before the year is over. Darren has been creating cutting edge designs which lead to some very coveted awards such as KBB Industry Awards – designer of the year 2009,  KRI Awards – Designer of the year 2010 and  The Design Awards – Contract kitchen designer of the year 2010. We know it’s not all about winning glamorous awards but we’ve seen his work and know this is one to watch out for in 2011. In his first post for us he waxes lyrical  about the Domina Range from Aster Cucine.

The primary function of the kitchen stretches back to the dawn of humanity when primitive communities gathered around fires to consume the spoils of their hunt.   Throughout the millennia the basic need to prepare and eat food encouraged the development of a cooking space we now call the kitchen.

The development of the kitchen also had an impact on the evolutionary development of our species, creating a communal area to eat, which in turn encouraged speech and the development of social skills, cementing the norms and values of our society. Thankfully the appliances used to prepare our meals have become much more sophisticated and our ingredients are now more sanitised, collected from well lit supermarket aisles, but the basic function of the kitchen remains the same.

However, modern kitchen design is now an indulgent experience, an experience that calls on all kinds of personal experiences and fashionable preferences, an experience that facilitates the creation of something that is unique to us, a modern reflection of all that we desire and of where we aspire to be.  The Modern Kitchen can actually be seen as a functional embodiment of social power and intimate taste.

Domina range from Aster Cucine

So enter the Domina range from Aster Cucine a perfect example of the imaginative influence being released in the development of contemporary kitchen designs today.  Domina oozes feminine curves and an inviting essence that harnesses practical design theories allowing the space to become ergonomically efficient and family friendly.

Domina range from Aster Cucine

Domina range from Aster Cucine

There is something more here though.  The option of a stainless steel door embraces a narcissistic quality that perfectly reflects the mood of the 21st century kitchen buyer.  There is an appreciation here that the kitchen is not just a functional cooking space but that it has become an outward expression of personal tastes and style.

The Domina range also understands that the modern kitchen is a social environment with options for curved informal seating areas that encourage eye contact and informal conversation.  The series of curves available within the range also allow the imagination to be satisfied, exploring possibilities that are not influenced by the surrounding architecture.

Domina range from Aster Cucine

This design is one step upon an evolutionary path that has seen the kitchen traverse the void between functional requirement and holistic gratification.  The kitchen of today has become an important centre piece to our living environment and the Domina Range by Aster Cucine sits as a proud example of how style can embrace function.

For more on Darren Morgan see his blog and for more inspired kitchen products see Modenus catalog.

Florence von Pelet

Florence is a senior editor at Modenus.com. Aside from her natural passion for interiors, kitchens and baths Florence also leads the way on Modenus’ BlogTours around the world so please follow her on Twitter to get the latest information and inspiration about design trends from around the world.

  • http://twitter.com/EarthAnatomy EarthAnatomy®

    For Darren.
    Mr. Morgan.
    I usually don’t post comments… here is a rare exception. Your sense of “curve appeal” makes me very excited to see your next design. Please continue in this direction. You show natural products with sophistication and simplicity. You are absolutely right… the world is not flat.
    You have done well with bending wood… can you bend natural stone? rj.thacker@earthanatomy.com

  • http://www.bes.co.uk plumbing

    I cant help but admire the looks of those kitchens. It is very pleasant to my eyes and I can’t help but wonder when will my kitchen turned out to something like those above.

  • http://twitter.com/dmkitchen Darren Morgan

    Hello there, well thanks for taking the time to post this comment as I always appreciate a little feedback about what I do. I always argue that kitchen design is a discipline that explores four dimensional planes with the fourth dimension being the human soul. I think your product is great and I will certainly consider using something this in the future – sometimes I come up with outragous design ideas and I find that materials can be a limiting factor – good to see that you’re pushing the envelope!

  • http://www.plumbingsuppliesandfittings.co.uk plumbing supplies

    I’m so glad that I run into your blog. More than any room in the house, the kitchen needs to be practical and functional. After seeing those designs it’s like seeing what’s been lacking in my kitchen.

  • http://www.kitchenssimply.co.uk/ Kitchen

    I always argued that the kitchen design is a three-dimensional planes with the fourth dimension of the human soul. I think your product is great.


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