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“Historically, kitchens were dark, busy spaces situated in private areas of the house,” she says. “Kitchens are now on display and clients place increased importance on their appearance.”
Parr of SJB says the concept of a ‘show’ or front kitchen (as well as a back kitchen/scullery) is relatively new. With the show factor comes the need for high-end appliances – and the bigger the range, he says, the better.
“It’s not just about the cooking – it’s the theatre of it. It’s a gathering spot, a showpiece.”