Breaking Bread, the Culture Behind the Kitchen - A #DesignLux Conversation with the Kitchen Design Network.

The result of three centuries of American architecture, the typical home continues to be re-imagined and redefined.  Of any space in the home, the kitchen has seen the most change.

Even though its basic functionality remains the same, the New American Kitchen has become not simply a room designed for preparation of food, but an important household hub for communication, for education, for well being, and for mental stimulation.  Once a space seen only by the attentive housewife or hired help, the kitchen is now the center of the American household.  The proverbial "Heart of the Home".

For me, the kitchen is the most special room in the house. It’s a place for adventure - not drudgery, but discovery, sharing and showing off with friends, trying new ideas
— Ted Allen

In retrospect, we have only our changing cultural ideals and notions to thank for the evolution of the kitchen and the role it plays in our lives.  The way in which we interact with others, the importance we place on experiences, how we divide time within our busy schedules, and our renewed interest in nostalgia and tradition.  All have become important influencing factors in the ultimate re-design of the kitchen. 


Just in time for KBIS, #DesignLux has invited the masterminds of The Kitchen Design Network, designers Lori Gilder and Rebecca Reynolds, to guest host this week's conversation, diving into the culture behind this kitchen evolution.  What are the changing shifts in American culture that have stimulated the design of the New American Kitchen?  How do allergies, religious needs, and health & wellness translate into a consumer's ultimate kitchen requests?  How has the consumer's redefinition of Luxury and the importance they place on experiences translated into the kitchen? 

Break Bread with #DesignLux with sponsor Miele USA Thursday January 30th as we dissect the New American Kitchen and its evolution.  Inspirational photos, suggestions for designing for the New American Culture, and product application will be served with a side of family stories, tales of childhood memories, and a little dose of nostalgia. 

And don't forget to call your mother.

Thursday January 30th at 1pm PT/ 4pm ET.

Kitchen Design Network |
Workshops begin Friday, April 4th, 2014 during High Point Spring Market.
Visit the Kitchen Design Network for information and registration.


This episode of #DesignLux is brought to you by:
Miele USA |

DCoopMedia received compensation for this post under sponsorship agreement with Miele.  Food images copyright DCoopMedia; Images of Rebecca Reynolds & Lori Gilder copyright Kitchen Design Network and may not be used without permission.