Changing times: adapting the kitchen to the new food culture

Changing times: adapting the kitchen to the new food culture

About ten years ago there were new German restaurants Apartments no big differences. Most people chose the classic interior design style. The furniture was relatively modern, but also simple, so as not to look old-fashioned in the course of time. Times change, as it becomes clear today. Not only the furniture has evolved, but also the people. Unfortunately, many people still set up as they know it from television or magazines. There is only one target group in the design of the kitchen: the residents.

The food culture has changed

You could almost say that some people find the food annoying. They quickly wrap down a sandwich for lunch, in the morning the breakfast is replaced by a cup of coffee. In the evening, some people still cook proper meals - or they warm up ready meals. It becomes clear that food culture has changed in recent years. More precisely, it has adapted to the new framework conditions. People are increasingly mobile, they eat on the go, and classic family food is not as common as it used to be.

Modern table culture is summed up in simplicity and speed: dinner is quickly conjured up and consumed on the table. Then you can pursue other activities. Many children do not know what dessert forks and fish knives look like. A 36-piece cutlery and crockery set parents have only rarely. Even then, it is usually unpacked only for rare festivals.

Job and family require maximum attention - and that affects the diet. Mondays to Saturdays are cooked less often. Often it has to be fast. Pre-cooked food is a priority in many households. It tastes (relatively) good and is ready to serve quickly.

High-quality kitchens as a contrast to the new tableware

Interestingly, consumers, even though they cook less, spend more on their kitchen. According to Thomas Grothkopp, Managing Director of the German Association for the Table, Household and Home Decor, the average price for kitchens has increased to 6,300 euros in the last ten years.

The trend can be interpreted as meaning that consumers have at least the few hours they spend to be in the kitchen, to spend in an optimal environment. Another development, the trend towards so-called kitchens - ie the merging of living room and kitchen space - is making a significant contribution to this development. The kitchen is no longer the mother's territory. Cooking is a part of life and living, so that food is no longer prepared in separate rooms.

The kitchen requires maximum individuality

Consumers are willing to invest several thousand euros on their way to the perfect kitchen. Money alone does not make a kitchen good. Modern kitchens can be adapted to the needs of consumers down to the last detail. The many possibilities are overwhelmed for many people. For this reason, recommends an article on, when buying on a good advice to set. A good consultant analyzes the kitchen in terms of size, floor plan, existing windows, lighting conditions and other points. He does not forget to consider the individual wishes of the customers.

If you want to plan yourself, you can use 3D planning tools. It is available as free and paid software that facilitates the planning of your own kitchen.

Vegetarianism and veganism in the kitchen equipment sector

According to an article on, one in ten German vegetarians (7.8 million). After all, 900,000 people (1.1% of the population) eat vegan food. The growing proportion of people who do without meat or animal products requires a rethinking of the furniture industry. Vegans and vegetarians have completely different needs for a kitchen than Omnivore.

People who do not eat meat mostly cook with vegetables, they use different spices and need a generous sink for their work. Other features of a kitchen for vegetarians and vegans:

Work surface

  • : It's cut what it takes. A good kitchen has therefore large board areas, where the vegetables can be shredded without any problems. Kitchen sink
  • : A large sink is usually not enough for vegetarians. Ideal are two sinks. Cooker
  • : Inspired by Japanese cuisine, there is a modern cooker with two gas units, a wok gas stove and a steel plate for teppanyaki. On the steel plate you can roast fish, vegetables and rice. The furniture industry has discovered new materials.

The kitchen does not have to be geared to your own wishes. In the meantime, the furniture industry has realized that furniture does not necessarily have to be made of wood.

One material that could be found in many kitchens in the future is concrete. Whole houses are made of this material. That's why you associate concrete with a coarse material that does not look very nice. Furniture manufacturers have managed to manufacture the fronts of the kitchen furniture from this building material. A new manufacturing process allows concrete to be poured in a 0.5 to 1 millimeter thin layer.

Concrete could also be used as a base for food preparation. Solely acidic food (from citrus fruits, for example) must not come into contact with concrete. The acid leaves stains that resemble the patina of unprocessed teak furniture. Some find this patina beautiful, for others it destroys the spotless look of the kitchen.

Stone is another material that finds its way into design kitchens. Currently, the material is mainly used as a worktop. New kitchen furniture already has stone fronts.


The new dining and dining culture requires consumers to rethink their kitchen design and decor. They are willing to invest more money in a kitchen, even though they cook less than they used to. Nevertheless, the kitchen must be tailored to their needs. A special role is played by vegetarians and vegans, whose share of the population is increasing. They have special needs in terms of kitchen and equipment.

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