Disappearing Act: 14 Minimalist Hidden Kitchens

Openstudio Architects London Flat with Small Space Kitchen

It makes so much sense: kitchens hidden behind accordion doors, sliding doors, cabinet doors—anything it takes to keep the clutter out of sight when space is tight. Here are 14 we’ve been admiring recently.

Porto Apartment with Blue Hidden Kitchen by Fala Atelier
Above: In a house in Porto transformed into studio apartments by Portuguese firm Fala Atelier, plywood cabinets conceal everything, including the compact kitchen.
Openstudio Architects London Flat with Small Space Kitchen
Above: To conserve space (and hide clutter) in a 290-square-foot apartment, sliding track doors conceal a sink, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, oven, and induction range when not in use. See Kitchen of the Week: A Shape-Shifting Studio Apartment in London.
Above: The same kitchen, neatly tucked away.
Above: The Tivali Kitchen from Dada in Italy is tucked behind folding doors.
Stiftung Habitat, Musikerwohnhaus, Buol-Zunk Architects, Photo by Michael Fristchi
Above: A small kitchen concealed behind slatted doors in a musician’s apartment in Basel, Switzerland, designed by Buol & Zünd. Photograph by Michael Fritschi of Foto-werk.
Rife Studio Hidden Kitchen in Cadaques Spain
Above: A minimalist kitchen in an apartment in Cadaqués, Spain, designed by Francesc Rifé Studio. Photograph courtesy of Francesc Rifé Studio.
Above: The Hidden Kitchen by German company Warendorf has an electronic panel that lifts at the push of a button.
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Above: A kitchen tucked away in an Ikea unit at Masseria Alchimia in Puglia.
Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri Hidden Kitchen
Above: All appliances are concealed behind full-length oak cabinet doors in this kitchen by Danish company Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri.
Boffi Showroom Kitchen Remodelista
Above: A concealed white kitchen by Boffi.
Above: French architect Olivier Chabaud concealed an entire kitchen behind folding doors in this country house.
Guilford Cottage Kitchen by Gray Organschi, Photo by Mark Mahaney
Above: A small kitchen concealed behind folding doors in a project by Gray Organschi Architecture. Photograph by Mark Mahaney.
Edmonds + Lee Architects Noe Valley Hidden Kitchen
Above: Pocket doors conceal shelving and small appliances in the Noe Valley kitchen of Robert Edmonds and Vivian Lee of Edmonds + Lee Architects.
Table Plus Folding Table by Magnet
Above: Concealed dining and storage: The Table Plus from UK-based Magnet Kitchens folds against the wall when not in use. See also 14 Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen, Urban Edition.
Bulthaup B2 Kitchen Line
Above: German kitchen line Bulthaup offers kitchens in cabinets: one conceals pantry goods; the other, appliances. See Good Küchen: 9 German Kitchen Systems.

For more inspiration, go to Kitchens and Small-Space Living. Getting ready to redo your kitchen? Read our Remodeling 101 posts.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 22, 2012, as part of our Small Living issue.

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