We remember the retro styles of the sixties, the cupboards with their formica/ melamine finish and doors with translucent glass centres. They were sparse in comparison to the average kitchen furniture of today and had little if any integrated appliances. They were however functional as regards providing food storage space and work top area and represented satisfaction in meeting the requirements of the average family. Strangely we see similar shape kitchens in minimalist styles today with smaller eye level cupboards and base units finished in glossy paint colours. The worktops are however can be in granite or marble and the kitchens themselves can be extremely expensive as they are now the cutting edge of latest kitchen designs and represent innovation. These kitchens are at the top end of the market as regards kitchen furniture and bear only a fleeting similarity to its predecessors of some fifty years ago.
There has always been a clear distinction between kitchen furniture that is basic, cheap and purely functional and that which costs an extortionate amount of money with all the top end design features, superior materials and luxurious trimmings such as marble or granite worktops and state of the art technological innovations including integrated cooker, microwave oven, electro- mechanical waste disposal unit, video/audio systems, online integrated computer station facilities and integrated TV, to mention but a few. In fact, extravagant kitchen furniture is the realm of the very wealthy whose budget can buy the most expensive available whilst we would associate austere furniture with budget kitchens that are functional and of inferior quality comparatively speaking.
Ever wondered what kind of intense pressure Christiano Ronaldo must be going through every time he walks on to the field while playing for the hugely popular Manchester United? I know its the wrong kind of comparison, but kitchen furniture manufactures are almost always put in similar kinds of unenviable situations. After all, they have been entrusted with the onerous task of resurrecting our stolid kitchens. Wherever they go, their impeccable reputation precedes them. A reputation, which has been painstakingly built on years of selfless service to homeowners across the globe.
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