Emil Eve Architects designs a small kitchen with space-saving appliances

Dezeen teamed up with Neff to commission London studio Emil Eve Architects to design a contemporary small kitchen using the German brand’s space-saving appliances, including an oven with a fully retractable oven door.

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the brand’s Slide & Hide oven, which features an oven door that slides under the appliance, Neff and Dezeen teamed up with Emil Eve Architects to develop a modern kitchen design for townhouses where space is limited. .

The Slide & Hide oven has a door that can “disappear” under the appliance for easy access to food

The design aims to balance a smart and functional design that saves space with an imaginative and contemporary style.

“Smart, functional design doesn’t have to mean boring. We like to bring a fun element to the kitchen with our appliances,” Neff said.

“Space in city centers comes at a cost, so when that space is at a premium, design and function are key to loving the home you live in.”

Technical drawing of Emil Eve Architect's small kitchen design
The kitchen has been designed to optimize space in small townhouses

Emil Eve Architects developed the design with the vision of creating a kitchen space for preparing and sharing food, where cooking and eating is a social experience for quiet time.

The guiding principle behind the design was to combine efficiency and ergonomics and to maximize space for small townhouses. The design includes generous shelving for storage and display, using products that have the ability to slide everything seamlessly, even appliances.

“We very much enjoyed the challenge of working with Neff to develop a kitchen design for a downtown home, where space is limited, but the design doesn’t have to be,” the studio said. .

Woman cutting vegetables in contemporary green kitchen
The kitchen has plenty of shelving for storage and displays and appliances that can be compacted

Neff describes its Slide & Hide oven as the “only oven with a fully retractable door” that not only frees up space in the kitchen, but also allows users to get closer to food for adding last minute additions and allows users to recover the dishes without the risk of burning themselves.

The built-in oven has a sliding door designed to “disappear” in one quick motion via a rotating handle. It is available in stainless steel or graphite gray with the option to add steam, eco-clean functions, touchscreens or be linked to the Neff Home Connect app, which allows users to control home appliances remotely via voice commands.

“It’s more than just a technical object, it has a kind of playful component and it’s just fun to use,” said Neff Vice President of Design Ralf Grobleben.

Plan drawing of small kitchen and balcony design by Emil Eve Architects
The design revolves around a kitchen island with easily accessible storage

The kitchen features a center island as a contemporary take on a traditional farmhouse kitchen table. The island is equipped with a series of drawers and open shelves where everything is easily accessible.

The traditional vegetable garden is replaced by a richly planted balcony, designed to be a small but productive space high above the city.

The architects combined high-quality materials, including brightly stained solid wood fronts that contrast with exposed powder-coated steel and stainless steel work surfaces.

Founded in 1877, Neff develops and produces built-in appliances for modern kitchens. Its products range from ovens, hobs, extractor hoods to refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and coffee machines.

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This article was written by Dezeen as part of a partnership with Neff. Learn more about Dezeen Partnership content here.