Emil Eve Arkitekter designs a small kitchen with space-saving white goods

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

To coincide with the brand’s 20th anniversary Slide & Hide ovenwhich has an oven door that slides away from under the appliance, Neff and Dezeen teamed up with Emil Eve Architects to develop a design for a modern kitchen 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 smart and functional design that saves space in an imaginative and contemporary style.

“Smart and functional design doesn’t have to mean boring. We love to bring an element of fun to cooking with our appliances,” said Neff.

“Space in city centers comes at a price, so when space is limited, design and functionality are essential to loving the home you live in.”

Technical drawing of Emil Eve Architect's small kitchen design
The kitchen is designed to optimize the space in smaller 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 to spend time in peace.

The guiding principle behind the design was to combine efficiency and ergonomics and to maximize space for smaller townhouses. The design offers generous shelves for storage and displays, using products that have the ability to seamlessly push everything away – even the appliances.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of working with Neff to develop a kitchen design for a city center home where space is at a premium but design doesn’t have to be,” said the studio.

Woman cuts vegetables in modern green-colored kitchen
The kitchen has ample shelving for storage and displays and appliances that can be compressed away

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 close to the food to add last-minute additions and allows users to for safely picking up dishes without the risk of burns.

The built-in oven has a sliding door designed to “disappear” in one quick movement via a rotating handle. It comes in stainless steel or graphite gray with the option of adding steam functions, eco-clean, touch screen displays or being connected to Neff Home Connect appwhich enables users to remotely control home appliances via voice commands.

“It’s more than just a technical object, it has a kind of playful component and it’s simply fun to use,” said Neff’s vice president of design Ralf Grobleben.

Floor plan of small kitchen design and balcony by Emil Eve Architects
The design is centered around a kitchen island with easily accessible storage

The kitchen has a central island as a modern take on a traditional farmhouse kitchen table. The island is equipped with a number of drawers and open shelves where everything is easily accessible.

The traditional vegetable garden has been replaced with a richly planted balcony, designed to be a small but productive space elevated above the city.

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

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

Dezeen x Neff

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

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