Thursday, January 26, 2012

Open Shelving and Hippy Kitchens

Today I had my first stint of my once-a-week baking for our local cafe. The owner, Wendy, is a passionate woman, dedicated to building a restaurant that is not only sustainable but also a gathering place for the communitiy. It is a place where connections are made and friendships forged and all over good food and beer.

I laugh that this is almost my first post college job, other than grading papers part-time and doing and learning all the million jobs that come with homemaking, real homemaking that is, not of the cocktail and cigarette variety. The best part was getting to use the restaurant kitchen which is full of what every real homemaker needs or at least acsess to. Most most middle class modern kitchens are made to keep things behind cupboard doors so you don't use them and honestly, ovens are for cooking freezer pizzas.

After being in the cafe kitchen tonight I was reminded why open shelving was one of my favorite patterns in Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language. It is so much more accommodating to the cook to have everything within sight and easy reach. Who wants to go pawing behind a door of a dark too deep cabinet?

Anyway, as we are renting for the time being I will just have to make do. At least I can console myself with the wonderful collection of hippy kitchens here.


Colby said...

Wow; that's impressive! Could you bring Ronia with you?
It's funny: Mike had a goat shoulder from the freezer that he's making a huge pot of stock out of. When he was cutting it up Rose kept wanting to eat the fat! (She tells me "I like the fat.") It's awful, but it gives new meaning to the phrase "chewing the fat." My goodness.

Laura said...

We had to take the cabinets off for a bit, and refinish them, and that was pretty cool and openy... now we just have glass, so you can see everything... behind the green glass.

Ben Hatke said...

WOW,that sounds so pretty!


j'aime said...

oh awesome. i love the hippie kitchens so much. our tiny space in dallas had open cabinets, and i miss them. now we have these dumb PVC ones and the doors are falling off half of them anyway.
also we found an awesome house.

buy rift account said...

Cool! That was pretty awesome.=D

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