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PRODUCTS | Open plan or broken plan?


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If it ain’t broken...


The pandemic has seen more people working from home and so the kitchen has taken on new roles in family life. Chris Frankland looks at how open- plan and broken-plan designs can cater for customers’ varying needs


f there is a design trend that has dominated the kitchen market over the past few years, it is surely ‘open plan’. Clients are looking to create a social space where family and friends can gather in what is truly now the hub of the home. The open-plan concept is well estab-


Daval Grassington kitchen in Porcelain colourway


lished – opening out the dining room and kitchen into one large social area. As CRL Stone managing director Simon Boocock puts it: “Open-plan kitchens will have no physical divisions.” This lack of division is important in creating a social hub. Melissa Klink at Harvey Jones says: “Open-plan has been the most desired layout by


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growing families, allowing them to be sociable while maximising the effici- ency of the available space.” But there’s a new kid in town – ‘broken plan’. And retailers looking to live life in the fast lane would do well not to ignore it. Those that can choose the right one for


their client should


clinch the sale in a New York minute. But enough of the gratuitous Eagles puns, what exactly is broken plan? One word that crops up again and again from the experts kbbreview spoke to is privacy. As the name suggests open-plan is more open and great for socialising, whereas broken-plan, is ‘zoned’ and allows for activities, such as home-working,


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