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Kitchen Design Course Summit at Blum

Kitchen Design Course Summit at Blum

The Kitchen Design degree course has now been given formal accreditation. Blum UK is generously hosting a meeting and final consultation for the kitchen industry at their Milton Keynes headquarters on Thursday 17th April at 10am.

Bucks University key staff will be there. Alison Shreeve, Head of School Design Craft and Visual Arts

Faculty of Design will describe the innovative course in detail. Johnny will make a presentation on the thinking behind the course, why it is so badly needed and what potential students and individual companies will gain from better qualified staff.

All those interested are welcome.

For further details please contact Christine Vass Email:

The Long Kitchen, emotionally durable and multi-generational living space

The Long Kitchen, emotionally durable and multi-generational living space

At the Interior Design Summit on March 11th, sponsored by Blum UK, Johnny talked about kitchen design to suit four generations, on how the kitchen is increasingly becoming the key to a comfortable and satisfying home life. It continues ideas he presented to Newcastle University's December Changing Age initiative, exploring how we can make kitchens that last a long time, thirty years or more and what motivates people to hold on to them.

Jonathan Chapman's book, Emotionally Durable Design inspired some of the content. Come and find out how we can design flexibility and excitement into all aspects of kitchen living.

Interior Design Summit

For the Changing Age initiative

Elizabeth David on the radio and in print

Elizabeth David on the radio and in print

BBC Radio 4's Food Programme broadcast a tribute to Elizabeth David on December 29th. It included my discussion with Sir Terence Conran on our joint contribution to kitchen design. It is available on iPlayer:

It was her extraordinary kitchen, her original, witty ideas that excited me to design kitchens. She was my aunt but mother to my ideas, in particular the Unfitted Kitchen. For her, a lover of beauty, 'the perfect kitchen would be more like a painter's studio furnished with cooking equipment', a place associated with personal expression, light and creativity.

The vision expressed in her writing was a social one. Rather than strict adherence to her recipes, she cared about the process of cooking with friends and family and the simple pleasures of making and eating food in sympathetic environments. This is why I mention in my blogs. I am trying, in my way, to carry her spirit forward into our twentieth-first century kitchens.

The Observer Food Magazine celebrated her legacy in Rachel Cooke's elucidating piece

The Long Kitchen: new thinking into multi generational kitchens

The Long Kitchen: new thinking into multi generational kitchens

Newcastle University, a world-leading centre for research into ageing and vitality, is inviting the kitchen industry, journalists and academics to consider new ways of making kitchens. On Thursday 28th November from 11am - 4pm we will discuss how to create products and services for the home and kitchen that can be used by anyone, regardless of age.

My talk, The Long Kitchen, is inspired by ecological considerations and a desire for spaces that are emotionally engaging and functionally durable over a long period of time. We will hear Profs' Tom Kirkwood and Peter Gore share their substantial expertise, making it available for companies that wish to innovate as well as outlining their proposal to make an advanced test kitchen.

The invitation-only conference will be set in globally-recognised research facilities on campus. Andrew Davies, the much sought editor of KBB Review, will be chairing the event.

For full details

Please contact Helen Neat at or call 0191 222 6837 to register.

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