Kitchens : The gradual disappearance of the dining room as the center of family reunion, coupled with the growing concern for comfort and technological advance, have converted the kitchen into the most important room in the house - the place where meals are prepared and the family gathers to be together. As the room where guests are received, today's kitchen fulfills the role of living rooms in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As a result, it has become one of the most prominent rooms in the house. More time is invested than before in the selection of kitchen materials and decorations. Today's kitchens are larger and fitted out with multiple pragmatic solutions which increase capacity and level of organization. The new concept for kitchens envisions particular areas for each activity; in such a way that the kitchen may be utilized comfortably while space is left for the family to come together at mealtime. This book presents a selection of contemporary designs that advocate comfortable, luminous spaces in which preparation of meals and sitting at table become genuine pleasures.