Kitchen of the Week: Tiny Kitchens from Japan, Micro Apartment Edition

Spotted recently: impossibly tiny kitchens from Japanese company Sanwa, designed for micro living, each fitted with the basics: a sink, cooktop, counter space, and storage. Here’s a look.

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Above: The compact but no less vibrant AM 01 Kitchen, designed by Atelier Mendini for Sanwa Company, fits in a two-doored cabinet. (Also available: a monochrome version.)

Above L: The trolley-like QB 01 Kitchen by Bestetti Associati for Sanwa Company has “flexibility, movement, functionality, and essentiality” as its central concepts. Above R: According to Sanwa: “Every space is thought to make the kitchen practice and functional: a wooden cut board cover the retractable sink, the portable induction hob could be placed inside the kitchen. There are also a little compact fridge and a drawer for cutlery.”
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Above: Sanwa exhibited the new all-in-one kitchen designs at “The Impact of Compact” at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2018. The compact Ceragino kitchen with an oxidized metal base, shown, is made in Japan. “A sophisticated and beautiful shape is created by technique of Japanese craftsmanship and a passion for details,” the company says.

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Above: Another view of the Ceragino, with its exceptionally small footprint.

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Above: The Pattina has a matte black frame and wood-clad front. According to the company, “The design that leaves space between the floor and cabinet expresses a sophisticated delicacy and levitating lightness.” The Pattina, like many of the designs, has Italian ceramic tile counters.

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Above: A stainless-steel version, the Grad45, has “a stylish sink with sharp corners” and special attention to the fastenings and edges.

and a complete kitchen that mounts on the wall: the sc01 compact kitchen. 16
Above: And a complete kitchen that mounts on the wall: the SC01 compact kitchen.

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N.B.: This story is an update; the original post ran on July 26, 2018, and has been updated with new products.

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