Different countries have different kitchens

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Our way of living is shaped by the different cultures we inhabit all over the world. Every continent and every country has its own solutions to typical challenges. The clearest differences are those between kitchens. The Requirements Research team investigates how kitchens and furniture are used all over the world. The department is a fundamental part of Blum. 681 observations have been carried out in 33 different countries to date. The department’s findings allow the company to develop products and services that are tailored to international markets.

‘We can only develop the right solutions for kitchen furniture if we know what users want – in markets across the globe.’

Dry and wet kitchen

Oils used in Asian cookery are incredibly important and used liberally. This causes airborne grease and odours. That is why some households have two separate kitchens. Guests are invited to the dry kitchen, but the heavy cooking and frying takes place in the wet kitchen.

By hand or machine

In many countries, for example in Finland or Russia, washing up is usually done by hand. These kitchens have a cabinet with a built-in dish rack mounted above the sink. Dishes drip dry out of sight.

Masala or merlot

Herbs and spices are essential to Indian cuisine. No Indian cook could do without a spice box (masala dabba). By contrast, top priority is given to the storage of wine in France. Preferably in a wine cabinet (armoire à vin) directly next to the practical pull-out for baguette.

Roasting or steaming

Europeans will have a hard time finding an oven in a Chinese kitchen. Bamboo or stainless steel steamers are used instead. By contrast, North American kitchens are equipped with very big ovens so that families can cook whole turkeys for Thanksgiving.


Gas, grill or electric

The advantages of a gas stove are appreciated in Asia and France. In Germany, however, people prefer electric cookers with easy-to-clean ceramic or induction hobs. In Ghana, despite modern kitchens, some dishes are traditionally prepared outdoors on a charcoal grill.

Fresh or food stocks

While people in Asia typically buy fresh produce at the market, Europeans like to stock up. This has an impact on their storage space requirements in the kitchen. The most spacious pantries can be found in Australia and New Zealand, where people are likely to shop less frequently because of the distances they have to travel.

Minimum or maximum

Kitchens in China often have a minimalist design because they have to fit into a small footprint. In other countries such as South Africa, kitchens of up to 538 sq. ft. (50 sq. metres) are not uncommon. They are the place where family and friends gather.

Kimchi or crushed ice

Kimchi is a Korean national dish. Koreans are so keen on the food that they might splash out on a special kimchi fridge. Talking about chilling appliances, XL freestanding refrigerators with ice and water dispensers are characteristic of the USA.


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