The Mini Kitchen
We've been looking at great ways of saving space, or even taking your home on the road when you travel – then we found out that Joe Colombo's 1963 Mini Kitchen was back. Throughout the Sixties, the Italian architect and designer conceived some innovative designs for flexible living, which he called Total Furnishing Units. His Mini Kitchen was tiny, but managed to contain hotplates, an oven, a grill, a fridge, drawers, a knife rack and a bookshelf. All powered by one plug. It was his view of the future, and the future has finally caught up with him.
The Mini Kitchen or Carellone was designed by Colombo for kitchen manufacturer Paolo Boffi, who went on to sell a small number of the units (above left). Forty years on, Boffi are producing them all over again (above right). It's a little different (instead of wood and metal, it's made out of Corian and looks a little like a photocopier), but the design remains the same. Just think… if you get bored of cooking in your kitchen, you can move the whole thing into your bathroom. RM