Slide & Hide: Modern Space-Saving Kitchens
There when you want it, gone when you don’t – that is the essence of this elegant two-part ‘Moove’ series of modular built-in kitchen designs. The pair of wall-mounted and center island solutions are different in appearance (and disappearance), but the streamlined sliding-and-hiding approach is the same. Space-saving kitchens have never looked so good.
In one, the top moves down while the bottom slides up to meet it, hiding the entire set of cabinetry, cooking surfaces and appliances inside a glossy red box. A combination of fold-hinged cabinets above and flush-to-surface sliding drawers below conceal additional storage spaces. If you’re really sneaky, you could even close it up at the press of a button to conceal a mess when an unexpected guest arrives. The effect is elegant and minimalist, perfect for modern kitchens that don’t have a lot of space to spare.
In the other design, an internal rectangles slides sideways out from a stable island work surface, revealing a stove and sink within. While perhaps the less visually impressive of the two, this strategy is arguably more successful at actually saving space since the closed configuration effectively cuts in half the physical footprint required for these core kitchen elements.
After all, most people only use their stovetops a couple times a day at most. It makes sense to tuck it away when it’s not in use, eliminating visual clutter. This clever sliding kitchen solution frees up just enough space to make your home feel a whole lot bigger, and best of all, it’s not more complicated than it needs to be— at least on the surface.
When you take a closer look, the effect accomplished by Florida Furniture with the Moove series is deceptively simple. The real trickery goes on behind the scenes, from the stove connections to the sink plumbing. These are designed adapt to shifts in corresponding appliance positions. Can your kitchen do all that?