A study by Silestone Institute on how the kitchen is transforming into a multifunctional, social space

The kitchen, as the centre of life at home, is the space that best reflects the social changes and transformations we are experiencing: it projects our ways of life, how we are, how we behave and how we evolve.” Global Kitchen Study According to the Global Kitchen study, the kitchen has become a multifunctional and social space. This statement is especially valid in these times of sanitary crisis and confinement. It is now more than ever when the kitchen transcends the purely culinary space and becomes a space to share, work, chat, do homework … The Global Kitchen study “The kitchen at the heart of the home”, prepared by the Silestone Institute, is an initiative by Cosentino to analyse the keys to domestic cooking in the 21st century. According to the study, there is a marked tendency for the kitchen as a social space as opposed to less use as a purely “culinary” space. The kitchen welcomes more and more activities typical of other rooms in the home, until it extends to the living room to create a new environment of coexistence in the home.

What activities do we do in the kitchen?
• 43% use the kitchen to make the main meals.
• 29% for meetings with guests.
• 11% to work.
• 17% for other tasks.

What do we prefer when we choose the design of our kitchen?
• 63.5% prioritise functionality (make the most of space).
• 15.1% savings (exterior light, optimal furniture for food preservation, A +++ appliances).
• 12% the quality and durability of the materials.
• 10% design and aesthetics (latest trends in colours, materials, etc.).

Today more than ever, we must stay at home, that’s why, we take the opportunity to continue enjoying the kitchen not only as a culinary space but also as a social gathering place where to share moments.

The Global Kitchen study, presented in 2019, is based on a consumer survey in 9 countries (Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates) and on the expert vision of 23 professionals from different specialties.