ruminations about architecture and design

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

manifesto--dining room edition

This is not a picture of a dining room, but we won't let that stop us. American homes need to rid themselves of the most useless space in the house. The distinction between a dining room and a more general eating area can be a fine one, but architecturally, we can identify a formal dining room by its near total lack of use. This occurs once the space is bounded by four walls and furnished in such a way to discourage casual meals. Proximity to the kitchen is compromised, on purpose, so that an air of obsolete social convention is preserved.

An eat-in kitchen is somewhat misleading. It is possible to eat food in any kitchen, but as soon as a definitive place is created for a table, and a subsequently redundant space is created for another, larger table nearby, then the sin of "dining room" is perpetuated. Islands and seating counters don't count.

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