Small, large, hi-tech, vintage, modular or made to measure. In the design world, kitchens never seem to cease to be fascinating, desirable and inspiring. Perhaps because they are places where we have memories from childhood, where we would keep our parents and relatives company while they busily whipped up meals that seemed wonderful, from a quick dinner at the end of a busy day midweek to lengthy preparations for lunch on some festive occasion. When we were little we would be hovering around the action, eyeing what went on, helping out or just watching that bustle made up of perfect movements, sudden urgencies and dramas over unsuccessful recipes. Perhaps this is another reason why, when it comes to kitchens, styles often coexist more than in any other interior. Everyone fantasizes about their ideal dining space, seeking to find what best matches their needs and even more their personality. You can learn a lot by studying the kitchens of friends or people you’ve just met. In some way it is the most lived-in part of the house, the one that through the passing years undergoes the greatest transformations, never changing completely but becoming layered with objects, essential modern appliances that then remain unused and turn into something else, with assorted photos, newspaper clippings, plants, fabrics and magnets. The kitchen is the album of memories and perhaps this is why it is one of the furnishing elements that most occupies the budgets of those who have to furnish a home. A kitchen is (more or less) forever, and has to belong to us from the very first moment.