One of the things I collect is images of kitchens that break the “rules” – and I’m especially happy if the outcome looks like a successful one:
Successful, that is, from a purely aesthetic point of view. This must have been a very small and very constrained kitchen in the first place – surely otherwise no one would choose to line all the appliances up next to each other. A dishwasher right in the corner is never ideal (you really want enough space for someone to stand between the open dishwasher door and the cabinets). And while I don’t object on principle to the range beneath the window, this looks like an operable sash window with a combustible sill just a few inches from the gas burners – no local inspector is going to let that pass!
But I do admire the designer’s decision to stick with under-counter refrigeration, and to forgo wall cabinets entirely. It makes the kitchen so much more open and airy than its tiny footprint would predict. Even more amazing that this was published in 1991 – if it wasn’t for the dated appliances, it could have been hot off the presses just yesterday. Although in that case, I’d be willing to bet the skinny little island would have a white marble top instead…
I can’t see any lighting at all - I wonder if that’s photoshop wizardry, or is there a giant flush fluorescent fixture just out of the frame?