The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home, or the most important room in the house. In my home, our kitchen is a hive of activity: kids in and out, rooting through cupboards, neighbours and friends having a cup of coffee at the table – and me: perpetually cooking, making use of every spare inch of space.

When we examine modern-day kitchens, what do we expect to see? I, personally, want storage solutions from my kitchen, while making as minimal an environmental impact as possible. I also want my kitchen to be inviting, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.