Kitchain: A Modular Kitchen For Big Communal Meals

What’s better than cooking and eating with friends? Cooking and eating with lots of friends. This new project lets you bring the home cooking and eating experience anywhere, and create a communal eating experience wherever you are.

Planning a large dinner party? Or a very large dinner party? Or a small dinner party, for that matter?

Check out Kitchain, a modular kitchen system for communal meals. Kitchain is made up of several different units, each with its own function, which can be linked to create a cooking and dining area for groups of any size. There are units for range-top cooking and for grilling, each complete with a toolkit of cookware and utensils. There’s also a bar, a mini-market, a cash register, and a cleaning-up station. You just pick the elements you want, link them together with dining tables, and enjoy one of humanity’s most longstanding traditions: sharing a meal with friends old and new.

Kitchain, designed by Benedetta Maxia and António Louro, was originally created for the Belluard Bollwerk festival in 2011. This month it was set up at the Artefact arts festival in Leuven, Belgium, where it seems to have been a hit. It’s not for sale, but you can reserve it for your own event through the project’s website. The Kitchain crew will come and cook for you or you can ask them to set it up in "DIY" mode so people can prepare their own food.

Bon appétit!

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  • CitizenWhy

    Sounds good. When I was growing up we used to have frequent big meals for extended family and neighbors. There was always a variety of excellent freshly brewed coffees and teas and excellent drinks, from pre-prandials to liquers, and home made desserts. The odors were marvelous, the conversation lively, civil and intelligent, serious with regular burst of humor. And we were not rich! The meals were held at the shared double decker home of two aunts and uncles. The place had three kitchens, each with a different meal being prepared. My mother and aunts were excellent cooks, as was my father and one uncle, but the women did not want the men in the kitchens for these meals, the men being, as they put it, more trouble than they were worth. The women preparing the meals ran from a crew of about nine to about fifteen. The shared work made it easy for the cooking women to sit frequently for long stretches with all the others in attendance, enjoying a meal cooked in a kitchen different from where they had labored. Of course one of my aunts was a success in catering, my mother often helped when English sandwiches and puddings were required, and another aunt was a master baker.My relatives were all raised in Ireland but my mother learned everything about English specialties from a titled English lady neighbor who hosted regular events requiring a preparation crew of non-servant women guests, my mother and some other young girl neighbors included.