Back when kitchens were contained behind swinging doors, there wasn’t much of a reason to make them a design statement. They always were first and foremost for utilitarian purposes —making meals for the family. But now our kitchens are about so much more than function. They are for homework sessions, family discussions, drinks with friends and much, much more. So if it’s getting more and more difficult to extract guests from the kitchen, why not just make the space reflect all the warm and wonderful things going on inside?