There is definitely an enduring trend of the modern kitchen being open plan. Seeing the kitchen as part of the living space is not only sensible but also relational. The reality is that our environments we find ourselves in are driven and many times overwhelming. With that said, we are not about to prescribe that an integrated living space will eradicate the above mentioned realities but there is something to be said about living and performing functions in a space that is ordered, functional and ultimately relational.
It is not enough to only achieve this in the kitchen. The most successful designs, to us, are therefore those that seamlessly integrate the kitchen with the surrounding spaces, achieving a workflow that enhances the experience of every user.
The modern kitchen is indeed a collaboration of various zones therefore, due to its open plan nature and all spaces needing to work in harmony. The cooking and prep function needs to be able to be performed in conjunction with the social and activity function that is demanded in the modern kitchen. Considering that the kitchen now needs to serve not only various functions but various users, is important. Whether the space is small or large, attention must be given to the allocation of critical kitchen tasks, achieved through breaking the kitchen into various zones.