The open kitchen has finally come into its own. When every cup, pot and strainer is so well-designed it would be a shame to conceal them. With proper display, they can be made to look like part of the decorating scheme.

In a small kitchen I designed, actually part of living room. I let everything hang out - except for the kitchen stove. The kitchen is just like a big cupboard. When it's not in use, or when there's a mess immediately after serving dinner, shutter doors close it off, sliding from a track mounted on the ceiling. The kitchen walls doors, are finished in a natural wood, the same finish used for the rest of the room, so that open or closed, the kitchen is still part of the room.

I used industrial brackets and standards, because they are stronger and sturdier than the ordinary residential types, to support the shelves. Believe it or not, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, dishes and glasses outweigh books. The wooden shelves are lacquered in the same finish as the walls. The brackets and standards are inexpensive and attractive and have an additional advantage: They come in many sizes and the shelves can be geared to the size of the items they are supporting. Pots and pans, for example, require more depth than glasses, canned goods or cups and saucers.

The shelves made a handy place to support a clamp-lamp with an adjustable light, a perfect solution for a kitchen where you often need an extra ray of light for special jobs. Two down lights are recessed into the ceiling over the work area. The sink, the stove and under counter refrigerator are all tucked in.