Tracing the Trajectory: The Evolution of Interior Design in Indian Kitchens

Volume: 07 | Issue: 01 | Year 2024 | Subscription
International Journal of Architectural Heritage
Received Date: 02/24/2024
Acceptance Date: 04/06/2024
Published On: 2024-05-21
First Page: 43
Last Page: 58

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By: Ms. Shalinee Tripathi and Dr. Deepti Pande Rana

1 Student Amity School of Architecture and Planning, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Campus
2 Associate Professor Amity School of Architecture and Planning, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Campus


Abstract: This research delves into the historical progression and contemporary manifestations of interior
design within Indian kitchens, tracing a comprehensive timeline from antiquity to the present day. The kitchen, an integral space in Indian households, has undergone a remarkable transformation, influenced by cultural practices, technological advancements, and socio-economic dynamics. The journey commences with ancient Indian civilizations, where kitchens were rudimentary spaces closely intertwined with daily rituals and culinary traditions. The architectural remnants and historical texts from the Harappan and Vedic periods provide valuable insights into early kitchen design, characterized by hearths, clay utensils, and communal cooking practices. The timeline progresses through various epochs, encompassing the influences of successive rulers and cultural exchanges. The Mughal era introduced elements of grandeur and sophistication to Indian kitchens, with the integration of intricate architectural details and opulent materials. Colonial rule brought about significant shifts, as European influences permeated design aesthetics and introduced new technologies, altering the spatial layout and functionality of kitchens. In the post-independence era, there was a resurgence of indigenous design elements, accompanied by a renewed appreciation for traditional craftsmanship and materials. This period witnessed the coalescence of modern conveniences with vernacular sensibilities, resulting in a hybridized approach to kitchen design. The contemporary landscape of Indian kitchens is characterized by a convergence of global trends and local adaptations. Modular kitchen systems, smart appliances, and sustainable design practices are increasingly prevalent, reflecting evolving lifestyles and aspirations. Additionally, there is a growing emphasis on ergonomic layouts, multifunctional spaces, and aesthetic customization to cater to diverse household needs. Through an interdisciplinary approach encompassing historical research, architectural analysis, and contemporary case studies, this report illuminates the evolutionary trajectory of interior design in Indian kitchens. It underscores the dynamic interplay between tradition and modernity, culture and technology, offering valuable insights for designers, architects, and homeowners seeking to navigate the evolving landscape of culinary spaces.

Keywords: Indian kitchens, Interior design, Evolution, Traditional, Modern, Cultural influences,
Socio-economic factors, Technology, Functionality,



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