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Kitchen design should emphasize planning for proper work flow. Aesthetics, cabinetry, and appliances all matter, of course, but a truly successful kitchen design must also relate to cooking as a process. That's because cooking is not a single operation, but a series of independent subsystems: grocery intake and storage, food preparation, cooking, baking, cleanup, and so forth These activities take place in a certain order, on a predictable, routine basis. If any one of the subsystems is inadequate, then so is the entire working system. The Triangle Concept Few residential kitchens actually work this way. Why? Most are based on the so-called kitchen triangle — an idea that emerged from a small-house study conducted at the University of Illinois in the