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Even if you haven't tried your hand at kitchen design, you probably know the term kitchen work triangle. Even your clients use the phrase. It's a term that came out of 1930's industrial-style time-and-motion studies, and defines the movement of the cook from refrigerator to sink to range. The basic concept is simple: If the appliances and fixtures are too far apart, you waste time and energy walking around all the time. If they're too close to each other, the work spaces are cramped. However, like all good ideas, it's easy to turn this one into an absolute rule, rather than a flexible guideline. Design has to be practical, but you lose a lot if your thinking is too rigid early