CENTER VALLEY, PA - Using cabinetry designs to turn into sociable centers, Yestertec Design Co. has launched Kitchen Workstation Furniture, giving designers a new way to create a live-in kitchen.

"People today spend so much time in and around the kitchen even when they are not cooking and eating," says David Beer, company founder and developer of the cabinetry line. "Why not create a kitchen that is less like a built-in laboratory and more like the comfortable 'living' areas of the home?" 

Beer, whose firm is based in Center Valley, PA, says a furnished kitchen is created by using three to five separate pieces of task-oriented workstations instead of continuous runs of countertops and cabinetry.

To create the look of furniture, all YesterTec lines feature exclusive U.L. Listed technology that allows all the "hot" appliances, like ovens and cooktops, to be safely concealed from view when they are not being used.

"Although our workstations are so efficient and technically advanced, it is the spaces that are created between each piece that make these kitchens so unique," says Beer, who is also an architect. In addition to Kitchen Workstations Beer has designed Stealth Kitchens hidden in armoires.

Because each piece is freestanding and separated by spaces, heights and depths of the units can vary, allowing performance opportunities that aren't possible in standard cabinetry kitchens. With deeper countertops and deeper drawers and storage areas in the "reach zone", each piece is more efficient per lineal foot than typical in-line cabinetry, Beer says.

The component approach to the cabinetry allows spaces that contain full height windows and doors, houseplants, artwork, shelving with all kinds of collections and even smaller antiques to define the character of the room, Beer says. The spaces between each piece allow the floor, wall and ceiling finishes to flow from one area to another.  "Creating a room with workstations eliminates the boundary between the kitchen area and the living area," Beer says. "It's really a new kind of Great Room."

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