Can you find the microwave? By thinking in advance, very early in the design process, one can plan to almost truly hide a black microwave within a black cabinet in an interesting way.
After pulling items out of the microwave, one can turn around and use the island to place things on. Good height. microwave is not tucked away a difficult corner, but an easy access location particularly convenient to the refrigerator.
In this very modern and simple kitchen in Shanghai, the microwave sits just at counter height. In keeping with the low-lying aesthetics of the space, the microwave is in the same visual plane as the window.
This is interesting. The microwave is a bit set back from the countertop but I see real life happening around this microwave: a couple teenagers doing their homework on these stools while noshing on some nachos that Mom just pulled out of the microwave.
Not everyone needs a large microwave, and in this kitchen, the microwave has no need to take on any kind of visual prominence. I barel notice it neatly tucked into the corner where it can still be easily accessed for quick re-heats.
This seamless arrangement of geometry not only creates an aesthetic continuity, but also, puts the microwave smack dab in the middle at Central Command. From any area of the kitchen, the microwave (and oven) are easily accessed.
It works! The microwave, like everything else in this spacious kitchen, is an open spot where no one needs to worry about bumping elbows with too many cooks --- or dogs --- in the kitchen.
A convenient location, right in between the refrigerator and oven/cooktop, and a small little stretch of countertop to boot. What's not to love?
The proximity of the microwave to both the refrigerator and oven/stovetop is a classic arrangement.
Here the microwave is charmingly tucked into a corner with the refrigerator on one side, and the sink on the other. A mini-cook zone in it's own right - I'm picturing the late night munchies and microwaved Swiss Miss happening right here in this cozy, sweet spot.
The microwave's placement in a open-ended wall of the kitchen makes it easy to bring warmed food to other rooms of the house. Or, right here, on this inviting eat-in kitchen table.
A classic location for the microwave, hovering comfortably above the cooktop and with open countertop surfaces on either side to place items. Not my favored location, but many people find this to be a good solution.
A concealed microwave at the far right of the countertop in the center, this door lifts up and retracts back into the space. Keep the door open while the microwave cools. In this case, there is air space behind the microwave for that purpose.