YesterTec Kitchen Design Company

When a Room Needs to be More... and Less... Than a Kitchen!

Highlights of the YesterTec Kitchen Workstation Furniture Concept

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Is it a Kitchen or a Family Room?

YesterTec makes specialized Kitchen Workstation Furniture (instead of cabinets) for kitchens that need to be more...and less than just kitchens. They are designed to integrate the look and functions of our social spaces such as family rooms, greatrooms, libraries, study areas into the kitchen. Our multi-functional kitchens which are the center of our homes do not have to have the look of a laboratory anymore.

YesterTec Workstations are not cabinets, they are furniture for the kitchen; tough, task oriented furniture. It doesn’t have the furniture ‘look’ because it is genuine furniture, not cabinets trying to be furniture. The popular terms ‘unfitted furniture’ and ‘ unfitted furniture-look’ only describe cabinetry that has been adorned with furniture-like features.

Innovation is the Difference
YesterTec’s Kitchen Workstation Furniture has been designed from the ground up as furniture, not as transformed cabinetry. Furniture in kitchens must be much more efficient than normal two foot deep cabinetry to compensate for the ‘space’ that is lost between each separate piece. YesterTec designs each piece so that efficiency is not sacrificed. YesterTec’s task oriented workstations have deeper and sometimes additional countertops within the ‘reach zone’ around cooktops and sinks. Taking cues from the commercial kitchen work stations found in restaurant kitchens, YesterTec’s pieces are designed to maximize efficiency in a shorter horizontal space. This efficiency is why a few YesterTec pieces really can become an entire kitchen, and other ‘furniture-look cabinetry simply cannot get the job done!
Deeper countertops also produce deeper storage systems as well. Full-extension, 26" deep (instead of 22" deep) drawers and roll-out trays instead of fixed shelving are standard features that increase storage capacities. Full-height storage pantries and pantry/refrigerator pieces sometimes even have sides that open for more accessible storage.
Revolutionary furniture for kitchens required a Revolutionary Invention!
Period Design does not have to be compromised in the kitchen anymore, because YesterTec Workstations uncompromisingly conceal the modern technology from view. YesterTec’s U.L. Listed Workstations can completely and safely conceal standard, full sized ovens, microwaves, cooktops and dishwashers. This unique technology does not allow the more technical look of appliances to interfere with the ‘timeless’ character of the furniture and ultimately, the design character of the room.
Hey Mom, Where did you hide the Kitchen?
Concealing technology gives the Homeowner the best of two worlds.: A low tech, more comfortable feel to a room without giving up the conveniences of a modern kitchen. Finally, homeowners have the opportunity to choose what they want to see, instead of being told what they must see.
Subzero hides refrigerators, we hide all the other appliances!
YesterTec’s appliance concealing technology is patented and therefore, YesterTec is the only company in the world that can conceal standard appliances so effectively.
Furniture instead of cabinetry. Why is it so visually appealing?
One of the key visual features is ‘Balance’. Each piece has recognizable gravity, it sits on the floor, it never cantilevers from the wall. There is a definable base, a finishing cornice and finished sides to define each 3-dimensional piece. The pieces don’t combine together, which allows the heights and depths of the units, the materials, the colors and the textures to be varied from one piece to the next. Cabinetry, that has no distinguishable boundaries or proportions, depends on the continuity of color and texture to achieve an overall ‘balance’ for the design. But this also can produce a bland, uninteresting composition as well.
Its Sculpture for the Kitchen!
Kitchens become more 3 dimensionally oriented because the eye moves in and out from each balanced ‘piece’ to the next, experiencing the varied depths of the voids between the units. The balanced, proportional design of each piece is comforting to the eye, and helps to make a collection of pieces easy to comprehend.
To personalize your Kitchen, fill in the Spaces!
YesterTec kitchens are vertically oriented, creating a multitude of design opportunities for the spaces that are created between the pieces. Designers have more to work with than just the back-splash of the traditional horizontally oriented kitchen. The spaces between each YesterTec piece can accommodate collections of art, open shelving for display or utilitarian purposes, full height windows, specimen house plants, or even your favorite rocker! And remember, YesterTec’s workstations are more efficient per lineal foot of length so as to compensate for the spaces between the units.
Natural Materials come back to the Kitchen!
YesterTec uses natural, but durable materials to optimize the function and beauty of the workstations. Granite, Slate, Marble, Butcher Block and Cherry work tops evoke the look and feel of quality. Specially designed Soapstone sinks add to the enduring character. Solid wood components are protected with durable, hi-tech finishes, once again blending the quality of (Yester)day’s materials with the (Tec)hnology of today’s innovations.
Renovating? I’ll take two!
A YesterTec Kitchen can be composed of all workstations or just a couple workstations combined with more traditional built-ins. This approach makes workstations affordable for many markets.
Classic, Timeless Designs are versatile!
An even richer experience can be created if a home owner’s antique pieces are integrated into a YesterTec kitchen. YesterTec’s beautiful classic designs are not reproductions of any particular style, but are designed to blend with either more ornate antiques or more streamlined design found in contemporary pieces. Above, the corner piece is an antique cupboard and three YesterTec workstations were selected to complement it.
Kitchen Showroom is on the move!
YesterTec’s Showroom, The Kitchen Works, features movable workstations that allow the homeowner to model many characteristics of their new kitchen prior to ordering it. Homeowners can touch and feel their kitchen before they buy it. This is almost impossible to do in traditional built-in kitchen design showrooms.
A Designer’s Dream!
YesterTec’s catalog features pre-designed and pre-priced components that allows designers to create an endless variety of pieces to satisfy their clients needs. The designer no longer needs to create furniture from scratch, YesterTec has produced a system of components that designers can depend on to produce well balanced, functional pieces. Designers don’t have to experiment with their own untested, prototypical designs, they just need to make selections from an extensive palette of materials, textures, colors and sizes. In addition, prices are quickly generated with YesterTec’s custom computer database system. This process speeds up the design time line, making it easier for the designer and client to stay focused on the design problems.
Key to our design services, our very fast custom CAD 3-D rendering software enables a customer to walk through their design while still in the design phase of the project.
Pack it up, move it out!
Independent pieces of furniture can be moved when a homeowner moves to a new home. The mobility of the workstations promotes the concept of a lifetime investment, a common practice in Europe, where most standard cabinetry is modular so that it can be moved several times during a homeowner’s lifetime. The Award Winning* Complete Kitchen Armoire below can be used in a variety of rooms in the house and then can be moved to a new location at any time!
Its Collectable! You just can’t do it with normal cabinetry!
Each piece has a uniquely numbered brass ‘YesterTec’ plate, signifying that no two pieces are ever the same. The heirloom quality, innovative features and timeless look of the pieces can make YesterTec pieces ‘collectable’ as times goes on. In addition, people have started a ‘collection’ of YesterTec pieces by buying one piece at a time, something that is impossible to do with built in cabinets. This allows ‘starter’ homebuyers or renovators to update their kitchens incrementally, instead of purchasing an entire kitchen all at once.
For Kitchens that need to be completely hidden and built-in, YesterTec's STEALTH KITCHEN MODULES may be the answer.
For a more comprehensive study of the concept of designing kitchens with furniture instead of cabinetry, please go to A DESIGNER'S GUIDE: Kitchen Workstation Furniture.


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YesterTec: When a Room Needs to be More... and Less... Than a Kitchen!