While popular before World War II, closed kitchens fell out of favor for more spacious designs over the last few decade. But now, they’ve been making a comeback.
Treehugger’s Lloyd Alter lists three advantages for closed kitchens. First, they contribute to health by keeping delicious foods out of sight and out of mind. Second, they improve the air quality of a house by containing chemical gasses, smoke, soot and odors. Third, they eliminate the need for giant islands, which Alter finds “silly.”