The Cart Kitchen reimagines the kitchen cabinet entirely through an unusual yet logical material: shopping carts.
This unique kitchen remodel required a careful design response. Roaches, rats, and mice completely infested the existing dilapidated wooden cabinetry. The elderly owner (the designer's grandfather) was unable to clean the surfaces nor locate goods in the rat-nest clutter. The budget was just above zero. SMASH saw an opportunity for improvement through innovation. Thus, the kitchen cabinets were to be made of five modified shopping carts. The carts are readily available as street litter, and the open frames disable any pests' inhabitation by exposing every crevice, while simultaneously displaying the food for ease in locating. The free cart frames (all design/labor provided by SMASH pro bono) allowed the budget to be used elsewhere, mostly the pest-resistant cork tile flooring.