The ATTITYD modular kitchen was a response to the kitchen island trend of the Noughties. The prevailing preference for open plan solutions, with kitchen blending seamlessly into living room, turned the kitchen into a social gathering-place where people cooked meals together. The kitchen islands were also easy to take with you when you moved home.
The ATTITYD modular kitchen was designed by Mikael Warnhammar, who had already developed the very first modular kitchen for IKEA, VÄRDE, which was launched in 1999. Mikael Warnhammar had an extensive background and professional experience as a carpenter, builder and construction engineer, and had graduated from the School of Design and Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg in 1988. This is how he described the idea behind ATTITYD: “Most parts of the ATTITYD series are freestanding units on legs or castors, which means they’re easy to move into place and move around. The modern design in plastic and metal also provides good function, as the pieces are durable and easy to look after. It’s quite simply a fantastic kitchen for creative, unpretentious chefs!”
The sliding plastic doors in ATTITYD were a great detail that allowed freedom of movement also in small kitchens. The series included a mini-kitchen, a unit just 120 cm wide. In it, Mikael had included all the main essentials: a ceramic hob with two heating zones, a fridge, a draining board and a sink with mixer tap. The construction was even solid enough to meet the demands of an office kitchenette.
ATTITYD was in the IKEA catalogue for six years, from the 2001 to the 2006 edition. The series won an Excellent Swedish Design award in 2000.