'For a traveller, a household kitchen in a strange land is usually a remote destination, but it is one that tells the 'truth' about food and everyday life, ' says Nao Saito, architect and designer from Japan. A kitchen is usually thought of as a particular arrangement of space. But a space is not just a fixed physical structure - it is also fluid, shaped by the way in which people use it. Keeping this connection in mind, Nao Saito set out to explore a colourful variety of kitchens during her stay in South India. With her abiding interest in people and cookery, she finally came up with this richly perceptive travelogue, bringing together floor plans, sketches, photographs, impressions, recipes and conversation. In the process, South Indian kitchens emerge as more than just domestic spaces- they are distinctive ways of living and relating to the world.
Nao Saito is an architect and designer based in Tokyo, Japan. She studied architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo, and spatial design at University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland. She is interested in people's perception of space and how people standing next to each other view things so differently. She explores this in her design by working on projects such as tactile maps, workshops on "seeing" architecture with all five senses, exhibition design and house design.