Cooking up a Fresh Kitchen. The latest design trends strike a balance between new and traditional. BY BRUCE BEINFIELD. any of us remember the unique space of our childhood kitchens…the special pot Grandma used to cook our favorite meal, Dad’s place at the kitchen table, the relationship of various family members to specific dishes, after-dinner conversations…Today, though the goal of a modern kitchen remains to set this same stage and to foster many of these same feelings and activities, kitchen design has both evolved dramatically and returned to its original roots as the centerpiece of a home.