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'It’s time to end the tyranny of open-concept interior design, and its rhetoric around “entertaining” which have reached new levels of absurdity. Kitchens have been closed for most of the history of common housing because the closed kitchen is actually more efficient for cooking than the sprawling, open “chef’s kitchens.” It enables whoever does the cooking to take fewer steps to perform tasks. The “labor-saving” elements of open floor plans are in some ways labor-creating. A large, single, continuous space is harder to get and keep clean. Messes and smells are no longer isolated. Less house in general means less house to clean. Not separating cooking, living, and dining is also an acoustical nightmare, especially in today’s style of interior design, which avoids carpet, curtains, and other soft goods that absorb sound.'