Kitchen furniture has never been more individual
Nothing is more diverse than the existing range of different colours, finishes and materials. Ultimately, it is the blending of these thoroughly heterogeneous materials and colourfulness that results in unique furniture designs and furnishing variants. Giving the current diversity the subtle treatment is an exciting challenge and one that’s fun, as a visit to LivingKitchen shows.
Concrete - Marble of the modern era
he construction material concrete is referred to as the “marble of the modern era”. This modern material is now increasingly also establishing itself in the interiors of sophisticated homes designed along puristic lines. Concrete is a natural, versatile material with a history and a future, and there are almost no limits to the ways it can be used.
Possible applications vary considerably in form and function. Concrete has ideal properties for free design of shapes and surfaces. With its timeless simplicity this impressive material has what it takes for both interior and exterior use, either as the original or replica. When combined with fine woods, stainless steel and strip lights the result is a charming material mix with individual charisma.
Metal effects - From the catwalk directly on to the interior design stage
Architecture and furniture are particular areas where metal effects produce a refined and high quality appearance, due to their special visual appeal and the way they reflect the light. So it’s not surprising that the metallic look is currently one of the hottest design trends. Stainless steel, chrome, gold, silver and even titanium add refinement to fabrics, furniture, accessories and wallpapers.
In fact, any metals can very simply be combined with other materials or colours. Whether in the form of fronts, back panels or shelf systems, the metallic look enables an unusual and elegant living environment to be created, from purism all the way to industrial style.
Handleless - State of the art
The open-plan concepts in architecture and interior design call for a corresponding style of fitting out. Rooms make a very calm, modern and elegant impact if the furniture fronts are not broken up by visible handle elements. Fine lacquer, concrete or metal finishes and veneers are shown off to best effect. At the same time, handleless units are easy to open. Doors and drawer panels with front edges that are bevelled towards the rear, grip ledges set into the door edge or integrated profile finger pulls enable the front to be pulled open. Opening assistance systems, either mechanical or power-driven, support the trend for handleless design. It makes no difference whether for flaps on wall units or sliding doors, the handleless trend can be implemented in all areas of the home, with no limits to custom planning and design.
Carefully designed in every detail
From practical recess and back panel systems to illuminated shelves to highboard or sideboard solutions with the emphasis on design or glass showcases, the exhibitors have everything that goes to make a modern fitted kitchen - and more. After all, it’s the stand-alone units, shelves and decorative details that actually make fluid transitions into dining and living areas possible.