The little kitchen
Mini-apartments and tiny houses are the topics that are discussed in the media today. A social phenomenon that is the result of demographic facts.
The number of single households is increasing steadily and many couples and young families limit themselves to smaller living quarters with high real estate and rental prices in the city centers.
Urban Living is also characterized by professional nomads who work in a city during the week and are with their families at the weekend.
Built-in hoods from berbel: the solution for small kitchens
This has an impact on the construction and furnishing sectors. Mini-apartments become micro-apartments, primarily in student cities. Small prefabricated houses are designed so that they can be placed on … [READ MORE]
GERA lights: new products for 2020
The world is changing and with it the way people design their living space.
One of the most obvious developments is the increase in open floor plans.
The different functional zones of an apartment merge. Kitchen, living and dining room become one.
This opening also changes the kitchen architecture: wall units are disappearing, storage space, cooking and sink areas are increasingly being planned as islands.
Dump fans extracting downwards detach the extractor hood.
These changes in living space design also bring with them new requirements and possibilities for lighting: island experiences.
The island experience
If the hung furniture is painted during planning, the storage space becomes scarcer and with the wall cupboards space for … [READ MORE]
Aquno Select M81 wins Gold
The hansgrohe Aquno Select M81 kitchen faucet brought home gold in the KitchenInnovation of the Year® 2020.
For the 14th time, the independent LifeCare initiative presented the internationally recognized awards for products that are especially consumer friendly.
In all, 28 products were honored as KitchenInnovation of the Year® 2020, with ten products securing the top honor in their category, namely the Golden Award – Best of the Best, including the hansgrohe Aquno Select M81 kitchen faucet.
Wellness for Fruit and Vegetables
hansgrohe presents the future of smart workflow in the kitchen – for aspiring chefs and food lovers for whom cooking is more than just preparing food.
With its new Aquno Select M81 kitchen … [READ MORE]
New: Premea in a popular trendy colour
Personalisation is a hot topic – not least also in the furnishing industry.
The demand for pieces of furniture that can be customised according to the respective needs and requirements is as high as never before.
However, the functional features and aesthetics also have to be spot on. Vauth-Sagel takes precisely all of these aspects on board with its range of cabinet interior storage shelves and baskets.
The specialist for storage solutions will now also demonstrate this at the kbb Birmingham – for example with the popular design line Premea in a new shade called Lava Grey.
Customisable shelf and basket versions
All show and no substance? – Not with Vauth-Sagel’s extensive … [READ MORE]
A solution to most applications
The Salice universal hinge has been developed to provide a solution to most applications in the field of furniture doors.
The hinge can be used with a very wide range of door materials and thicknesses.
In addition to the classic cup for wooden doors, there is a plate-fixed version that is bonded to glass doors or mirrors.
And a third version with a screw-fixed plate for doors made of the special and thinner materials that are becoming increasingly popular, such as metal, ceramics, cements, quartz composites, HPL, HDF and MDF.
These plates are equipped with screws that have been developed specifically to obtain the highest holding strength in materials with a minimum thickness of 8 … [READ MORE]
Together with the furniture builders into the digital world
Häfele presents itself to its partners at Holz-Handwerk 2020 in Nuremberg as a pioneer and companion in the digital world and as a holistic furniture expert.
At booth 318 / 318a in hall 10.1, there will be numerous innovative digital service offers in addition to a firework of pioneering products for furniture construction.
The focus is on a new generation of configurators. It facilitates individual end customer advice with a special experience value, furniture planning, configuration and finally ensures a smooth order directly through the Häfele online shop.
Convince with new services and products
Häfele completes its support along the entire woodworking value chain.
Specialist advisors, the Häfele Academy and online … [READ MORE]
REHAU at HOLZ-HANDWERK 2020
Anyone who chooses a solution from a carpenter or interior designer is looking for advice, ideas or options for individualization – and finally for the precise, handcrafted implementation.
REHAU has adapted precisely to these requirements: The product portfolio ranges from surface materials to edgebands to modular systems.
When it comes to colors and decors, REHAU pays attention to the design network, so that everything also harmonizes with the material mix. This extensive range of products is accompanied by a wide range of services: sample cases or sample collections are already available to the carpenter for the consultation.
And finally, the online configurators from REHAU help with quick and smooth planning. At Holz-Handwerk 2020, visitors can … [READ MORE]
Moving furniture parts under power
At ZOW 2020 in Bad Salzuflen, Schwinn fittings GmbH, Ober-Ramstadt, showed a way to illuminate handles on moving furniture parts.
With the aim of reducing the complexity of assembly, the company has registered two utility models: The development of the LED went hand in hand with that of a swivel arm to conduct electricity in pull-outs and drawers.
The “Schwinn Light System” expands the repertoire to individually design furniture fronts.
The innovation is based on the vision of enriching handles with a new dimension and giving rooms an atmosphere.
Up to now, decorative fittings only had an effect on their shape, material and surface, you can now also use your light to influence the … [READ MORE]
Headroom hoods Mythos, Neo and Lago
Franke is expanding its portfolio of powerful headroom hoods with three attractive models: a Mythos variant and the new developments Neo and Lago.
In addition to three performance levels, all hoods also have an intensive level with 700 m³ / h for Mythos and Lago and 720 m³ / h for the Neo.
The successful Mythos headroom hoods from Franke stand for minimalist aesthetics.
Thanks to the latest technology combined with clever filter systems, they effectively eliminate steam and odors – powerful and extremely quiet with excellent energy efficiency.
A real eye catcher is the new trendy matt-black structured look in honeycomb look.
Depending on the incidence of light, however, it creates noble … [READ MORE]
Innovative cooktop and extractor hood
With the Downline and the Downline Compact, berbel, the manufacturer of innovative ventilation technology from Rheine in Westphalia, offers technology in a double pack.
Downline combines a modern induction hob with an integrated, powerful extractor hood and the patented berbel principle for highly effective air purification.
Ingenious technology for more user-friendliness
The induction field of the berbel cooktop extractors has an intuitive control that is located in the middle of the front edge.
Four spacious cooking zones are controlled via this control panel using sensor buttons and offer the right size for every cooking and pan format.
The practical slider can be activated with a simple tap or a slight wiping movement to control … [READ MORE]
A modern classic with clever details
Stainless steel is the classic sink material and has been tried and tested millions of times. The elegant material blends harmoniously into any kitchen design and is extremely durable.
For kitchens where functionality is paramount and ease of use should not be neglected, Blanco now has a new performance class of stainless steel sinks with the Classimo family.
It inspires with its timeless design, generous bowl volume and trumps with extra features that make every handle on the sink more comfortable. Classimo thus exceeds the common standards in its category.
The modern InFino drain system and the concealed C-overflow overflow are integrated in all models. In addition – another novelty in this sink category … [READ MORE]
Quadro Compact with fresh features
Refrigerators are now much more than simple devices for storing food. Useful features help make everyday kitchen life more and more comfortable for users.
Hettich makes its contribution as an innovative solution provider for the “cold sector”.
The manufacturer has now sensibly supplemented its Quadro Compact product family: The current full extension program for fresh food compartments surprises with new, intelligent functions for ergonomic work, a complete overview and easy access to all the supplies in the refrigerator.
With a load of 20, 40, 60 or 80 kg, the Quadro Compact product family can serve the entire drawer portfolio in the refrigerator – from the small, internal fresh storage compartment to the large, wide front … [READ MORE]
The RAUVOLET tambour door solutions
Tambour door cabinets are the epitome of the new generation of space savers. The cabinets are the basis for smart space concepts, including options for individuali-sation or branding with a company logo.
They combine functional advantages like mobility and easy operation with new design approaches.
RAUVOLET solutions by REHAU are available in a multitude of materials, mechanisms, surfaces, colours and decorative designs – for a comprehensive range of applications in the kitchen, bathroom, office or living room.
These tambour doors are a special eye-catcher wherever they are installed.
In terms of surface design, the portfolio ranges from polymer variants to genuine glass shutter systems all the way to sound-absorbing solutions for office applications. Since July … [READ MORE]
Shelving units are taking kitchen and home environments by storm. By offering an open storage space that is both straightforward and effortless to access, they contribute to a spacious and airy living space concept.
What’s more, the choice of material also creates a contemporary industrial style.
This trend has inspired Kesseböhmer to develop a ladder shelving unit. It was the focus at SICAM 2019 in Pordenone under the name of „YouK“.
The unit centres around a basic frame system made of high-quality steel.
Thanks to their special expertise in the field of metalwork and metal processing, Kesseböhmer are producing it in five different heights (between 550 and 2,210 mm), three depths (200, 320 and 520 mm) and two colours (alpine … [READ MORE]
New filter tap Franke Vital – Fresh, clear and tasty
In house4kitchen 2019, Franke presented the first filter tap with the Franke Clear Water Capsule System under the motto “Ready Steady Drink”.
Thanks to the new patented filter technology and an extremely small filter capsule, it dispenses tasty and healthy drinking water directly from the filter into the glass.
Franke launches three Vital models of fittings: the “2 in 1” solutions with a classic fixed spout or as a trendy Semi Pro version and a compact Vital Top version as a standalone mixer exclusively for filtered water.
Patented filter system
The Franke Clear Water Capsule filter stands for quality and performance “Made in Switzerland” and is the first system … [READ MORE]
Now in matt black: mixer taps, detergent dispenser and pull knob
Striking, elegant and timeless at the same time: the color black is a sought-after design element in the staging of sophisticated interiors. Black conquers a favorite role in nearly all components of the kitchen and finds itself in different furnishing styles again.
The color can be combined excellently with natural wood, exposed concrete and white. Perfect for this trend is the new matt black finish, which Blanco now offers for two fitting models and several accessories. Both Linus and Linus-S and Blanco Catris-S Flexo with flexible spout are available in the new color for a perfect match to the living and kitchen ambience.
Also available in matt black is … [READ MORE]
Schwinn changes things up in the kitchen: Grabbing attention with textured railing pulls
Subtle, delicate, or expressive like a torsion pipe in a power plant – the new Schwinn railing pulls cover a wide range of textures and all of them are available in any length.
With this new collection Schwinn, known mostly for their pulls used in living room and bathroom applications, is making a strong push into the kitchen market. The new products are shown at SICAM 2019 in Pordenone, Italy.
As kitchens are integrated into an open plan, they become less of a workspace. Transitions are seamless and relaxed accent pieces are showing up in places where everybody is coming together to cook, bake, eat, and … [READ MORE]
„SpaceFlexx“ tidies up pull-outs
A new way of storing food containers of different shapes and sizes in pull-outs, saving space and providing clarity, is now making its debut. „SpaceFlexx“ works with a flexible, elastic material, making optimal use of the storage space. Time-consuming searching, shaking and tipping over belong to the past. Kesseböhmer is presenting the innovation for the first time at SICAM 2019 in the Italian city of Pordenone.
The organising principle is so simple and ingenious: A framework of chrome-plated metal struts and plastic components connects five innovative horizontal dividers that can be moved along the struts. This innovation made of high-tech textile webbing “made in Germany” is called „nesttex“ and heralds undreamt-of possibilities.
Irrespective of their shape … [READ MORE]
Update for the undercover helpers
Installed almost invisibly in the wall unit, the narrow berbel built-in extractor hoods impress with their amazing performance.
Powerful and quiet, they provide clean air in the kitchen in convection or exhaust air operation, by centrifugal force and without the use of efficiency-reducing grease filters.
The updated product ranges can be adjusted to standardized dimensions of the berbel models Firstline, Firstline Touch and Glassline even easier to plan and assemble. And the design of the hoods Firstline and Firstline Touch has won in its puristic lines. It convinces with a straightforward and elegant silhouette.
Equipped with a concentrated package of advanced kitchen technology, the compact flat fan scores with its efficient and powerful trigger … [READ MORE]
New design freedom with a high comfort factor
Following the “Red Dot Design Award” and the Australian “Gold Star Award”, Hettich’s WingLine L folding door system has now been awarded the “Good Design Award” by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.
WingLine L stands for a variety of design options and reliable ease of use. It is the first folding door system on the market that can be used to consistently implement trendy, handleless furniture design.
Open up unused storage space
Whether in the wardrobe, in the niche or in the kitchen: Hettich’s WingLine L is the folding door system that is convincing in a wide range of applications: Wherever it gets narrow and … [READ MORE]
Digital Living – Smart connection
Smart networking, innovative furniture technology and holistic solutions – Häfele, the international specialist for fitting technology, lighting and electronic locking systems presents a firework of trend-setting innovations at the SICAM in Pordenone in Hall 2, Stand A10 / B11 – true to the motto “We make it easy”: All new Häfele developments should simplify life, enrich and make it more comfortable – especially for the partners from the furniture industry.
Some novelties, such as the Häfele Connect Mesh wireless network, have received the Interzum Award this year and, like the furniture handle Textile from the H19 collection, have been awarded the internationally renowned Red Dot Award.
Smart connected apartment
Häfele make you experience … [READ MORE]
Intelligent all-in-one solution for convenient drinking water consumption
Drinking water is the most valuable commodity. With RE.SOURCE, the new mains-connected drinking water dispenser, polymer specialist REHAU delivers fresh, filtered tap water that is chilled, sparkling or boiling hot from one appliance. At the same time, it meets the highest requirements in terms of safety and convenience for private homes and business premises.
For example Germans drink an average of 175 litres of water each from plastic or glass bottles per year. Buying bottled water costs time and money – and the environmental impact of disposing the empty bottles is huge.
Thanks to its activated carbon filter with pre-coat technology, the RE.SOURCE drinking water dispenser from REHAU can supply fresh, filtered … [READ MORE]
Golden Days in SCHOCK’s Anniversary Year
With the founding of SCHOCK 95 years ago and the invention of the quartz composite sink, a golden era of sink design began. And in this anniversary year, these Golden Years of SCHOCK manifest themselves in two ways.
With the new CRISTADUR®, SCHOCK has made its best material even better – setting a new yardstick in the gold standard of the sink world. The best ever CRISTADUR® is even more hard-wearing, robust and easy to clean. CRISTADUR® also shows off its colours to even better effect now.
Golden colour collections are the second expression of the golden anniversary year: gold is en vogue. It is an expression of glamour, value and purity. Gold has … [READ MORE]
Vauth-Sagel presents best of portfolio in Pordenone in Italy
More flexible, more comfortable, more open – at the Italian supplier industry trade fair Sicam 2019, Vauth-Sagel will be responding to a current key trend: the blurring of the boundaries between the different living zones.
In response to this trend, the company will be presenting products that work not only in the kitchen but also in the living area or utility room.
Clearly separated living spaces are a increasingly thing of the past. Instead, the boundaries between the different areas are becoming blurred. Many people prefer coordinated home concepts with elements, colours and shapes that are repeated throughout.
At the interzum, Vauth-Sagel already showed an approach that will now be … [READ MORE]
Long live the ‘dead’ corner! – „LeMans“ from Kesseböhmer
Kesseböhmer is breathing new life into ‘dead’ corner space. With the „LeMans“ corner cabinet pull-out, the company is putting forward a solution brimming with persuasive features that was set to be very well received at interzum 2019 in Cologne.
Live demonstrations will see various kitchen corner solutions pitted against each other in direct comparisons. Results have shown that the „LeMans“ offers up to 70 per cent more storage space than a cabinet with pull-out shelves when it comes to the ‘dead’ corner space.
„LeMans“ allows the otherwise ‘dead’ corner space to be exploited to its full potential by offering an elegant and perfectly designed motion … [READ MORE]
Those who live “small” need comfort!
“More life per square metre” is a topic that Häfele has been working on for a long time: With “SKAIOpartment”, two prototypical model apartments for living in a minimal space have been created in Germany’s first wooden high-rise, “SKAIO”, on the site of the German Federal Horticultural Show in Heilbronn.
In cooperation with the Stadtsiedlung Heilbronn GmbH, the builder of SKAIO, the international specialist for hardware technology and electronic access control systems, demonstrates how forward-looking and clever Micro Living can be today. Following the multi-functional interior concept, “Functionality Cube”, the youth hostel room of the future, “Youth Lab”, and the micro-apartment, “MicroApart 20/30”, the two model apartments are another example of innovative … [READ MORE]
Successful interzum 2019 for GERA Leuchten
As the leading trade fair, interzum is of enormous significance for furniture suppliers and manufacturers. And also in 2019, it lived up to its reputation as the central event of the industry: About 74,000 visitors from 152 countries were counted. Participating in the trade fair has been a great success for GERA Leuchten as well: The lighting specialist from St. Gangloff from Thuringia only showed new products on its minimalistic stand.
“We were able to welcome a total of about 250 visitors at our stand,” said Hening Pölitz, owner and managing director of GERA Leuchten. True to their motto “Furnishing with light”, the new light box and light bridge, in particular, were the … [READ MORE]
New headroom hood Impress and wall cover Smart Deco by Franke
With the new Impress cooker hoods and Smart Deco, Franke has added two exceptionally individual hood models to its product range. The trendy Impress sets accents in modern design-strong kitchens, the playful Smart Deco is aimed at a young audience.
Headroom hood Impress: trendy home accessory
The new headroom hood Impress from Franke combines unique design with the highest functionality: it sits absolutely flat and space-saving on the wall, offering unrestricted freedom of action when cooking.
Form, material and color scheme follow current design trends in architecture, interior design and fashion: The front of the hood has a three-dimensional rhombic structure, available in shades of white glossy, light gray, … [READ MORE]
AVENTOS HK top with electrical opening and closing support system
AVENTOS HK top is the latest addition to the AVENTOS range. Combined with a newly developed SERVO-DRIVE unit it offers enhanced opening and closing convenience. The new fitting is small in size and yet comes with innovative features that make installation and start-up easy. Minimalist stay lift and top motion technology all rolled into one – that’s AVENTOS HK top with SERVO-DRIVE by Blum.
AVENTOS HK top excels in terms of small installation size and integrated features. The new stay lift is installed close to the cabinet top panel. Thanks to its linear design, it blends discreetly into tall units and wall cabinets. The fitting is a real all-rounder … [READ MORE]
The BLANCO SELECT Compact 60/2 for low installation depths
Kitchen cupboard space is at a premium. Waste management systems are often housed in the base cabinet beneath the sink, but here they often have to compete with other installations for space. Base cabinets can get very crowded in buildings with a decentralised hot water supply via a low-pressure boiler, or if flow heaters or filtering systems are installed.
Blanco has designed a new waste system for precisely such eventualities. In a reduced 320 mm model, the Select Compact 60/2 makes the perfect solution for low installation depths, and thus ideally suited to Blanco’s new smart mixer taps. Despite its compact dimensions, the new Select solution offers a generous receptacle … [READ MORE]
interzum 2019: Enthusiastic response to new GRASS display
What makes a movement mechanism a good movement mechanism? This question has motivated GRASS ever since the company was founded over 70 years ago. Time and again, GRASS has developed groundbreaking products that reflect its visionary engineering skills. GRASS once again launched various new products at the interzum 2019, including a movement
mechanism that unlocks completely new possibilities in terms of furniture design.
From the first-ever concealed hinges to the invention of the double wall drawer – the GRASS company history is characterised by countless groundbreaking products. The aim is always to look ahead, and to develop movement mechanisms that meet the most demanding requirements. The GRASS presentation at the interzum … [READ MORE]
Small but mighty: Kesseböhmer presents the latest generation of flap fittings
The future is where technology will be scaled back in favour of homely and puristic design. Kesseböhmer demonstrated how far this principle of the miniaturisation of furniture fittings technology can be driven at interzum 2019 in Cologne on its stand with new lifting fittings. The 60th anniversary of the leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design will thus signal the beginning of a future in which people will think in small dimensions whilst making the most of strength and storage space.
Small can be stronger, stronger can be simpler, simpler can be better and better can be more efficient. Kesseböhmer will be reinforcing these theories at Interzum … [READ MORE]
Pocket systems – simple solution to magic away fitted furniture
More and more people are merging their kitchen, dining and living space. The trend calls for smart solutions to conceal spaces that are not in use. Blum’s new pocket systems are the answer. Doors of up to 2500 mm in height close off the space and conceal fitted furniture. They disappear into pockets when the space is in use. No special construction needed.
Open plan concepts and ever smaller urban homes demand new furniture solutions. More and more people would like to conceal functional spaces such as fitted kitchens or home offices when they are not in use. Fittings specialist Blum has come up with a simple-to-use solution. Pocket … [READ MORE]
Beyond the surface of furniture
REHAU will put up a unique show at interzum 2019: Aptly named “Future Apartment,” the stand will deliver memorable experiences and technical insights, beyond mere kitchenettes and conventional apartment solutions. Thanks to their latest creations, REHAU will introduce functions-embedded surfaces and technologies adding new smart and emotional values to contemporary living. Concept and planning have been developed by multidisciplinary design studio Ippolito Fleitz Group.
Everyday culture is profoundly steeped in individualization, one of the current mega trends reported by the Zukunftsinstitut. Individualization affects our consumption patterns as much as our value systems: Choosing freely according to taste and opinion, and being able to design according to personal ideas shape the main cultural … [READ MORE]
New innovative furniture fittings
At the international trade fair Interzum 2019 in Cologne, the Japanese manufacturer SUGATSUNE will be presenting many new, innovative solutions for cabinets, flaps and interior design at its stand in Hall 7.1 D.058. For the furniture manufacturers, designers and interior designers, more than 1,000 innovative products can be seen on the stand.
The lid-stay AILERON
The special feature of the flap fitting Aileron by SUGATSUNE is that you do not need to attach anything to the cabinet side. The flap is fastened exclusively by hinges. This makes it possible to realize almost “infinitely long” flaps.
The Aileron lid stay is the perfect symbiosis of function and design. For the first time ever the concealed cabinet hinge … [READ MORE]
From pull-out shelf to work surface with a single click
Fancy whipping up a breakfast smoothie in your food processor? Great idea! But hang on a minute – do you really feel like dragging a heavy appliance out of its shelf and hunting around for a surface to put it on before you have even had a chance to wake up properly? No good place to put your laptop in your home office? Luckily, Swiss company peka-metall AG has the answer! The ingenious new Click Stop locking mechanism transforms any pull-out shelf into a fixed work surface with a single click.
peka’s product developers have been hard at work looking into ways of turning shelves into temporary work … [READ MORE]
Professional kitchen for the home
With Franke’s PureSteel worktops, the professional kitchen finds its way into one’s own four walls. The high-quality stainless steel plates are enormously robust and available in several attractive surface variants.
It is not without reason that stainless steel surfaces are standard in professional kitchens. The material is extremely hard-wearing, absolutely hygienic, easy to clean and insensitive to rapid temperature changes. In addition, stainless steel absorbs no odors and also against discoloration such as tomato sauce, red wine or tea, the material is resistant. In the private kitchen, the individual stainless steel worktop is therefore becoming increasingly popular.
Franke offers high-quality PureSteel worktops in thicknesses of 4, 6 and 8 millimeters and a length of up … [READ MORE]
Digital connection of modern living worlds
Häfele answers the exciting questions of our time at interzum 2019 in Cologne. With digital networking, innovative furniture technology and holistic solutions, the company is re-experiencing its own claim to “think ahead” at the exhibition stand in Hall 7.1, C 040. How easily the smart world of furniture industry and craft can be realized with the Häfele assortment and the many new products becomes visible.
“Smart furniture meets smart home” – what two years ago at Interzum was more of a dream of the future, is now made easy with the Häfele Connect technology and extremely simple. The company supplies the competence proof u.a. using the example of a smart component networked micro-apartment and … [READ MORE]