You may have sensed our enthusiasm for all things new and trendy when we covered the IMM cologne highlights but, as you probably also know, this year the fair was actually a duo. From the 16th until the 22nd of January 2017 visitors from all over the world could be charmed by the amazing exhibits of both IMM and LivingKitchen. The fair received a record number of visitors this year, with over 150,000 people and more than 200 national and international suppliers that presented the latest innovations and ideas in the fields of furniture, kitchen appliances and accessories.
LivingKitchen is an international trade fair for everything kitchen related and the perfect source of inspiration for all the latest trends and ideas in the field. This year we got to see the top 30 retail chains from around the world and to discover how high their standards of design and quality are. We’ll cover some of the most interesting pieces so you can have your own idea about this whole event. Perhaps you’d like to visit it yourself next time (14-21 January 2019).
Kitchen island T1
One of the most impressive and memorable products featured at LivingKitchen this year was the T1 kitchen island by Lohberger. It stands out with its unique design and it impresses on all levels. The most fascinating thing about the island is its bronze surface. This material was used here for the first time in kitchen design and this makes the island a pioneer in this sense. The bronze top has a unique patterned surface that can’t be reproduced and thanks to the material’s natural attributes, offers special thermal conductivity and heat resistance.
In a world where people are increasingly more concerned about space and flexibility, dizzconcept comes with a product that could be the answer to a lot of these problems. This year they brought to the fair the Pia concept, a fully-equipped kitchen which can be closed when not needed in order to save space. When the kitchen is closed, it looks a lot like a compact living room cabinet. There’s a special built-in space for a TV. The concept is ingenious and perfect for small homes but also for large open spaces or for offices.
Discalsa also with a really interesting design that responds to the requirements of a modern lifestyle. This is the Silke Tech table which may look very simple at first but surprises everyone when its full array of features is revealed. The table has a top made of marble-like ceramic on a wooden base with metallic legs. It has a built-in TPB Tech induction cooktop that’s perfectly camouflaged on the worktop. Laser indicators show where the designated spots for the pans are. Imagine all the new possibilities with this table: prepping and cooking on the same surface, cooking and entertaining or even working.
Allmilmö is a company famous for the innovative and always trendy kitchen designs they offer and this year they were present at LivingKitchens with a range of minimalist products that harmonizes aesthetics and function in a way worthy of appreciation. The designs are meant to respond to the modern requirements of most contemporary homes which feature open spaces. Their kitchens help minimize the visual barriers between kitchens and living spaces, ensuring a seamless transition between the two.
If you ever wanted to feel like you’re in a sci-fi movie now is your chance. Valcucine presented this year the most extraordinary design concept in this sense, a kitchen that lets you turn on the ambient light and the tap and to open the door with the simple movement of your hand. We’re talking about the V-Motion kitchen, a design inspired by nature and taken to a new level. A similar design is featured by the Genius Loci kitchen which has an ergonomic structure full of secrets.
This year at the LivingKitchen fair, Nobilia inspired us with designs defined by quality, careful planning and attention to details. As always, their kitchens are exceptional and designed to be versatile in order to suit a variety of lifestyles. Following high standards of quality, the Nobilia kitchens are manufactured exclusive in Germany with a high degree of automation. This year’s exhibit showcases simple, modern and sophisticated designs with intelligent features and harmonious details.
A wonderful surprise this year was also the new Flux Swing kitchen by Giugiaro Design. It has a strong sculptural presence thanks to its gentle curves, beautifully shaped shelves and delicate silhouettes. The kitchen introduces a dynamic concept focused on both form and function. The design is elegant and functional, defined by straight, simple lines complemented by curves and well-balanced proportions and volumes. The overall impression is that of a very sophisticated kitchen with a design that’s both simple and innovative.
One of the exhibitions presented this year by Scavolini was Carettere, a kitchen by Vuesse Design Studio which is the materialization of the harmony between beauty and functionality. The design is minimal and at the same time sophisticated, both refined and simple, practical and highly attractive. This is a kitchen that has class and isn’t afraid to show it but which doesn’t neglect its practical side.
Exclusiva is another sophisticated line of kitchen furniture introduced by Scavolini through Vuesse. The inspiration for this range of products comes from classical architecture and design. The kitchen is based on a structure of simple and elegant lines and features that put together classical refinement and contemporary linearity. The result is a kitchen capable of offering spaces a prestigious and luxurious look through both form and function.
Diesel and Scavolini
Scavolini and Diesel teamed up this year to create the Diesel Open Workshop, a series of furniture designs for kitchens and bathrooms. The kitchen series has a strong industrial vibe and features aluminum as a main material. It’s combined with smoked, transparent and textured glass and the result is a range of products that look both robust and refined. The kitchens in this series also play with the contrast between blocks and voids, ensuring an eye-catching and well-balanced composition.
Sipario from Aran
The concept behind the Sipario kitchen designed by Makio Hasuike & Co for Aran invites us to look at the kitchen as a scene for the theatrical performance that is the art of cooking. The design puts a spotlight on the kitchen and on the prep. area. Built-in appliances ensure a simple and compact design and generous storage spaces take care of the rest.
In a way, the kitchen is like a laboratory, a place where new recipes are discovered, where experiments are made and where the magic happens. Lab13 is a design series that is based on this very idea. This kitchen is not only elegant and stylish but also ergonomic, featuring a worktop with an adjustable height and several variations to choose from. Also, the kitchen is defined by modularity.
Its main function is that of a kitchen table but Banco is much more than that. This unique furniture piece was developed as a system which transforms the everyday table into a multifunctional tool and which can be adapted to suit every user’s needs. As a result, Banco becomes the centerpiece of the kitchen. Its design is the materialization of the harmony achieved between contemporary production techniques and handcrafted processes.
Team7 designed a black line kitchen series which focuses on the beauty and glamour of dark color tones. Black shades and accents are combined with solid wood surfaces with pure, natural finishes and the result is a design that’s well-balanced as well as very elegant. The design creates a very pleasant environment and turns the kitchen into a welcoming space that’s a bit closer to the rest of the living space than other types.
It’s definitely fun and satisfying to follow the latest trends and to focus on innovations but this is not the preferred strategy for Leicht. Their kitchens don’t really pay attention to short-lived trends and instead focus on timeless features that allow them to look amazing any time and anywhere. The Leicht kitchen series features at the fair combines modern design and classical values and the result is harmony. These two directions don’t clash but rather complement each other.
The Nolte kitchens revive the country style and give it a modern twist. The country style of today is infused with contemporary details and aims to create inviting decors with pleasant and relaxed atmospheres. The designs featured in this series transform the kitchen into a natural center of the home. The Nolte kitchens are simple and with a profound timeless character resulted from a blend of styles.
The Neo series from Nolte gives the kitchen an interesting metropolitan vibe, featuring designs with polished and mirrored surfaces complemented by classical and bohemian accents. The designs are focused on simplicity and the sensual contrasts between different materials, finishes, textures and forms.
The LivingKitchen fair also included a few wonderful designs by Häcker. The company is well-known for its modern kitchens and high standards when it comes to quality, functionality, durability as well as design. This year, the focus was in part on the use of natural materials, earthy colors and organic textures.
Häcker combines hewn wood and metal surfaces to create contrasting designs with unusual forms and unique characters. The design also highlights the eye-catching nature of wood and metal when put together, especially in this context where they complement each other through specific finishes and forms.
A beautiful surprise at LivingKitchen was Haus12 Interiors which used the Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery. A brand new design studio that specializes in premium German designs for kitchen and other spaces. The designer behind the new brand’s kitchen range is John McNeil who comes with a background of more than 20 years of experience in creating stunning kitchen concepts.