Published on : Monday, January 9, 2017
LivingKitchen has become the most important barometer of trends in the kitchen sector, presenting everything that’s new in the field of holistic, domestic kitchen design. From countertops to personal concert halls through to baking thermometers, an inspiring selection of current trends can be found in Cologne.
With its revolutionary material “Dekton”, the Spanish company Cosentino has developed a landmark product for the world of architecture and design. Dekton presents unique properties, which suggest an almost infinite range of uses – for example, the composite material can be used in countertops, flooring, wall coverings or facade cladding. Cosentino works together with renowned designers, such as American architect Daniel Libeskind and product designer Steffen Kehrle from Munich, Germany.
The long-established company Neff puts people and their requirements at the heart of its designs. At LivingKitchen 2017, Neff will be presenting its so-called “creative” extractor fan for the first time. Pictures and cookbooks can be rested on the new angled, flat or box-shaped wall-mounted extractor unit, postcards can be attached to it using magnets and personal notes can even be written on its surface. The cooking space is also personalised by three attractive colour options – the choices available are black, green and orange.
Furthermore, the creative extractor hood is a good example of the trend for integrating technical design, information and entertainment features into the actual kitchen furniture and appliances themselves. With the creative extractor unit’s AmbientLight function, it is possible to select the ideal colour for every setting from 31 different shades. Consequently, the slender hood makes quite a visual impression. The fact that automatic adjustments to the operation of the extractor hood and hob can be made over WLAN is, conversely, a more practical benefit.
Hidden, built-in electronics are turning all conceivable kitchen furniture surfaces, such as stone, glass, wood or wood-based materials, into fantastic resonance speakers. The sound comes directly from wall units or floor units, countertop work surfaces or tables. In combination with customisable light settings thanks to integrated LED components, the new audio options invite homeowners to enjoy the ambience when spending time at the stove and at the table. Both features are easy to control using a smartphone or tablet. There are no limits to the possibilities: radio, audio books, classical music, punk, pop or rock ‘n’ roll, with an appropriate choice of customised lighting to suit. This way, the kitchen finally becomes the centre of family life and the focus of any party.
It is the key requirement of modern kitchen design that the kitchen should be understood as a living space, which not only allows appliances, work surfaces and space to be used efficiently, but which is equally welcoming as a place to linger, to chat, and is somewhere social life can take place. LivingKitchen offers design enthusiasts and interested end consumers a variety of inspiring ways in which to achieve this objective.