Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette #20


Did you know that  a truly first designed kitchen was produced   by Margarete Schütte-Lihotsky. Known as the Frankfurt kitchen 1926, it was the first mass-produced fitted kitchen, and it changed homes of the world forever. This kitchen was designed with scientific precision due to an increased concern on efficiency in household work originated in America (Wilk, n.d.).
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 Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. With over 3000 designs in production, more than 300 awards and working in over 40 countries attest to Karim's legend of design.
His award winning designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Veuve Clicquot, and Alessi, democratic products for Umbra, Bobble, and 3M, furniture for Bonaldo and Vondom, lighting for Artemide and Fabbian, high tech products for Asus and Samsung, surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati, brand identity for Citibank and Sony Ericsson and packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo and Hugo Boss.
Karim's touch expands beyond product to interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia; Semiramis hotel, Athens; nhow hotel, Berlin; Universita Metro Station, Naples as well as exhibition design for Deutsche Bank and Audi.
Karim's work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries world wide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.

Schmid Kitchens, France
Schmidt founded his expertise over 50 years of experience and high up its demand for more and better still meet the needs of its customers. It all started in 1934 with Hubert Schmidt who founded his first entreprise, custom built houses. In 1959, the company launched Heidi, a livingroom buffet, that was an instant success. At that time, there were 57 employees and the company had a turnover of 300,000 euros a year.
Today, Schmidt cuisines has 1,400 employees in Lièpvre and Sélestat Türkismühle France and Germany that put their professionalism to an optimal and constant quality. Everyone is at the heart of a device that combines the expertise of human and technological innovation.
With more than 3400 items that come out every day of the 123,000 m² group's plants , the equivalent of 450 kitchens or bathrooms, Schmidt is the largest French manufacturer and exporter of kitchens.

Design Frame
Cuisine Design - Melamine - Frame
Design Arcos Green
Cuisine Design - Melamine - Arcos green
Design Artwood 2
Cuisine Design - Bois - Artwood 2
Design Aragon Maestro
Cuisine Design - Bois - Aragon maestro
Design Moon
Cuisine Design - Laque mat - Moon

Single-Person Cooking

S.I.A.M. fits perfectly into the kitchen of a singleton. It’s basically a built-in hood and induction cooker. Ideal for quick dishes that require stir-frying, the cooker folds up when not in use. The action of opening and closing the cooker, automatically switches it on or off.
Designers: Hye-Rim Lee and Tae-Ryung Byun

Credit List
Kitchen designer : Paul Leuschke NZIA, Leuschke Kahn Architects
Cabinetry : J & T Concepts
Story by Ellen Dorset
Photography by Jamie Cobel
 Apartment renovations come with their own set of challenges, but they can also be an opportunity to carefully re-evaluate and optimise the space at hand.
When designing this kitchen, part of a two-storey penthouse renovation, Paul Leuschke of Leuschke Kahn Architects ensured it would take a central position in the home.
Originally built more than 20 years ago, the penthouse sits above a three-storey building, and was tired and in need of a remodel, says Leuschke. "The owners wanted to maximise the views and create a sense of spaciousness. This really drove the design of the penthouse and ensured the kitchen was an integral part of the wider living space." With this in mind, several walls and floor joists were removed to create a light-filled space that opens into a double-height void, and the kitchen and living room were relocated.
"We moved the kitchen to a position where it had some links and substance and where we could create that height. This meant changing places with the living area, where you spend most of the time sitting down. We felt it was more important to have height in the kitchen – it isn't so important elsewhere," says Leuschke. The large contemporary family kitchen centres on the island bench, which extends into the floating timber breakfast table, harnessing the waterfront views. However, with large floor-to-ceiling windows and the elevated aspect, privacy was a concern. To address this, the architect carried the long stainless steel bench past the windows and raised the cabinetry off the ground to let in light. This bench forms the cooking centre of the kitchen, with an integrated cooktop, steam oven and sink. To maintain a connection to the wider open-plan space, the island bench faces into the living area.

The warm richness of the stained oak is set against the crisp white Caesarstone surfaces of the island unit and benchtop, giving definition to the streamlined kitchen, says Leuschke. "The stained oak on the floors and cabinetry gives the kitchen warmth and strength while the bright, clean white pares it all back and connects nicely with the rest of the penthouse."

India Kitchen Congress | Exhibition


For kitchen businessmen and professionals, the exhibition at India Kitchen Congress in April this year proved to be a pleasant and fruitful experience. The two-day event, held at Hotel Vivanta by Taj in Bengaluru on the sidelines of the conference, saw exhibitors create a marketplace of components, furniture and complete kitchens.
Some of the key participants were Sleek International, Action Tesa, Style Spa, Biesse, Elenza, Splendour, Pidilite Industries and Kaff Appliances. Overseas companies included Cleaf, 3B Spa, Foster, Domus Line and Sicam.
What made the event unique was the visitor quality. Some 350 businessmen – all involved with the industry as retailers, distributors or manufacturers – walked through the aisles in between conference sessions. In the absence of crowds, the mood was relaxed but discussions were intense. The event returns to Bengaluru on May 23 and 24 next year, at The Lalit Ashok

For the masterly way the kitchen is integrated into the overall space as well as being a powerful yet subtle part of a larger interior design concept.

Magnet's Rio kitchen: from high street to home.

What could go wrong?


Showroom design. The "Before" shot.
The "After" shot or how the design can get lost in translation.

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