Sunday, June 15, 2014

Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 38

We welcome our new group of students from USA, Malaysia, and Australia. We wish them all the best! The number of students enrolled this year has increased by 300% compare to same period last year. Thank you all for your interest and support!
Never too late to enroll, next group starts 7th of July. Ask here for an enrollment form:


Matteo Thun

Matteo Thun, architect and designer, born in Bolzano, has studied at the Salzburg Academy under Oskar Kokoschka and at the University of Florence. After meeting with Ettore Sottsass became co-founder of the 'Memphis' group in Milan and partner of Sottsass Associati from 1980 to 1984. He was a design professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Hochschule fur Angewandte Kunst, Wien) from 1983 to 2000. In 1984 he opened his own studio in Milan and became Art Director for Swatch from 1990 to 19993. Matteo Thun & Partners with partners Luca Colombo, Herbert Rathmaier and Antonio Rodriguez develops projects in the fields of architecture and design. The study is composed of a team of 50 professionals, including architects, designers and graphic artists.
Projects for Febal Casa, in collaboration with Antonio Rodriguez
primavera young
primavera elegant
primavera colors
Rossana Kitchen

Rossana, fifty years of quality kitchens.

There are few trademarks so deeply rooted in the collective imagination of our country. Rossana is among them. Fifty years after the top manufacturer of high-end contemporary kitchens, Rossana make a reference brand design, technology and quality for the entire sector of design quality. The strength of Rossana is that he never limited to only give answers to the market, but if you ever advances, research, creativity and development. Rossana has used since the beginning of the collaboration of the biggest names in design International: Giancarlo Iliprandi, Michele De Lucchi, Rodolfo Dordoni, Tito Agnoli, Christoph Pillet, Massimo Castagna, Salviati-Tresoldi, Alfredo Zengiaro, Ennio Arosio and many others, managing so to join with thousands of installations in the most beautiful houses of Italy and the world. The kitchens Rossana created to last. Kitchens foreign fashions and designed with meticulous attention to technical detail and constructive. Culturally for a few, but economically honest and therefore within the reach of many. Kitchens intended for a clientele evolved, able to appreciate the flexibility of systems designed to allow a customization with cutting almost tailoring. Systems where the transverse component allows you to fit both large and small environments. A produced more haute couture, pret a porter who, more niche that of series, designed specifically for each rather than standardized for all.
The unquestionable quality, inexhaustible evolution of the product, the constancy in the pursuit of these aims and consistency in doing homage to the brand makes today Rossana an absolute force: credibility, determining factor especially in uncertain times for the international market.


TK38 is the chef's kitchen and anyone who loves to cook.Rossana with an original design by Massimo Castagna innovative approach to cooking technique, not simply due to aesthetics but all steel designed for the real functions of food preparation, selection and management of the different methods of cooking, just like it does in a professional kitchen. Great work plans, customized by installing hobs differentiated to meet the diverse needs of cooking, are paired with containers in two different volumes, on the ground and suspended, and pre-made affinity to structural criteria of the industrial kitchen; an original and innovative contemporary design, minimalist aesthetics exceeded. In perfect harmony with the philosophy and vocation Rossana, TK38 is a product of uncompromising quality construction and functional, by the great technological content, original and innovative in design, precise answer to the real needs of Use and project timeless contemporary product .

The project presented by ROSSANA is symbolic of the theme for the kitchen to come. It starts from a real project, the kitchen DC10 designed by Vincenzo De Cotis, which undergoes an internal sort of genetic mutation: DC10 part in burnished brass and glass mirrored volume becomes pure, simple silhouette that alludes metaphorically to the kitchen to come. As a nymph, the kitchen becomes more today than tomorrow remembering how the evolution of species-kitchen has already passed through mutation / contamination with the living of which it has assumed forms and guises. The art installation designed by Vincenzo De Cotis projection is "thinking about the kitchen that will be." Without giving solutions, let each, mirrored in these volumes, fantasize about cooking that more resemble in 2050 ROSSANA  kitchen, for sure.
VIENNA - designed by Massimo Castagna - is an aristocratic cuisine. A contemporary interpretation of international decorative taste, Vienna has the allure and the authority of noblesse oblige. In essence echoes the leaf embossed geometric lines of the Vienna Secession combined with wall units in stainless steel. Warm, rich, upper class. A kitchen where sobriety formal nod to the past and reinvents it. For neo-romantic hig-tech.

Designer Elgan Gruffydd Roberts
BA Hons Product Design, Swansea Metropolitian University Of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom
Rotational cooking brings people together. The rotational cutting and storage board allows the user to socialise, cook, and eat healthily at the same time. Integrated touch sensitive variable interface, allowing the user to adjust the temperature of the hotplate individually, or as a whole unit. Induction technology allows interaction with the surface without high temperatures. L.E.D light indicate blue when surface and appliance are cool, and red when hot.
Easy to chop, cook and eat. Detachable copping board on a hinge allows chopping, flipping and cooking with ease.
After use, the Rota-cook folds up. Easily stored or used as a focal point.
Rota-cook - Stage - My concept
Rota-cook - Stage - My concept
Kitchen designer : Darren James, KBDI, HIA, Interiors by Darren James (Loganholme, Qld)
Kitchen manufacturer : Interiors by Darren James
Often a kitchen makeover is part of a more wide-ranging renovation. Reinventing this key area presents the opportunity to smooth the transition between new and original spaces.
When kitchen designer Darren James came to this project, much of the home's interior was stripped out, creating a blank canvas. Outside, the existing house frontage was retained, while the rear was transformed and modernised.
"For the new kitchen, the owners wanted an understated look that wouldn't date," says James. "Essentially, they wanted a traditional space with some modern touches."
In response, James created a transitional workspace that links the front of the residence with the rear in a demure fashion.
"I introduced panelled cabinetry to create a classic style," says James. "This is matched with Corian work surfaces on the wall cabinetry and a splashback and island benchtop in marble."
The island counter – a central feature of the kitchen – is in 20mm-thick marble, book-matched and set over a 150mm boxed frame.
The bench block provides a clean-lined, modern touch, as does the gleaming stainless steel-fronted refrigerator. However, the majority of appliances are set in a corner pantry. This was a client request, providing a way to keep clutter out of sight from the living spaces.
The rear-wall benchtop runs right through to the outside of the home, acting as a servery for the deck. Top-hung, bifold windows mean there are no fenestration grooves in the surface.
There is also another ancillary space. A small office, complete with computer and desk, is tucked behind cabinet doors by the refrigerator.
Our market presence in over 60 countries and our extensive product range make Merino Laminates the world’s leading manufacturer and exporter of decorative laminates for the interiors segment.
We showcase a range of world class, premium laminates with more than 10,000 designs, textures, colours and finishes. Complementary products from the Merino Group include plywood, melamine-faced particle board & MDF board, and post-formed panels for the interiors industry.
We have committed ourselves to uphold the highest manufacturing standards, a practice that has earned all our facilities pertinent certifications that include ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
The Merino Laminates brand came into existence in 1981, when the Merino Group extended its activity to laminates manufacturing, having entered the interiors segment with Plywood in 1974.
About the Merino Group: Founded in 1968, the Merino Group is today a US$ 165 million group with diverse business interests which include Panel & Panel Products, Biotechnology (Agriculture & Food Processing) and Information Technology (IT). We are driven by our constant effort to maintain Economy, Excellence and Ethics in all our businesses. We export to 60 countries around the globe, and employ 3000 people across three manufacturing sites, 19 offices in India and an office in the U.S. To know more about the Merino Group, visit our Group Website.

Kitchen Islands with Magnetic Sensors by Schulte
Designing a "smart space" is as important as designing a stylish one - that much can be said when it comes to kitchens. The Schulte Grace kitchen island by German designer Franz-Josef Schulte makes practicality pretty. This contemporary design uses rich, solid wood that slides open to reveal a sleek cook top operated through a sophisticated magnetic field which responds when a pot is placed on the stovetop. Integrated electrical sockets, a grid tray and a cutlery drawer are handy, and the wood surface slides closed to create a table for eight. Available in oak, beech, European cherry, American walnut and black cherry, this stylish island will have your guests begging you for seconds. Yes!
 No, not really!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 37

Congratulations to Heidi Foster from New Zealand, our latest graduate. Heidi was an exceptional student, very motivated and hardworker. Her assignments set a new benchmark for quality. We wish all the best for the future!
"NKBA guidelines 1 to 5
Traffic and Workflow
1.     a. Doorways should be at least 800 mm/32" wide and not more than 600 mm/24" deep in the direction of travel. b. Walkways (work counter on only one side) should be at least 900 mm/36"wide. c. Work aisles (work counters on both sides) at least 1,050 mm/42" wide in one-cook kitchens, at least 1,200 mm/48" wide in multi-cook kitchens.
a. That is related to interior architecture. However, if a tower or a pantry was to be build straight beside the walkway, that obstacle shouldn’t be deeper than 600 mm/24" 
b. The distance between a counter and, say, a wall should not be smaller than 900/36" wide to ensure enough space for two people walking at the same time, or for a person carrying a weight like shopping bag or pots.
c. Most customers nowadays prefer an island bench. How far is the island from the main countertop depends on the size of the room and the number of cooks: at least 900-1,050 mm/42" wide in one-cook kitchens, at least 1,200 mm/48" wide in multi-cook kitchens. 
Fragment from Module 7-Kitchen planning 1
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alfredo zengiaro

Born in Vicenza in 1957 and graduated in architecture in Venice in 1984, obtaining the authorization to practice the same year. From 1984 to 1988 he was head of the research and development for well-known kitchen brands. He now lives and works in Vicenza. His collaboration with the Febal brand began in 1995, contributing over the years to the total renovation of the elements and directing the design of the kitchens to the almost total modernity. "I have always conceived the "Febal kitchen" as the center of the house, as an example of cultural evolution combined with aesthetic evolution and functional signs that go hand in hand with the process of transformation of contemporary living. The kitchen, therefore, as a personal and intimate retreat in which the division of space has changed dramatically over the years, finding common points and becoming an integral part of the living area. It is in this new interpenetration of space I search for new solutions and materials for the "Febal kitchen", with the aim of making it the absolute protagonist of the house.
Vogue Over for Febal Casa
Romantica for Febal Casa
Chantal for Febal Casa



In the course of its authentically Italian story Elmar has developed in the extraordinarily and outstandingly normal way that is typical of those who have always had a clear vision of their logic, of the path they must follow. The legs of this journey have marked the growth of a cultural and of a corporate legacy that has founded its reliability on tradition, its distinguishing traits on technological innovation and its vocation on design to blend advanced functions with real emotions. In other words, each arrival has always been a new departure towards unexplored horizons. And this usually happens daily.
Elmar has always wanted, and known how, to enrich its value in a dynamic and clear-cut perspective that is continuously directed to understanding the authentic needs and the distinctive signs of evolving lifestyles.
A very personal company outlook and cultural identity able to anticipate and identify the real aspirations of customers in the best possible way. To offer comfortable settings that effuse a really contemporary charm is the company's objective.
In other words, furniture created for human beings, to comfortably share their most precious resources: space and time.


Precision and technical accuracy

@home reinterprets the DNA of that form called kitchen and that invokes the memory of a space to inhabit, rich in materials, taste and fragrance.
cucina di design @home


Let’s think space over Not merely influential but a possibility. Open to personal styles: a place for socialising or enjoying one’s daily intimacy.
El_01 modern and design kitchen by Elmar


The new attitudes of flight

Complete versatility distinguishes multifunctional environments where spaces can be
freely reinvented through a few personal, limitless gestures.
Fly_04 modern and design kitchen by Elmar


Let’s think space over

Even for smaller homes such as city  flats or small lofts our arrangements are cleverly developed for utmost space exploitation.
Slim: modern and contemporary kitchen by Elmar

Year-round Seasoning for Domestic Kitchens

Imagine having access to fresh herbs 24×7 via an under-counter herb solution! The Electrolux ‘Herb Garden’ Concept does just that and it provides us the luxury of a self-replenishing indoor garden that expands our cooking capabilities. This hydroponic concept brings year-round seasoning to the domestic kitchen. One of the key ingredients to good cooking is herbs, they add wholesome flavours that are delicately distinguished by their aroma and taste.
As Electrolux explains, Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water and without soil. The Electrolux Herb garden features two different trays where seeds can be sown and grown, or just host pre-grown plants purchased. In essence it also doubles up as a store refrigeration unit. The self-replenishing herbs will not only brighten any kitchen but will facilitate expanded cooking capabilities.
Designer: Electrolux

Contemporary kitchen with marble benchtop

Architectural designer : Steve Gliosca, Urbane Projects (Booragoon, WA)
Kitchen manufacturer : Caruso Cabinets
Cabinetry : Gloss White and Cleaf timber veneer in Dark Rovere
Kitchens are busy family spaces, which can make it hard to marry the aesthetics with the functionality.
The solution for this house, designed by Steve Gliosca of Urbane Projects, was to separate the working space from the front-of-house kitchen.
"This is a very modern, clean-lined house, and the kitchen is the focal point of the living space," Gliosca says. "For this reason, it was important not to clutter it up with meal preparation. But the owners love to entertain and needed a big kitchen, with every modern convenience. This prompted the decision to introduce a separate large scullery behind the kitchen.
"The scullery is not just a place for storage – with its 90cm freestanding oven, sink and dishwasher it can be used for total meal preparation and cleanup."
All eyes are on the glamour kitchen, however, where the centrepiece is a large island with a polished marble top and bronze mirrored panels front and back.
"The colour and material palettes started with the jarrah floor, which was stained in Japan black," says Gliosca. "We played with a number of different timber laminates before choosing a grey with an undertone of chocolate. But the marble slab is the hero – its colour and veining are a perfect match for the cabinetry and the Caesarstone quartz perimeter benchtops and splashback."
The marble top sits on top of a large, sculptural block, with a cut-out space that can be used for displaying accessories.
"It's a very layered look, which adds visual interest," the designer says. "This end of the island was also designed to provide a point of difference – you glimpse the kitchen as you walk up the adjoining stairs to the living room, and we didn't want it to look too functional."
The main kitchen also features two banks of white lacquered cabinetry, which Gliosca framed with the timber laminate. This was extended around the corner to create a matching buffet-style area opposite the lift. The refrigerators are fully integrated, and the drawers have recessed pulls to reinforce the crisp, modern look.
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 Electrolux Hikes Europe Forecast as Earnings Beat Estimates

By Katarina Gustafsson
Electrolux AB, (ELUXB) the world’s second-biggest maker of home appliances, reported first-quarter earnings that beat estimates and boosted its forecast for European demand, sending the shares up the most since 2009.
Earnings before interest, taxes and one-time items rose 4 percent to 749 million kronor ($114 million) in the three months through March, the Stockholm-based maker of AEG stoves said in a statement today. The median estimate of 11 analysts compiled by Bloomberg was 613 million kronor.
Electrolux rose as much as 10 percent in Stockholm, the steepest intraday advance since Oct. 26, 2009. Profit margins were better than expected inEurope, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, according to analysts at Nordea Bank AB. The maker of Frigidaire refrigerators is reducing expenditure and moving production to low-cost countries in an effort to boost profitability after years of stagnating sales.
The first-quarter outcome was “clearly better than feared,” the Nordea Bank analysts said today in a note.
The shares gained 9.1 percent to 168.60 kroner at 9:20 a.m. in Stockholm, erasing their decline this year. Prior to today, the stock had fallen 8.3 percent in 2014, versus a 1.4 percent drop for bigger rival Whirlpool Corp. The Benton Harbor, Michigan-based maker of KitchenAid appliances reports first-quarter earnings later today.

‘Strong Recovery’

“The underlying performance remains solid with a very strong recovery in March,” Electrolux Chief Executive Officer Keith McLoughlin said today in a separate statement.
Electrolux reiterated that market demand in the U.S. is anticipated to increase by 4 percent this year and said it now expects demand to increase by as much as 3 percent in Europe. The company had previously said it sees “slightly positive” demand for the European market.
U.S. shipments of home appliances, as measured by the key AHAM-6 indicator, rose 8.9 percent in March after declining in January and February, according to data published by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers earlier this month.
First-quarter sales at Electrolux advanced 1.2 percent to 25.6 billion kronor, compared with the 25.3 billion median estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.