Creative freedom: innovations in kitchen design
Today the kitchen is increasingly becoming a space for working and living. And this means the standards in kitchen design are rising. Kitchen furniture is attracting greater interest from creative professionals, and it is becoming more personal, homely and, at the same time, more flexible. The exhibitors at the forthcoming interzum will demonstrate how innovative components can transform furniture design.
Turning cooking into an experience is currently a major trend, and this has sparked immense interest in kitchen furnishings. Purely functional considerations may have defined the design of kitchens for years, but the boundaries between working and living areas are now blurring. The latest technology and functionalities alone are no longer enough in contemporary kitchen design. A combination of a cosy atmosphere and an attractive design is also called for – right down to the smallest details.
Italian fittings specialist Salice will demonstrate the possibilities that new components open up in the design of kitchen furniture at the coming interzum. Its innovative AIR hinge attaches doors to the top or bottom panel of a cabinet without the need for any attachments on the side of the furniture. The sophisticated technology renders the hinge virtually invisible. Measuring a compact 10 millimetres, it completely disappears behind the door frame, yet it meets all the technical requirements that have come to be standard: it is adjustable in three dimensions and offers soft-close and push-to-open functions.
A solid look is preferred in kitchens, and not just for hygiene reasons. Smooth cabinet fronts and seamless surfaces prevent dirt and moisture from building up. At the same time, joints between the surface and the edge should not undermine the design of the furniture. interzum exhibitors such as Westag & Getalit will present coloured surface finishes as a solution for seamless surfaces. They can be used to make joined elements look as if they are one single solid unit. At interzum, the manufacturer will present new decor papers and variants for its Unicolor surface finishes. The finishes are just one millimetre thick and suitable for use in almost any interior.
interzum exhibitor Rehau has also devoted its energies to seamless surfaces. The zero-joint edgeband Raukantex pro for kitchen fronts and worktops has recently been extended with a special functional layer. The layer can be processed with various technologies and permanently fuses the edge and the component to form a single visual unit – the joint between them disappears. Rehau will also have another innovation in kitchen furniture design on show at interzum: the polymer mirror Rauvisio crystal mirror. It weighs just half as much as a real glass mirror and is ten times more break-resistant.
One of the global premieres that will be celebrated at this year’s interzum will be the corner cabinet system Cornerstone Maxx. Developed by Vauth-Sagel, it is a highly efficient and convenient solution for the insides of corner cabinets. Two shelf surfaces can be filled completely and travel forward on straight paths to bring the entire contents out in front of the cabinet. Its lightweight design makes the fixings virtually invisible, but it can still carry loads of up to 25 kilograms per shelf.
As the international platform for suppliers to the furniture construction industry, the forthcoming interzum will demonstrate the sector’s tremendous capacity for innovation. The fair will provide many new sources of inspiration for furnishing kitchens as contemporary living spaces – providing greater comfort, flexibility and creative freedom. You can find companies specialising in these requirements with our exhibitor search .