Kitchens of the World – Russian eccentricity

In our latest blog of our series “Kitchens of the World” we dedicated ourselves to the Scandinavian kitchen design and found out: One will find clear shapes, minimalistic designs and practical functionalism. Now we want to deal with a country whose kitchen designs embody the exact opposite – namely Russia.

At the LivingKitchen fair in 2013, we introduced amongst others the model “Spira” of the Russian architect Sergei Tchoban. With high-gloss black fronts, a striking light effect and rounded corners Tchoban created a real eye-catcher harmoniously combining typical Russian design elements and design features from the 30th.


The model “Spira” by the Russian architect Sergei Tchoban on the LivingKitchen 2013.

In international comparison, Russian kitchen designs are characteristic of luxury and eccentricity. Designers like the team of “Kitchen Interiors” perfectly realize these Russian preference in their creations. Fine fabrics like satin and leather are combined with heavy oak or ebony. Glass, stainless steel and stone ensure modernity and lightness with their smooth surfaces, but also exclusivity. Still, black is one of the most popular and commonly used base colors. But currently colors such as cappuccino and strong red also enter the kitchens of Russia. These are preferred especially by interior designers and architects such as Artem Evstigneev and provide exciting but also hard contrasts. Various work areas are highlighted by this and thus the overall design of a kitchen is more structured. The color black is also used as a striking background for chandeliers and other decorative elements.

Through the choice of these colors and materials, but also by a skillful combination of these design elements, the Russian kitchen design looks exclusive and luxurious.


Example of a kitchen design inspired by Russian model (Source:


Warendorf presents a new generation of kitchens at the LivingKitchen 2013

‘Warendorf 16’, the new, trendsetting 16 cm standard. (photo: Warendorfer Küchen GmbH)

At the kitchen platform LivingKitchen, which is dedicated to the international furniture fair imm cologne, Warendorfer Küchen GmbH will be presenting five kitchens with a unique living room feel and featuring a new standard drawer height to visitors from the industry and the general public.

The new dimension ‘Warendorf 16’ is based on multiples of a new 16 cm standard drawer height to give a base unit height of 80 cm. Applied to all units, it makes kitchen planning much quicker and easier as it is absolutely consistent throughout and remains unaffected regardless if the solution is with or without handles. Visually, ‘Warendorf 16’ transforms kitchens into living spaces and lends them an even greater elegance and harmony.

“At the LivingKitchen we will be demonstrating the kitchen trends we will be setting for the coming year and the longer term along with the new design concepts and technologies we will use to achieve them,” says Thorsten Prée, Managing Director of Warendorfer Küchen GmbH. “With the new dimension ‘Warendorf 16’, which forms the basis of every new Warendorf kitchen, we can design kitchens whose elegant appearance allows them to melt into the living space. These new Kitchens for Personalities will be presented at this year’s LivingKitchen and we look forward to talking about them with visitors to the event.”

Floating to victory: hovering air purifier wins Electrolux Design Lab 2012

Electrolux-Design-Lab-Winner-concept-2012-Aeroball. (photo: Electrolux)

You could easily think you’ve landed in a science fiction movie: luminous spheres that fly through the room as if by magic. Their secret: they’re filled with helium, clean the air as they hover through it and can even release fragrances if so desired. It was this Aeroball Project by Polish student Jan Ankiersztajn that convinced the jurors of the Electrolux Design Lab 2012 and won its maker the first prize of 5,000 euros, as well as a six-month internship at the Electrolux Global Design Centre.

The motto of the tenth Design Lab competition was “Home Appliances for all the Senses”. Students and young designers from all over the world were invited to design appliances that don’t just bring comfort and convenience to the home but stimulate all five senses as well. The ideas were to play flamboyantly with human perception and turn the household into a world of authentic experiences. Ten of the more than 1200 entries made it into the final of the global competition, submitted by students from Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Great Britain, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland and Spain.