Alno at the LivingKitchen 2011: Living kitchen variety and innovations

Alno will be revealing the secret of the new Esprit home kitchens at the LivingKitchen in January. Two different versions based on the Alno product brand Wellmann will then be on display as finished products for the first time. Both partners want to address a brand- and trend-aware target group that is also orientated to the details and recognition features of a lifestyle brand when it is buying a kitchen.

The kitchens in the Esprit home collection combine modern looks, appeal and style with planning variety and functionality. In addition to the new Esprit kitchens, Alno will also be showing other kitchen designs from its 2011 collection at the LivingKitchen. They include the maritime-inspired Marecucina which, following the design stage, is now at series readiness as a complete stand-alone and as a traditional L-shaped kitchen.

The kitchen of the future: a high tech control center featuring EIB bus, touch screen control, Internet and iPod integration

photo: Gira.
photo: Gira.

Toilets in the bathroom and intercoms on the front door were the innovations of yesterday. In future, our houses will be equipped with a degree of convenience that still seems like Science Fiction from today’s perspective. The computer system that experts say is destined to automate a vast array of very different functions goes by the name of bus. Even today, household appliances deploy a good deal of high-tech to save energy and make our lives easier. Central control will hugely increase that potential. Trend researchers and industry experts have no doubts that the bus will come. It might be a little late – but it will definitely come. And its first stop will be the kitchen.

It’s 7:30 on a winter’s morning. It’s still dark outside. The indirect lighting in the bedroom gradually comes on to the gentle sound of the Kings of Convenience. The bathroom has already been heated to a cosy 21° C, a tempting smell of freshly brewed coffee issues from the kitchen and the rolls are already baking in the oven.

And yet there’s nobody in the kitchen to make breakfast. Everything that’s happening is fully automated by the EIB system, the European Installation Bus, a control system for the home.

Hadi Teherani about his kitchen design concept for Poggenpohl, high tech and the kitchen as living space

Hadi Teherani, a founding partner at Hamburg-based BRT Architects, is one of the most famous and successful architects in Germany today – and is equally adept when it comes to transferring his architectural yet sensuous signature to product design. Visionary office complexes are just as much part of his repertoire as furniture, lamps and home textiles. He endeavours to transfer the space structuring concepts applied in architecture to other areas of design – the latest example is undoubtedly +Artesio, the modular fitted kitchen he developed for Poggenpohl and structured like a space within a space that will be presented at LivingKitchen (18.-23.01.2011) in Cologne (hall 4.2, stand A010 B011).

Hadi Teherani was born in Teheran in 1954, went to school in Hamburg and studied architecture at the Technical University of Brunswick. He taught at Aachen Technical University and started his career in Cologne as a fashion designer and architect before founding BRT Architects together with Jens Bothe and Kai Richter in 1991. He has been a member of the Free Academy of the Arts since 1999. Hadi Teherani’s best-known works include the Dockland office building, the “Living Bridge” and the Deichtor Center in Hamburg. In 2003, his involvement with design led to the founding of Hadi Teherani AG – a design studio that currently employs ten product designers and interior architects. His clients include A.S. Création, Behr International, FSB, Interstuhl, JAB Anstoetz, Keramag, Louis Poulsen, Ritzenhoff, Thonet, Vorwerk, Walter Knoll, Zumtobel and ZAO Inteco.