Ergonomics is one of the buzzwords of our time. More frequently, it is also mentioned in connection with contemporary kitchen design. The ambition of ergonomic design is to optimize the working conditions, the work process, the arrangement of the objects to be graspedand and the to-use devices with regard to space and time in a way that results get at their best and parties tire as little as possible. Kitchen manufacturer focus increasingly on ergonomic kitchen design.
An individual and thereby formfitting kitchen design is the answer to high cabinets which are difficult to reach, to not fully extendable pull-outs and to poorly planned working areas. Short distances, the ideal use of the available space, good light and also an optimal working height ensure a more efficient working and a healthy back posture. The working height can now easily be determined with the so-called ergonoMeter┬ę, offered by ÔÇťArbeitsgemeinschaft Die Moderne K├╝che e.V.ÔÇŁ (AMK). It is the world’s first measure that uses the elbow height of the kitchen user as reference to determine the optimum working height. “The ideal working height is 10 to 15 cm below the level of your elbow,” says Kirk Mangels, CEO of the AMK. The ergonoMeter is already offered by qualified kitchen retailers and furniture stores with kitchen departments. Discerning clients have the possibility to customize their modern kitchen to the body size by electrically height adjustable base systems. The optimum space utilization of a kitchen can be achieved by a sensible division of the room in work zones and functional areas. By this, unnecessary work paths can be avoided.
Moreover, ergonomically designed kitchens include a variety of details. These include drawers and pull-out drawers with damping which are designed clearly and slip freely inside, or at eye level built-in ovens and steamers. Instead, the higher built-in dishwasher is an essential new feature that will be greeted with considerable enthusiasm.
Example of a modern kitchen with integrated and electrically height adjustable countertop. (Image: AMK)
The ergonoMeter┬ę for the measurement of the optimum work height. (Images: AMK)
Even before the last day of the fair on 20th January, one thing is already certain: Cologne has established itself as an international venue for the kitchen industry. An excellent mood amongst the participating companies and visitors plus new launches and trends as far as the eye could see – LivingKitchen 2013 has impressively proved its worth as an exhibition format and reaped top marks in many areas.
“The second edition of LivingKitchen has been truly successful. We have seven outstanding days behind us, during which the kitchen – the focal point of people’s lives – has found its home in Cologne once and for all,” says CEO of Koelnmesse Gerald B├Âse. “In the three halls dedicated to the show, the sector has once again demonstrated just how much innovativeness, sophisticated design and quality it has to offer. I’m confident that, in the months to come, this will have a very positive impact on our exhibitors’ order books. LivingKitchen isn’t just a powerhouse for trends, innovation and design, it’s also the most important business platform in the global kitchen market”. Frank H├╝ther, managing director of AMK, couldn’t agree more: “LivingKitchen 2013 is every bit the highly deserved joint success that the kitchen industry and Koelnmesse had been hoping for: an international kitchen event in a class of its own.”
A strong kitchen sector requires a similarly strong trade fair platform. The internationally renowned German kitchen sector and other key global players in the kitchen industry have found a new home at LivingKitchen. Following the impressive premiere event in 2011, LivingKitchen 2013 will be the next big kitchen event for exhibitors and visitors. The attractive economic conditions for Europe’s largest kitchen market, Germany, are putting the representatives of kitchen companies in a good mood, as all the signs indicate that market growth will be significant in 2012. These are ideal conditions for the successful continuation of LivingKitchen in January 2013.
“Germany is in demand worldwide as a production location and for its associated expertise in kitchen and furniture construction. This expertise is clearly represented in Cologne. That’s why the city is the ideal place for international trade fairs like imm cologne / LivingKitchen,” says one exhibitor 100 days after imm cologne 2012. Germany has a decades-long tradition of producing kitchen furniture, appliances and accessories. This tradition is widely known and greatly appreciated far beyond Germany.