LivingKitchen 2013 final report: fully booked halls of the kitchen event at the imm cologne equally attractive to trade visitors and consumers

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 Böse. “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 Hüther, 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.”

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.”

Bauknecht: Ideas for the kitchen of the future

Fireplace besteht aus einem multifunktionalen Tisch mit zentraler digitaler „Feuerstelle“ und aus einer Haube, die für den Luftaustausch und für unterschiedliche Licht- und Duftstimmungen sorgt. (Foto: Bauknecht)
Fireplace consists of a multifunctional table with a central, digital “hearth” and a hood that not only serves as an air exchanger but creates different lighting and aroma moods as well. (photo: Bauknecht) 

How do we want to live? How are our wants, needs and habits changing – and what might the household appliances of the future look like so as to accommodate these changes? With Fireplace and FreshConnect, Bauknecht is presenting two design studies that provide some potential answers to these questions.

“These design studies could serve as inspiration for completely new product generations that are fundamentally different from the household appliances we know today,” explains Marten van der Mei, Marketing Director at Bauknecht. “Fireplace and FreshConnect introduce two concepts that not only use new technologies but which, more importantly, pick up on important trends that will shape our daily lives in the future.”

Fireplace: The hearth of the 21st century
The Fireplace design study addresses the desire for more togetherness and interaction while cooking and eating. The focal point is a multifunctional table with a central digital cooking zone – the modern hearth – and a hood that serves as an air exchanger and creates different lighting and aroma moods. The height of both elements can be adjusted to ensure optimal ergonomics and accommodate different usage occasions.