A handful of loam, a little water, a touch of fire to lend it permanence. Whether coarse earthenware, choice porcelain or fibre-enhanced high-tech innovations, ceramics are convenient, versatile and â€“ for the last 30,000 years â€“ frequently a reflection and mirror of society.
After all, the materialâ€™s malleable diversity fires up our imagination â€“ in everyday use as in artistic expression. A prime example: the new Second Glance cooperation between type and graphic artist Ebon Heath and the ceramics experts at Villeroy & Boch.Â
The kitchen in the centre of modern architecture – this is the theme of the second edition of the Leicht book â€śArchitecture+Kitchenâ€ť. Renowned international architects and creative Leicht interior designers from all over the world have contributed to its concept.
Nine family houses in Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the United States and Taiwan are presented by professional architectural photographers. Common to all projects is the successful and harmonious integration of the kitchen within the architecture. The highest degree of esthetics, individuality, and exclusivity. The internationally successful brand Leicht, located in Swabian Waldstetten, makes a clear case with this book for the close interaction between modern architecture and pioneering kitchen design.Â
The right angle is in again. Whereas the sides of many drawer systems often thicken towards the inside or taper towards the back, Poggenpohl (hall 4.2, stand A010 B011) is presenting a home-grown pull-out shelf design that consists entirely of right angles and straight lines. The filigree-looking frames are smooth inside and out, just 8 mm thick and made of light but robust aluminium. According to the kitchen manufacturer, they are thus the thinnest frames on the market to date.
The purpose of such drawers and pull-outs is obviously to keep order â€“ and Poggenpohl has developed two organisation systems to simplify the process. The box system in real walnut or maple consists of various inserts for numerous configurations: universal boxes with adjustable cross dividers, cutlery trays and special knife inserts, but also holders for things like spice jars and plates.