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.”

LivingKitchen 2013: more international exhibitors, innovations and new products

In less than 60 days, the global kitchen industry will be gathering in Cologne. LivingKitchen is the sector’s most important international business event and provides a good indication of how business will develop in the near future. This is where the trends and new product launches of the coming season are shown.

With 175 exhibitors now expected to participate, the coming edition is set to be even more comprehensive and will represent companies from more than 20 countries, with the share of foreign exhibitors thus rising to 40 % (25 % in 2011). This signals the steadily growing international significance of LivingKitchen. In 2013, Italy will be represented by a gratifyingly strong contingent. Four major Italian kitchen manufacturers – DADA (Molteni), Minotti Cucine, Lago and Riva 1920 – have decided on a joint presentation of their products under the motto “Ambiente Cucina”.

Philippe Starck about the function of the kitchen, modern design and his Warendorf cooperation

Warendorfer Küchen GmbH engaged the internationally renowned designer Philippe Starck to create an additional kitchen collection: the “STARCK BY WARENDORF” Design Collection. The new “STARCK BY WARENDORF” furniture collection and the the room designs developed by WARENDORF add new highlights for creating a cosy kitchen to the traditional Warendorf premium kitchen range and will be presented at LivingKitchen (hall 4.2 stand B030 C039).

With its wide range of innovations, the collection is designed to go way beyond the concept of traditional, made-to-measure fitted kitchens and makes it possible to have furnishings for any room size and many different styles with its inter-combinable elements.

What was your first job in the design world?
A huge inflatable structure for the Salon de l’enfance in Paris. It was so new that the TV news came and broadcasted it.

Tell us about your collaboration with Warendorf. What does the Collection include? How long did it take to come to fruition?
This collection is about us, about the evolution of our habits, of society. It is about a life spent (since the beginning of time) around the fire. Fire that was the central place of any village, city, civilization. Starck by Warendorf kitchens bring new ergonomics, a different answer to daily life: the wife is no more cloistered away in her kitchen while the children are in their rooms … now the entire family can interact and share their lives in the space I propose. The option of a high table also allows a more dynamic approach between people. And as we cannot cater to everybody’s taste, there are options so that everyone, from our tribe, can find his/her fire. The kitchen used to be the heart and centre of any home. It is where the entire family meets. When I was designing the Warendorf kitchen, the hugely important task was to create a room that everyone wants to be in because it exudes a feeling of wellbeing.