New Kitchen Trends at LivingKitchen 2011 in Cologne

Modern kitchens are masterpieces of technology that have turned into living rooms for the whole family. (photo: AMK)
Modern kitchens are masterpieces of technology that have turned into living rooms for the whole family. (photo: AMK)

By combining kitchen and dining room, people are placing new demands on their kitchens – a wishlist that kitchen appliance and furnishings manufacturers have gladly picked up. Nothing is left to chance in the modern kitchen. Each area is custom-adapted to the individual needs of the residents and regular kitchen users.

Today, the kitchen as it can be seen at LivingKitchen (18.-23.01.2011) in Cologne, is a fully emancipated living area: a zone in which people can spend a pleasant evening with family and friends, as a matter of course. The past decade gave rise to sensational ideas developed by kitchen planners. As a result, compelling new innovations are arriving in the market as „complete kitchen packages“ that merge a wide array of preferences, demands and requirements. The innovation starts with detailed planning of light installations in the kitchen and the space; continues to the ergonomic and process-optimized placement of the various work and rest zones; and finishes with a myriad of open and closed storage space arenas.

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.

Karim Rashid: the design pop star about inspiration, the colour pink and his work for Gorenje

Karim Rashid is a man of many talents. He is an industrial designer with permanent residence in New York – yet constantly on the road around the globe – who has created almost every piece of home equipment there is to design, from a salt shaker to sofas and light fixtures. He is also an architect, a decorator, a lecturer, a writer, an artist, even a fashion designer and a DJ. His portfolio includes an impressive number of over 3,000 designs in production, and over 300 awards. His products are featured in 20 permanent collections at various galleries.

He has worked in nearly 40 countries and the list of his customers is strikingly enviable as it includes brands like Alessi, Artemide, Audi, Cappellini, Carolina Herrera, Edra, Egizia, Estee Lauder, Foscarini, Giorgio Armani, Kenzo, Magis, Prada, Sony, Swarovski, Toyota, Veuve Clicquot, Zanotta, etc. Most recently, LivingKitchen exhibitor Gorenje (Hall 5.2 Stand C020) joined the roll.

In addition to denouncing all and any boundaries, this man, already a legend of modern design, is also famous for turning pink into a manly colour. He often chooses to wear it himself and his style of clothing is thought out to the last detail. If you are lucky, you might just run into him at a party somewhere between New York and Milan, Belgrade and Moscow.