The name itself already gives the design away: The Marecucina by Alno is clearly nautically inspired. The worktop made of solid walnut veneer with narrow maple inlaid work is reminiscent of the deck of a boat, and the LED lighting panel of a sail. A special three-dimensionally milled edge defines the bow. On request, a mast with storage space and a chrome-plated railing can add further accents typical of ships. However, the Marecucina is not only a design object for individualists but also a functional kitchen. How it made its way from drawing board to series production is explained by Alno product designer Ulrich Dahm-Wachsmann, who played an important role in conceptualising and designing the Marecucina.
How did you get the idea of creating a kitchen like the Marecucina?
The design of kitchen furniture is heavily influenced by the architecture of living rooms. And from architecture, we know that nautical and maritime elements possess a very high degree of attractiveness. Virtually everyone connects positive memories with the sea and journeys on board ships and has sailed himself or herself or would like to do so. As such, we saw the opportunity, from a marketing aspect too, of being relatively sure of tapping into a certain basic sympathy with our design innovation. Even the very first sketches that I drew and which were not least inspired by the precise observation of beautiful yachts were greeted with great enthusiasm by the marketing and development team. As a result, the project more or less ran itself â€“ through to the serial production stage.
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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.