Poggenpohl presents new home-grown pull-out shelf design

photo: Poggenpohl.
photo: Poggenpohl.

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 – 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.

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.

The latest trends: gentle cooking, exotic cuisine and eco-friendly kitchen concepts

Foto: Siemens.
photo: Siemens.

Today Greenies are no longer stuck in the past, they’re very much part of the future. Why choose between high-tech and Granny’s haybox when you can have both? The main thing is a healthy lifestyle. The manufacturers of white goods presenting their latest innovations at LivingKitchen have acquired a green conscience too and are combining healthy cooking methods with energy-saving concepts, pollution-free products and sustainable materials. And almost by the by, kitchen manufacturers are coming up with some really beautiful kitchens into the bargain.

Everybody knows how important it is to eat a balanced diet. Terms like fluid balance, glutamate or trace elements have long ceased to be an indication of professional expertise and have been assimilated into our general knowledge. “Organic” has long since spread to the supermarkets, and anyone in search of wellness no longer necessarily has to head for the bathroom but can pamper himself in the kitchen as well.

High-tech, convenience and cooking seem to complement one another without contradiction. Neither the top chefs who spend their days experimenting away in molecular kitchens nor the amateur seem to have any appreciable fear of contact with new technologies. Now that appliance and kitchen manufacturers have adapted to the need for alternative cooking methods, exotic cuisine and eco-friendly kitchen concepts, organic cooks, after discovering the medieval wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen, are starting to discover that of Bosch, Poggenpohl or Miele as well.