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”.

All internationally popular kitchen brands to appear at LivingKitchen 2013

A strong kitchen sector requires a similarly strong trade fair platform. The internationally renowned German kitchen sector and other key global players in the kitchen industry have found a new home at LivingKitchen. Following the impressive premiere event in 2011, LivingKitchen 2013 will be the next big kitchen event for exhibitors and visitors. The attractive economic conditions for Europe’s largest kitchen market, Germany, are putting the representatives of kitchen companies in a good mood, as all the signs indicate that market growth will be significant in 2012. These are ideal conditions for the successful continuation of LivingKitchen in January 2013.

“Germany is in demand worldwide as a production location and for its associated expertise in kitchen and furniture construction. This expertise is clearly represented in Cologne. That’s why the city is the ideal place for international trade fairs like imm cologne / LivingKitchen,” says one exhibitor 100 days after imm cologne 2012. Germany has a decades-long tradition of producing kitchen furniture, appliances and accessories. This tradition is widely known and greatly appreciated far beyond Germany.

Trend towards communicative live-in kitchens: cooking, dining and living areas are merging

photo: Leicht Küchen AG.
photo: Leicht Küchen AG.

The premiere event of LivingKitchen 2011 in Cologne will be showcasing the latest trends from the kitchen industry. One stylistic element that has been emerging in recent years and is rapidly gaining ground is the “communicative live-in kitchen”.

The trend of defining the kitchen as living space is evident in many exhibitors’ collections. RWK, for instance, is confident that the kitchen will merge with the dining and living areas to an even greater extent in future. Leicht’s kitchen designs are based on the same assumption. “A flowing transition between the kitchen and living area is influencing kitchen layouts right now. We’re using architectural emphasis to meet these new expectations from our customers,” says Stefan Waldenmaier, CEO of Leicht Küchen AG. At Johannes Brockmann, open-plan kitchen designs are also very much in demand. “The kitchen space is increasingly turning into a communication centre. Transitionless design and the inclusion of the dining and living areas will continue to be key themes,” says Peter Vennebusch of the trends for 2011.