At the kitchen platform LivingKitchen, which is dedicated to the international furniture fair imm cologne, Warendorfer KÃ¼chen 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 âWarendorf 16â 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, âWarendorf 16â transforms kitchens into living spaces and lends them an even greater elegance and harmony.
Following Warendorfâs successful collaboration with iconic designer Philippe Starck, the kitchen manufacturer is now adding Dutch designer Piet Boon to its portfolio. The new kitchen designs will make their public debut at the new âKitchenZoneâ flagship store in September.
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 KÃ¼chen 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.