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6 Kitchen suppliers you should know

by Selina Denman on Feb 15, 2011

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One of the most important trends in kitchen design is the transformation of the kitchen into the hearth of the home. No longer a separate space set away from the main living area, the kitchen has become a hub of social activity.

“The concept of the kitchen as a room totally separate to the living spaces within the home, a room created solely to prepare meals, has become increasingly obsolete. The status of the kitchen has risen in our minds and in our actions,” said Arturo Manso, managing director, TEKA Küchentechnik.

This evolution is reflected in the design of high-end kitchens, noted Kathryn Pratley, business development manager of kitchens & beyond and Poggenpohl UAE.

“Our latest concept, +ARTESIO, will be available worldwide in 2011. It was developed jointly by architect Hadi Teherani and Poggenpohl. Architectural design elements demonstrate the fusion between the kitchen and living environment.”

The kitchen’s increasingly multi-faceted role is being conveyed in the emergence of separate work zones and integrated appliances.

“There is a trend towards integrating built-in appliances as a functional element of the kitchen design. The built-in appliance also offers a combination of performance and convenience, providing more space to cook and move around,” said Vinoth Krishna, sales director, Gaggenau.

Mirroring the sustainability drive in all other areas of the design industry, kitchen design is also becoming increasingly eco-conscious.

This, in turn, is leading to the use of more natural materials, said Patricia Boettcher, founder of B5 The Art of Living, a supplier of Eggersmann kitchens.

“We are noticing a trend towards the use of natural raw materials such as stone, wood and glass, in the design of customised kitchens. Rustic stone is giving a vintage, ‘used’ look, and being mixed with natural oak in a very contemporary way.

“Raw oak alone may have a traditional feel about it but when mixed with stone and even appearing in high-gloss black and white, it can look incredibly futuristic. This juxtaposition of two different looks – the stone, oak and glossy finishes, is a strong future trend in kitchens,” she predicted.