Impressions of the LivingKitchen Trade Fair: Flexibility is Tops 

Every trade fair has its star – the booth where everybody stops to see what’s happening. At LivingKitchen 2015, it was PITT Cooking’s stand: a simple kitchen island with integrated gas hobs and a huge aquarium full of colourful fish underneath. In front of it, a cluster of visitors wielding mobile phones and cameras... this was PITT Cooking’s unusual way of demonstrating the total freedom with which its gas hobs can be positioned and integrated into a wide variety of different worktops. With its clever options for combating the limitations of traditional hobs, the company from the Netherlands hits the nail right on the head. Flexibility is tops – and was one of the trends in evidence at this year’s LivingKitchen.

One of the pioneers for adaptable kitchen solutions is Naber GmbH with its Concept Kitchen. Although his modules are a radical evolution of the flexibility idea, designer Kilian Schindler doesn’t see them as a counterproposal to the classic fitted kitchen: “The project explored the question of how often people move house in their lifetime. The other question it addressed was: where do people need a kitchen? Home isn’t the only place where we eat and cook. That’s why the Concept Kitchen isn’t so much a rival to the fitted kitchen as an alternative to it.” Besides being an ideal choice for a first apartment, the Concept Kitchen can easily be added to when the owner moves into a second, bigger home, used at the office or – thanks to the new, narrower modules – even in the living area.

But Naber wasn’t the only company exhibiting this kind of flexible solution: dizzconcept arrived at LivingKitchen with a brand new award in its pocket. The Croatian firm won the Interior Innovation Award “Best of the Best 2015” for its pop-up kitchen Pia, an ingenious invention by architect and designer Darko Špiljarić. Pia is a minimalist cabinet with space for a flatscreen and storage that opens to reveal a fully functional kitchen – complete with cooktop, sink and even a dishwasher. It takes less than an hour to install the space-saving kitchen, which Špiljarić developed for use in urban homes, holiday apartments and offices.

Certain parallels can be drawn between dizzconcept’s pop-up kitchen and a brand new product that SieMatic presented at LivingKitchen. Together with Berlin-based firm Kinzo, the SieMatic development team has reinterpreted a classic: the kitchen sideboard. “Historical elements are becoming increasingly popular, especially in urban settings, and there is a growing desire for individual forms of expression. With SieMatic 29, we’ve come up with a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the traditional kitchen sideboard that isn’t just extremely functional but incredibly versatile as well,” explains CEO Ulrich W. Siekmann. The SieMatic 29 pays tribute to times gone by with a distinctive silhouette created by sloping, rounded side panels and a gently curved base frame. It can also be equipped with a sink and hob – and is thus perfectly in tune with one of today’s major trends: “anything is possible” – whatever the situation calls for.

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