German kitchens have become increasingly popular over the last few years.
In part, this is because the modern kitchen has become a key focal point of the home.
It’s no longer just a place we prepare food.
It’s the place we gather as a family, socialise with friends, eat together and drink together.
The modern kitchen has essentially taken over the role of the living room as the key place we hang out at home.
Which means it can no longer just be a functional room.
It has to be designed to the same innovative, sleek standards as the rest of the house.
When you think of German engineering, you automatically think Audi, Mercedes Banz, and BMW.
These are high spec machines built for function, with the quality, simplistic design to match.
And these standards of engineering and manufacturing have translated into the creation of German kitchens.
Particularly Schüller kitchens which, with their tradition of a family owned business combined with commitment to precise kitchen engineering, makes them a stand out as a supplier for German kitchens.
In this article we’ll go through the top reasons why German kitchens have become so popular.
German kitchens are built to last
German engineering has a well established reputation for building quality products that stand the test of time.
It’s a reputation well earned.
And the manufacturing of German kitchens carries the same reputation.
With units manufactured and assembled to precise detail, you can be assured that every bit of kitchen equipment has been quality checked before it gets close to being installed.
From the material, to the structure, to the finish, every part of a German kitchen is built to be robust and high quality.
You know you’re getting the stamp of approval from German manufacturing when you opt for a Schüller or German kitchen.
German kitchens are innovative in design
No matter the size or style of your kitchen, you want to make the best use of the space.
Not only do you need to create a natural flow for using the kitchen.
You need to create enough space for the social aspect of your modern kitchen.
While much of what you can achieve will depend on the size of your space, German kitchens are renowned for their innovation designs.
From countertop accessories that make your kitchen more functional, to making best use of storage in a small space to remove clutter, and creating social areas to meet the modern needs of your kitchen, German designs can help you create the ideal space.
German kitchens are highly customisable
While German engineering might be better known for function over form, when it comes to customising your kitchen space, they have both areas covered.
These aren’t flat pack designs.
Each German kitchen is designed and modelled around your specific needs.
And as no two people use their kitchen in exactly the same way, you can customise how your area functions and feels to the highest degree.
Whether you want a more futuristic, ergonomic design to something a little more traditional, there is a German kitchen design that fits your needs.
Buying a new kitchen is an investment, so you want to make sure you’re creating a space that is functional, comfortable and customised to your specific requirements.
German engineering seal of approval
German engineering is known around the world for its precision, efficient engineering.
And this is a tradition translated into the design of its kitchens.
Not just in terms of the main units, but the auxiliary equipment and electrical components.
Everything about the German kitchen design follows the same precision and attention to detail as other German engineering.
From robust, built to last surfaces to high finished units you’ll be able to find something that meets your style and personality.
Quality, but affordable
German kitchens come with the manufacturing and engineering precision you’d expect from something German made, but they don’t come with the price tag.
In fact, they’re much more affordable than you might think based on the quality you’re getting.
Much of the price will be determined by the size and style of your kitchen.
But whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find a fully functional, precision designed German or Schüller kitchen that meets your needs.
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Interior trends come and go but the influence of the Bauhaus movement remains unabated, despite being 2019 being the centenary of arguably, the most influential design movement in European history. And the reason for success? It’s more than style that drives design.
The what, when, why’s and how to take the best of Bauhaus and apply it to modern day kitchen design.
100 years of design – Why Bauhaus still rocks in the latest kitchens, by next125
“Bauhaus focused on form and function, dispensing with superfluous decoration, embracing the capacity of manufacturing and creating beautiful designs with purpose. And here we are 100 years on, with the most contemporary interiors still witness to a design principle as relevant today, as it was back then. And when it comes to kitchen design – we simply cannot get enough of it” say’s Wayne Dance, Managing Director at InHouse, for German brand next125.
“It’s clear to see the influence of the Bauhaus movement is still driving design, and it’s easy to understand why. Bauhaus had principles, focussing on form and function, dispensing with superfluous decoration, embracing the capacity of manufacturing and creating beautiful designs with purpose. The only thing that has really changed, is manufacturing. With today’s impressive technology, it’s easier than ever before to create a contemporary Bauhaus utopia – mass produced designs as close to individually crafted, as it is possible to be”.
HOW to use the Bauhaus principle at home
- Remember that this is more than just a style; it’s a way of thinking. Think function, think purpose, think quality. Off the shelf is not the very best a product can be and spending £80k is not applying the principle of value
- The Bauhaus style focuses on geometric shape, so opt for a grid system for planning. No matter the planning complexity or cabinet shapes and sizes, the final design will be visually consistent and appear effortless.
- Think about purpose: Bauhaus puts the detail in form and function, so just creating a contemporary look isn’t going to cut the mustard when it comes to functionality. Fortunately, modern day Bauhaus is actually pretty easy to achieve. Think about how you use your space, what you need, nothing more, and nothing less.
- Linear and cubist design doesn’t mean replicated an unforgiving space. Unite and divide open plan spaces with variable height plinths and cabinets, wall hung design and beautiful furniture style island units. Opting for the grid system allows for variable height plinths and cabinet
- Functionality is critical and it applies to everyone that uses a space for cooking, socialising or work. So go modular, it’s the fast track route to merging function, form and aesthetics.
Bauhaus design loves simple geometry, with shape creating minimal and fluid design that is as contemporary today as it was 100 years ago. The modular NX 912, with simple lines, beautiful ceramic surface and functionality that is second to none, the next125 collection is embodies the very best of Bauhaus style design.
Rooted in Bauhaus history, every next125 kitchen unites seven design principles: to be precise, elegant, creative, minimal, functional, emotional and technological. With an open shelf unit that creates architectural definition and purpose, this NX 620 is the perfect example. Ceramic panels and worktops partner with natural walnut and Fenix laminate material. The linear next125 pendant draws the eye to clean line fronts that conceal Tip-On mechanisms and perfectly tailored storage.
The 125mm grid, geometric feature and minimalist purity are the hallmark of the NX 500. Free from grip ledge or recessed handles, flat fronts allow the eye to focus on a uniform joint pattern. Applying the Bauhaus principle that functionality, aesthetics and affordability are of equal importance.
Ticking all the right boxes for the application of Bauhaus, the furniture style Island unit from the next125 collection has style, function and simplicity down to an art form. The NX800 table style unit discretely houses pipework and electrics, whilst the recessed plinth gives the appearance of a completely freestanding piece of furniture.
The 27,000sq ft showroom features three full-sized houses that showcase a variety of products including complete kitchens.
Each kitchen display has been installed as you would expect to find in your home, and is designed to replicate room sets in varied perspectives, so you will see abroad range of layouts and designs to cater for all types of properties.
It’s a fantastic concept…
Stuart Dance, director at KBB distributorInHouse ltd, assesses the potential of thenew venture and why they were so keen to be involved.
Q: What’s been InHouse’s involvement?
A: I supply [Schüller brand] next125 and schüller.C to House of Harrogate. We talked about having schüller.C in here, but we supply it to a customer up the road. I’d be a fool to say I’m not kicking myself. But my word is my bond, so at lease I can look myself in the mirror.
Q: Could this be the shape of things to come for showrooms?
A: more and more new-builds are having features like bifolding doors and it leads on to German kitchens and other things. [EBFD MD] Steve Blomberg has got a lot of developers on his books he can tie in with. Will it be the new way showrooms are set up? No. nobody will spend this kind of money. But the idea is justified by the fact that Steve’s doing so well with Bi-Folding Doors.
Q: So Mark at House of Harrogate is onto a good thing here?
A: Yes, that’s his bread-and-butter and if he’s bringing people over here it’s going to sell the dream. It’s a fantastic concept.
Q: Any particular highlights?
A: It’s the whole concept, down to the plug sockets and skirting boards, they’ve created full living. I’ve seen this sort of concept before, but not to this scale. DMI in Kilmarnock have built a house inside a showroom, but this is another level altogether. Sales staff will find half their jobs done before they even open their mouths.
Q: How much business will it drive?
A: At the moment, it’s an unknown. I’ve talked to Norman Parker [MD of Nobilia GB] and they’re setting it up as a contract division. It’s not being looked at as a retail showroom. But for us, it is retail and it will drive business back to House of Harrogate. They’ve set it up as two different teams. The Nobilia guys in the centre showroom is one part, and the guys from House of Harrogate are taking leads over the other side. House of Harrogate is a very good business and if it feeds that showroom as well – it should be quite lucrative. House of Harrogate will take care of the traditional side and next125 and the contracts and quick leads will be through Nobilia GB. By their own admission, they’ve been contract-driven. I’m not surprised, it’s an easy transition with the Nobilia office being set up for it.
Featured in December 2016 KBB Review Magazine
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