We are delighted to bring you the first instalment of our Design Inspirations TV series! Airing on The Home Channel (DsTV 176) for the next few weeks, you can look forward to an update on the latest kitchen and interior design trends, fresh from Europe.
It’s design fair season in Europe which is why we brought you to the home of the Living Kitchens Exhibition in Cologne. Journey with us for the next few weeks as we take you through the latest kitchen and interior design inspirations here in Germany.
The Living Kitchen exhibition forms part of IMM Cologne – an international design fair attracting thousands of visitors each year. With Germany’s best kitchen designs on show it’s clear that the kitchen is no longer being designed in isolation. Kitchen designs are taking their cues from the rest of the open plan area including the dining area, the lounge and even the library. Without the separation of spaces, the kitchen has become a multipurpose space, better suited to serving our modern lifestyles.
Trevor King, marketing director, Caesarstone SA
I just loved what I saw, and as a quote from one of the designers: “We design for people and the environment in which they live, innovation is for life”. And I think that’s lovely that innovation and design is for the life of the people who live there instead of just being because you need to have it. It’s so intentional, it’s so specific, it’s so individual. I think it just adds an element of longevity to the design of the kitchen, and it brings in this beautiful warm humanity into the design of the kitchen that sometimes we’ve lacked in the past.
Lisa Aspeling, Caesarstone SA
We caught up with designer Todd Bracher to explore his ideas on new ways of designing our homes. Todd’s brief: to design an interior to suit the modern American lifestyle.
Todd Bracher, Designer
Life in New York is quite complicated, it’s quite fast… as most cities are… and I was questioning do I live, is my home built for my life? And I don’t think it really is, I don’t think many people live actually how they want to live. So the exploration we’ve done with Das Haus was to re-evaluate and go back to the essentials of what life is and home. If you take for example my home that is 20 years old, 50 years old, even 10 years old, or 5, it typically comes with the standard typologies of a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and so on. And that defines how we live which to me is a dated logic. And so what we’re doing is going back to what do I really need. And I think in New York I need peace, I need quiet, I need calm, and I also want education, I need sustenance, and food. So when you start balancing these things that brought us to our concept of Das Haus this year. The materiality of this house is also connected to the concept of essential. We wanted to work with material that was monolithic, but natural and warm and engaging, material you wanted to touch. And thus the wood all around us, the douglas fur is very, very rich and noble, and expensive. And at the same time with the Sleek Concrete Caesarstone we wanted one material that felt solid and in contrast as well to the warm, softer wood, we wanted to make it solid and sturdy, and considering all the functionalities we planned for the surface from eating, to telling stories, to playing, to building, whatever happens here, we needed a surface that can be strong enough to support that.
Bradley van den Berg, Creative Director, Cardova Productions
Most South Africans, including Europeans, live in apartment living. And I think that blurred line between a lounge and a kitchen has come quite strongly here. So you have a work surface that often closes up and becomes a lounge area, it becomes a library, it becomes an eating area, it becomes an entertaining area. And we as South Africans need to I think treat kitchens very differently, and it’s not a kitchen it’s about this is my living space, and how do I live within my space – part of it has to cook, part of it has to read, part of it has to entertain. And if you can bring all that together, I think it is a perfect harmony.
Lisa Aspeling, Caesarstone SA
After an incredible day of inspiring design, it’s easy to see why Germany is on top. So join us again next week as we take a closer look at some of the world’s best kitchens.
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