The worktop is one, if not the most important area of the kitchen. Washing, cutting, stirring and mixing takes place here. Plates are arranged and glasses filled here. It must be able to withstand heat, bacteria and lots of dirt. And it must also be hygienically clean again at the end of the day.
The requirements of the kitchen worktop are thus quite demanding. This starts with adequate space for cooking lovers. This is because a cramped space makes preparation and cooking less fun. There should be a work surface of 90 cm in one piece and a depth of at least 60 cm, "so that all kitchen tasks can be carried out smoothly", says Volker Irle, managing director of Arbeitsgemeinschaft Die Moderne Küche e.V. (AMK).
However, more space than this is even better and more comfortable, particularly as additional space also needs to be planned for; for example, for frequently used cups and glasses, or for favourite herbs, spices and oils that are used often.
In addition to an adequate amount of space, worktops must also be robust and food-safe. It should also have something to offer visually. This is because worktops are an important design medium for visually linking all areas of the kitchen optimally with one another. They often dot the i of the new lifestyle kitchen.
At LivingKitchen, visitors could learn all about the entire range of worktops, with numerous international suppliers presenting their material innovations in this area in Cologne. The innovations of companies such as Inalco, Laminam, Neolith, Porcelanosa, Dekker, Rossittis, Infinity Surface and Cambria from the USA prove that the kitchen worktop is now a high-tech product.
When it comes to worktops and decor, popular current trends include imitations of natural materials, for example, with authentic-looking wood patterns and the concrete look. In addition, a number of suppliers add anti-bacterial materials to their surfaces. However, kitchen worktops made of solid wood, from sustainable sources, of course, are also very much in demand.
The selection of the material must also take the textural properties of the worktop into account. In this regard, it pays to test various materials in advance and to get a feel for which one best suits the kitchen owner: with surfaces as cool as stone, with stainless steel or, warmer and cosier, with wood. Also smooth and level are matte or glossy tops, or kitchen worktops made of glass. The texture is emphasised further through three-dimensionality with slate and rough-hewn, like wooden surfaces with knots and cracks.
One way or another, kitchen lovers won't miss out on anything with the bounty of new kitchen worktop materials, decors and colours exhibited at LivingKitchen 2019. And with the right selection and combination of materials and decors of work surfaces, furniture fronts and built-in devices, the strived for impact of the kitchen is inevitable.