Oct 07 2019

A splash of colour in the kitchen

Kitchens whose boundaries blend seamlessly into living areas are very popular with consumers. Imaginative colour schemes for kitchen appliances and furniture are a reaction to this development – white decor is over. 

Modernist colour palette

Leicht is currently the only kitchen manufacturer to offer Le Corbusier’s sophisticated architectural colours. With 15 expressive hues developed by one of the most important architects of the modern movement combined with special coatings, the company aims to introduce highly exquisite colour schemes to the kitchen.

The colour palette developed by Le Corbusier is natural, harmonious and timeless. Powerful shades like cerulean blue , gentle English green, light brick red or natural brown hues give kitchens a harmonious character. “Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier” extend the design spectrum, especially in terms of matt and high-gloss veneered surfaces.

In order to facilitate a holistic design, Leicht also uses these colours for peripheral materials, including handles and handle strips, thus ensuring a uniform colour scheme. Stefan Waldenmaier, Chairman of the Board of LEICHT Küchen AG, explains how the new collaboration came about. 

“We’d had the idea of working in this direction for a long time, and thoughts of transferring Le Corbusier’s colour palette across to the furniture industry were at an advanced stage at the Fondation Le Corbusier.” The company offers its customers the complete range of Le Corbusier’s colour palette across the board.

“But we also focus on the colours that are an ideal match to our existing wood, concrete, glass and melamine surfaces,” states Waldenmaier.  “By doing so, we aim to create a timeless, elegant composition.”

Colourful refrigerators

“Bespoke” is the name of a new line of refrigerators from Samsung. What’s special about the system is that the appliances are available as individual modules or as a refrigerator wall with one large and two small doors. Customers enjoy the added benefit that they can purchase and add further refrigerator elements at a later date. 

With its new range, Samsung transforms the white household appliance into a stylish design object, which can be customised and showcased in a wide selection of colours. Alternatively, the refrigerator can even be printed with pictures. Thanks to their modularity and homely appearance, the Bespoke fridges cut a fine figure even in minimalist living spaces.

The versatile options mean the company can “appeal to completely new target groups by offering solutions to suit their personal living situations,” says Diana Diefenbach, Head of Channel Marketing Home Appliances, Samsung Electronics GmbH.

“White goods can now be colourful, too. For the retail trade, this has the clear advantage that more customers see their needs reflected in the customisable products, which ultimately has a positive impact when it comes to sales.”

Gleaming in gold and silver

Kitchen units that glimmer in gold or sparkle in silver: with its “+Venovo” showpieces, Poggenpohl demonstrates the interplay between good design, cutting-edge technology and flawless craftsmanship. In a special process, slate panels are metallised with 24-carat gold or another pure precious metal.

They are then combined with a highly transparent, hardened glass. The result is a symbiosis between precious metal, stone and glass that accentuates the texture of the slate. In the “Stars” design, the composite material glitters with warmth and vitality in gold. Metallised for a high-tech look in silver, “Moon” shimmers with cool elegance. 

Striking graphite grey

Colour doesn’t always have to be dazzling to introduce variety to the kitchen. Miele is offering its Generation 7000 range of built-in appliances in four elegant design lines and three colour variants. The “ArtLine” design in striking graphite grey has a particularly elegant appearance. In the spirit of absolute minimalism, traditional door handles are dispensed with altogether. 

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