The evolution of the kitchen
These days, life happens in the kitchen. This is where people work, cook, eat, drink, celebrate and spend their time. The kitchen of the past was often set apart from the rest of the rooms, whereas in recent years it has increasingly evolved into a living space. As a multifunctional room, it has to fulfil many different requirements: The open plan kitchen should radiate a sense of comfort and ambience and have an individual design, but also be practical and low maintenance at the same time. Today, just as much attention is given to the design and decoration of the kitchen as to the rest of the rooms.
Simple steps with a big impact
With Switchy, Lechner has brought a kitchen backsplash to the market that offers functionality as well as individual design possibilities. Switchy is a niche backsplash and interchangeable glass frame in one. Changing the motifs can be done very quickly and easily in a matter of seconds. The design of the kitchen can be changed and adapted to the latest trends in a few simple steps without professional help. The insert glass is simply loosened with the suction lifter, removed and replaced with the new backsplash motif. This leaves customers free to change their kitchen design whenever they wish. They can change the motif depending on the mood or season to give their kitchen a whole new look without too much effort. “With Switchy, we have created a product that is completely in tune with the times,” says Judith Schlütter, Senior Product Manager at Lechner.
Besides the interchangeable motifs, Switchy also features an impressive intelligent backlighting system. Whether more light for working or understated, indirect backlighting for a cosy atmosphere, the brightness and colour can be set separately with the continuously adjustable system. With the LED RGB version, the colour can also be set to match the mood very comfortably via remote control.
The kitchen of the future
Given the major changes that the traditional kitchen has undergone, especially in recent years, the question that arises is: Where is the journey going? What will the kitchen design of tomorrow look like, how will nutrition trends change technologies in the kitchen, how smart can we cook and consume, and can living and eating be networked? Renowned manufacturers and designers will present their vision of the kitchen of the future at LivingKitchen, which will be held parallel to imm cologne from 14 to 20 January 2019. “It is primarily three things that are driving the development of the kitchen into the focal point of modern life: innovations in appliance technology, trends in design and the changing cooking and eating culture”, says Matthias Pollmann, Vice President Trade Fair Management of Koelnmesse. “Only all three together define the kitchen of tomorrow.” It is therefore worth taking a look into the future.