A rational emotionMartha Taylor-Brown ▼ | Saturday February 7, 2009 5:01PM ET
The emotion constitutes a true innovation which convincingly opens up the kitchen to the living space. A clear sign of this is that the eye level forms the demarcation line for the design as well as the visual and functional framework of each and every planning. The emotion represents a well thought-out system that adapts with great versatility to any room size and situation. In addition, the emotion offers countless options for personalizing the kitchen to accommodate a variety of lifestyles and furnishing tastes.
It can also be implemented on a range of budgets. With its concept the emotion makes ergonomics the central theme and gleans new aspects from it in the process. This includes newly designed wall units, which now form a uniform whole with the recess and extend the space above the work surface, as well as a specially developed extractor hood that integrates itself skilfully into the overall kitchen aesthetics. Above all, the emotion concept offers its own range of functional and decorative elements.
As a result, functions are cleverly incorporated into the design in a variety of ways. Thus, by relocating the storage space new cabinet concepts have emerged that influence both the aesthetics and the design. Horizontal linework dominates and is further enhanced by the new lowboard and versatile multi-functional shelf. Both fit in well and are ideal for linking up individual elements and areas. What's more, various functions can be combined.
The lowboard transfers the trend towards sideboards in the living area to the kitchen where it is put to good use. Boasting high quality mitre work, it not only presents itself as a cabinet, shelf or work surface but, together with the multi-functional shelf, can also be converted into a multi-media station. The lowboard can be combined with a swivel table, thereby allowing the areas of food preparation and dining to be additionally integrated.
The multi-functional shelf can be combined with the new cabinet systems and located anywhere in the kitchen. Its possibilities for use extend from storage to a multi-media shelf with integral PC or docking station. The multi-functional shelf also makes it possible to provide new types of lighting, allowing implementation of entirely individual settings and lighting concepts that are both atmospheric and effective. From the lighting of the cabinet interior to evocative background lighting employing LED technology or the integrated worktop lighting. February 8, 2009 ■