CON­CRETE El­e­gance

Taste & Flavors - - KITCHEN DESIGN -

EACH KITCHEN DE­SIGN IS A FULL PROJECT IN ITS OWN RIGHT THAT RE­QUIRES UN­DER­STAND­ING IN CAB­I­NETRY, SPACE CIR­CU­LA­TION, MA­TE­RI­ALS AND LIGHT­ING. THANK­FULLY WE’VE GOT A PRO­FES­SIONAL, WADIH

BACHOUR OF KLIF – KITCHEN LIGHT­ING AND FUR­NI­TURE PRO­FES­SION­ALS – FOR THE DUSTY, MESSY JOUR­NEY OF KITCHEN RE­MOD­EL­ING

THE AC­TUAL DE­SIGN PROCESS IS SEP­A­RATED INTO FOUR STAGES:

• Stage 1 Pre­lim­i­nary de­sign based on the first meet­ing; lay-outs, el­e­va­tions, ma­te­ri­als and bud­get­ing. • Stage 2 KLIF de­vel­ops de­sign de­tails, ren­dered el­e­va­tions and 3D mod­el­ing. • Stage 3 On-site mea­sure­ments and prepa­ra­tion of elec­tri­cal-me­chan­i­cal draw­ings based on site con­straints and fi­nal se­lec­tion of ap­pli­ances. • Stage 4 In­ter­nal con­struc­tion draw­ings for pro­duc­tion.

WADIH REC­OM­MENDS…

• Two bas­ket or pan draw­ers in­stead of turn­ing doors for stor­age. • Two large draw­ers un­der sink in­stead of two turn­ing doors. • Limit the slim draw­ers only for the first two draw­ers. • Dish­washer on the left is some­times the so­lu­tion. • In­te­grated hood in wall cabi­net (in­stead of free stand­ing). • Min­i­mize push to open door or drawer. • Min­i­mize 60cm door widths. • Linear LED light­ing in­stead of in­di­vid­ual down­lights. • Sink and cook­ing hub as close to each other as pos­si­ble.

PRE­FERRED LAY-OUT

A large is­land in the mid­dle of the space used for prepa­ra­tion and seat­ing/eat­ing ex­ten­sion, a wall el­e­va­tion pre­sent­ing a sink and cook­ing hub, and a par­al­lel or per­pen­dic­u­lar wall with a se­ries of wall units.

With the PURE kitchen model from Steininger, the name says it all. The in­te­grated solid wood ta­ble and stain­less steel re­volv­ing herbs bed are not only func­tional el­e­ments, but also al­low PURE'S sur­face ma­te­ri­als to come alive – par­tic­u­larly in com­bi­na­tion with con­crete. PURE can be man­u­fac­tured us­ing con­crete with a thick­ness of just 8mm. Con­crete is heat-re­sis­tant and food-safe, as if made for use in the kitchen – but ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to work with. De­signer Martin Steininger de­vel­oped a pro­ce­dure to make the con­crete so thin that it was suff iciently light, but not brit­tle, and still able to main­tain its in­ter­est­ing sur­face tex­ture.

Drawer sock­ets

Mag­netic par­ti­tions for uten­sil drawer

KLIF'S ap­proach to kitchen de­sign is quite sim­ple be­cause they tend to make it the most prac­ti­cal, min­i­miz­ing cir­cu­la­tion be­tween the three main zones: cook­ing, wash­ing, cool­ing stor­age (fridge/freezer).

Con­crete hob flap/ stain­less steel guide mark­ings Sin­gle-cast sink

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