2014 – A Year of Changes…

2014 is not over yeat, but we can say with confidence that this has been a year of many changes in the European kitchen industry. Big companies are making big moves at home and overseas, long time players are leaving the industry and new ones are entering the arena, instead. We have also lost some companies, to the ongoing recesion, in Europe.

Here are some of the major changes in the industry this year, not necassary in chronological order:

  • The Siemens Group has pulled out of the industry this year. They will no longer be involved in producing appliances and their joint venture with Bosch is history. BSH (Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, or Bosch and Siemens Household Appliances) has been the largest home appliance manufacturer in Europe and one of the largest in the world, since 1967, when Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart) and Siemens AG (Munich) joined forces. In 2012, they posted 9.8 billion Euros in annual sales. Today, BSH operates 42 factories in 13 countries in Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia. Together with a global network of sales and customer service firms, the BSH conglomerate today is made up of about 70 companies in 50 countries, with a total workforce of close to 47,000 people. In addition to the Bosch and Siemens brands, like are responsible for many other brands like Gaggenau, Neff, Constructa and others. In September 2014, Robert Bosch GmbH agreed to purchase Siemens’ 50% stake in the joint venture for 3 billion Euros. BSH to become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group and may continue to use the Siemens brand over the long term. The completion of the transaction is expected in first half of calendar year 2015.

Siemens - BSH no more...

Siemens – BSH no more…

  • Alno made several news stories this year – in the beginning of the year, Alno have acquired AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG’s kitchen business which includes Swiss market leaders Piatti (kitchen producer and retailer in Witzerland) and Forster (Swiss Steel Kitchen). The acquisition means a major step forward in ALNO’s efforts to reduce its dependency from the German market that is dominated by purchasing associations, resulting in higher margins. Additionally, the acquisition offers substantial synergy potential with regard to production processes, purchasing and sales & distribution for the combined ALNO/AFG Kitchen group.
  • Next, Alno was able to win the three and a half year old court cases against them, by their former president, Jörg Deisel. Alno is getting back 2.6 million Euro, plus a few hunderd thousands   in legal fees, based on the German legal system. If lost, Alno would have paid, for both cases approx 6.5 million Euros(!)
Jörg Deisel loses case to Alno

Alno Ex CEO – Jörg Deisel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Lastly, Alno just announced a joint venture with PMF (Pervaya Mebel’naya Fabrica – First Furniture factory), in Russia – the two partners will invest €50 million in establishing in St.        Petersburg the biggest factory in Russia for the production of kitchen furniture (1,000 units or 100-120 kitchens per day). It will be located on the existing site of PMF, expanded with the areas purchased this year. Until the end of the year, the company will deliver Piatti production line from Switzerland.
  •  RWK/Kuhlmann Küchen (R. & W. Kuhlmann GmbH), formed in 1923, was taken over this year by the Chinese company Boloni Home Decor, a minute before filing for bankrupcy. Boloni was founded in 1988, by Frank Chai, from Beijingunder the name Kebao. They were bringing European kitchens and built in appliances to China. In 2001 the created a joint venture with Brescia based, Italian company Boloni and adopted the name. Most of the Kuhlmann-kitchens employees are expected to keep their jobs and the “made in Germany” is now to be marketed to the high-end segment in China.
RWK

RWK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gatto Cucine, the Italian kitchen producer closed their doors in September. After 52 years in business, Gatto could not stay in business any longer. The compant announced that they are planning on continuing selling, outsourced products back in September, but that paln did not seem to come to fruition and the 114 employees were sent home.
Gatto Cucine

The picket line, in front of the Gatto factory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • According to our sources, Gatto Cucine is not alone. A few other Italian manufacturers that do not have strong export sales are also in trouble, mainly due to the weak domestic sales. Among them are Comprex and Bontempi.

Best of Eurocucina 2014

Salone del Mobile 2014

Salone del Mobile – 2014 – Eurocucina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Our goal was to make this the best Salone del Mobile in the world and the results have far exceeded our expectations,” Claudio Luti, president of the Salone del Mobile said. “Buyers, journalists and designers have seen at first hand just how superlative and creative our production chain is, recognizing the value of Made in Italy manufacturing and the global importance of the Salone.”

This success is due to the quality of the exhibits and the visitor numbers at the fair. The 53 edition of the Salone del Mobile notched up a total of 357,212 visitors, 311, 781 of them sectorial operators – up13% on the 2013 edition.

Our (www.european-kitchen-design.com) favorite stand was Minacciolo’s – the stand design, the overall presentation and the displays inside where just over the top!

Minaciollo at Eurocucina

Minaciollo at Eurocucina

Instead of posting lots of images, here is a great video, that was taken at the show Minacciolo – Eurocucina 2014 – Salone del Mobile Milano.

Enjoy,

 

kitchenguy

Eurocucina – a Sneak Preview

Want to see what some of the new designs will look like, at this year’s Eurucucina? Well, you’re in the right place!

Here are a couple of the stands designs, as well as some new product designs, we received from the manufacturers themselves -

Häcker

Häcker presents itself as cosmopolitan and focuses on internationality. For the East-Westphalian kitchen manufacturer, the attendance at the trade fair is very much about internationality as – making up a 38-percent share of total sales – exports are hugely important to the company and very much something that Häcker plans to further strengthen over the course of 2014. For this reason, the particular focus of the show will be on the systemat product range, which enjoys such strong demand in countries outside Europe and which occupies the mid- to premium-price segment. The company will be exhibiting a total of four systemat ranges, including new front panels with unusual materials. With its organic design, the AV 6000 range in matt lacquer will pick up on the curves of the 400-square-metre trade fair stand.

Eurocucina 2014

Hall 13, Stand B01-C04

 

The further development of the systemat carcass variant will also be a highlight. Furthermore, Häcker will be presenting a design study for a filigree and contemporary look for drawers and pull-outs. With these options, the systemat will be able to distinguish itself even more clearly from competing products in terms of looks and will comply even more with its claim to being a premium product.

 

Andreas Möller from Häcker

Andreas Möller from Häcker

 

 

Andreas Möller, responsible for exports at Häcker, is self-confident: “The around 35-person trade fair team is ready to provide competent advice and information to visitors from all over the world in a total of nine different languages. We have been reporting on the exciting development on our Website’s blog since early February now.” And Managing Director Jochen Finkemeier agrees, adding: “We will be presenting ourselves in a very special way in Milan with the aim of underlining our strong international orientation and our cosmopolitan outlook. It is for this reason that I am very much looking forward to both taking part in this trade fair and seeing the surprise on the faces of our existing and new customers.”  Hall 13, Stand B01-C04

 

 

 

 

Toncelli

For the first time, based on an idea of the architect Mauro Carlesi, Toncelli introduces carbon fiber. Not as a finish for an already existing unit, but as an out and out structure, that finds its perfect element for both peninsula and hanging wall units. Carbon fiber, a composite material worked with the lastest generation systems, as well as being particularly resistant, both from heat and mechanically, is extremely light and resistant to chemicals. These characteristics are combined uniquely in Toncelli’s new kitchen and offer that added value of design quality and practicality that has always characterized Toncelli. INVISIBILE, the new elegantly designed kitchen, presents furthermore a new varnishing system made from liquid metal which gives to the wall cabinets an aesthetic that is absolutely perfect for the materiality of the carbon fiber. The total absence of grooves and handles, thanks to the use of an opening system unique toToncelli, highlights again the rigor and the clean line giving a result that is quite invisible.

 
Designed by mauro carlesi

Invisible – New kitchen design from Toncelli

 

 

Always sensitive to technology, Toncelli integrates into the new kitchen avant-garde home automation systems such as the touch screen with web connection that allows utilisation of all the automated elements and also a sound broadcasting system using exciting technology which can transmit the sound from surfaces giving 360’ amplification in the room. Once again, with this project,Toncelli confirms its dedication to innovation preserving its values of true Italian craftmanship and of excellent quality, inherent from more than 50 years in every kitchen produced.   Hall 11, Stand C20 and B21

 

Brummel

The kitchen comes out of the classic box design, disrupts the imaginary common and is oriented towards a new interpretation of the living environment as a place of work but of absolute relaxation. 
Brummel Cucine expands and enhances the concept of the mobile bar, enhances the charm and the elegance and the project involves a richer, more glamorous. Adds an “ice maker”, a bottle holder and another for the glasses, a small sink and a mini stove. A perfect island for a “cheers hour” in style, magical moment in a luxurious and functional at the same time. 
The result is a classic style reinterpreted in a contemporary and refined by a sophisticated mechanical automatism that, in four simple movements, becomes an island design in a stylish bar and efficiently. 
DIAMOND “Cheers Hour” has a glossy white lacquered frame with soft lines and rounded. The plan, in lacquered glass and mother of pearl, stands, splits in two and slides sideways showing the functional elements and restraints.The central part of the top slides further forward to create a plan consummation. 
An example of elegant and refined design designed to live unique and unforgettable moments, in perfect Brummel.   Hall 11, stand 026

Brummel Cucine

Brummel Cucine
Hall 11, stand 026

Mood stand

 

Brummel

Brummel

 

 

 

Just 40 Days to Showtime!

The 53rd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is ready to go, along with the biennial EuroCucina and International Bathroom Exhibition. Some 2,400 exhibitors are expected, bringing all the very latest furnishing solutions to Milan. There will also be a major cultural event at the Milan Fairgrounds,  Rho – from 8th to 13th April – involving eight leading international architects.  A double appointment, open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

Milan

iSaloni and Eurocucina

130 leading Italian and foreign kitchen manufacturers will be exhibiting at the 20th edition of EuroCucina, International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition, ranged over 25,000o square metres, in the four dedicated pavilions: 9-11, 13-15.    EuroCucina  is a global benchmark event, with a huge range of different types of furnishing and style solutions. A good many top manufacturers will be back at this biennial exhibition Dada, Pedini, Schiffini, Haecker, SieMatic and Valcucine to name but a few. 

EuroCucina’s collateral event, FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) – 35 exhibitors, in over 9,800 square meters  (Pavilion 9-11) devoted to built-in domestic electrical appliances and cooker hoods, is back again, showcasing products, prototypes and designs for kitchens  of the future. FTK has also acquired major new exhibitors, such as Arçelik (Beko) and Sub Zero Group (SubZero, Wolf), underscoring its prestige.

The Salone has bolstered its social networking and internet presence, with a blog (blog.isaloni.it), official Facebook and Twitter pages, a dedicated YouTube channel, a Flickr gallery, Linkedin and Pinterest profiles. The following are the official Salone 2014 Twitter hashtagsTwitter hashtagsTwitter hashtagsTwitter hashtags: @iSaloniofficial:  #iSaloni | #EuroCucina | #SaloneBagno | #SaloneSatellite.

Free and updated App – Salone del Mobile.Milano 2014 –  (for iPhones, iPads and leading Android devices), will be available for download as of mid-March, helping exhibitors and visitors to negotiate  the fair.

Cook Like a Masterchef

Masterchef kitchen, Italian style

A commercial kitchen, designed for your home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 1983, the designers at Prima have been designing professional kitchens for hotels, restaurants, convention centres, cruise ships and large vessels. Now they are bringing this knowledge to the home of all those who want to experience cooking with the space, tools and solutions worthy of a great chef.

Masterchef - Italian Style!

A commercial kitchen like no other – made in Italy.

 

 

Designed by architect Alberto Torsello, Abimis is a unique commercial style kitchen, for residential installation.

Seamless... Stainless

Form and function, really come together in this Commecrial kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything is custom-designed and hand-made in the factory, located in the Veneto region, assembled by skilled, passionate craftsmen with the painstaking dedication essential to a job well done.

It’s Getting Close to Showtime!

EuroCucina

Image from iSaloni, in Milan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Milan Kitchen Show

EuroCucina at iSaloni

 

 

 

EuroCucina is just around the corner and the excitment is building up by the day. Who’s in the show, who’s out this year and so much more, in the coming months. In the meantime, a new concept in salone, which is not just kitchens will be introduced this year -

A glimpse into how architects live at the 2014 Salone del Mobile

With just four months to go to the launch, the final touches are being put to the 53rd edition, which  will be held from 8th to 13th April. The focus is on powerfully emphasising Milan’s centrality and its unique position in terms of the quality of its design and furnishing at global level.

“The Salone is a valuable resource for the Italian economy,” said Cosmit President Claudio Luti. “Not only does it need to be preserved, it also needs to be bolstered with innovational services and projects catering to international business and client demand, in order to make the Milan event more attractive than ever.”

Works in progress for the next edition include the exhibition to be held at the Fairgrounds ?  a show  that will tell the story of the domestic interiors conceived and inhabited by top contemporary architects from several different continents: Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

“Where Architects Live” is an original installation, inspired by leading contemporary architects’ own concepts of the domestic space. It will be virtual progression through the buildings in which the architects themselves live, illustrating just what is involved in designing homes for the most demanding people of all ? themselves ? with the freedom to experiment with visions and language.

The curator of the event/installation, Francesca Molteni – who curated “Design Dance” with Michela Marelli (2012) and “A Celestial Bathroom” (2010) – has been privy to the private homes of some of the greatest exponents of the architectural world greatest exponents of the architectural world, filming the exteriors and domestic spaces and recording  an interview with each of them on the triggers, inspiration and choices that have shaped their design  and professional careers.  “The aim of the event”, continued Mr. Luti, “is to explore the art of living today, with a close look at  the people who are changing the face of our cities, the configuration of the global landscape and  the collective imagination, putting the spotlight on new ways of planning domestic environments from every possible aspect. This is the fundamental mission of the Salone del Mobile, cultural concepts that drive the sector.”

Finishing School (part two) – lacquer

This time, we’ll cover one of the most popular finishes that European cabinets are known for – Lacquer.

Wikipedia -In a general sense, lacquer is a somewhat imprecise term for a clear or coloured wood finish that dries by solvent evaporation. It is also often a curing process as well that produces a hard, durable finish. This finish can be of any sheen level from ultra matte to high gloss, and it can be further polished as required. It is also used for “lacquer paint”, which typically denotes a paint that dries to a more than usually hard and smooth surface.

In cabinetry (and in furniture), we generally find lacquer , often called ‘shellac’, in two applications: over wood or as a color paint. It can be any of various durable natural varnishes, mostly a varnish obtained from an Asian sumac (Rhus verniciflua) —called also Japanese lacquer, or any of various synthetic organic coating (clear or colored), that dries to create a hard coating, mostly a solution of cellulose dervative (such as nitrocellulose).

Lacquered wood – generally the application of lacquer over wood is over wood veneer (sheets of wood), on slab (flat) door and in high gloss. the application of high gloss lacquer over wood veneer, gives the wood a shiny finish and creates a 3D like affect, adding depth to the wood grain look.

Pros: – rich, unique look, that a second to none, of shiny wood, magnifiying the wood design.

- easy to clean (with just a little soap and water) due to the super smooth, glass-like finish, that does not absorb anything.

Cons: – expensive. The application of the veneer, plus the glossy lacqcer, adds up to a high price.

- on dark colors, shows fingerprints.

High gloss lacquer over wood veneer

High gloss lacquer over wood veneer. Eggersmann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color laqcuer – lacquer is paint, usually sparayed over MDF boards,  that dry by the evaporation of simple solvent and that contains a solid binder that dissolves in a solvent. When that process happens, a thin, hard shell is created.  A few coats are applied to reach approx 5 mm. thickness.

There are three groups of lacquer textures being offered – matte, high-gloss and textured. The matte is simply that – flat paint like finish. The glossy can be at different sheen levels, but is primarily done as a high gloss. The textured lacquer is sprayed from a heated spary gun and when it meets the cold air, it forms a textured finish that is actually more durable than the other two.

Matte lacquer

Matte lacquer, Snaidero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros: – the clean, perfect look of lacquer…

- easy to clean (with just a little soap and water).

Cons: the matte finish is a bit more sustainable to scratches.

- on dark colors, shows finger prints.

Glossy finish white lacquer

Application of high gloss white lacquer finish, over MDF panels. Pedini.