about european kitchen design blog

Pedini - Integra

Pedini - integra in grey oak.

This blog was created in order to put together as much information as possible about European kitchen design, European kitchen companies and the different kitchen brands that have been manufacturing custom kitchens and built in kitchens, in Europe for more then a century.

European kitchen designers are the first ones to introduce what we know today as the ‘built in kitchen’ – kitchens that are no longer ‘free-standing’ pieces of furniture (as they were 100 years ago) but kitchens that are designed to have the cabinetry fitting between two walls.

Companies like Snaidero, Boffi, Pedini, Dada, Varenna and Val Cucine, from Italy, Poggenpohl, SieMatic, Allmilmo and Bulthaup , from Germany and Smallbone and Clive Christian, from England are the pioneers, the innovators and the companies that set the tone in Europe – the same tone that then becomes the new look for kitchen design around the world.

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  1. Dear Kitchenguy. We live in France, where we moved not long ago to a small town near Geneva. We will be moving soon to our own apartment and as it’s new, we need to get a kitchen. Will be an open plan kitchen and we would like something beautiful but solid, of a good quality . We visited some shops like Schimdt, Perene and Varena and found the difference of price quite significant. After seeing Perene (which seems to be very good quality, exteriors are beautiful and interiors and accessoires look solid and nice) we decided we won’t comeback to Schmidt and try Perene but then when we had the project priced it was nearly 40% more expensive. So a little desappointment
    We came across a new Kitchen shop, Varena, who has some nice kitchens in exhibition and they has made an estimated which comes just 13% less than Perene, though they don’t tell you final price until you don’t commit and pay and advance (they charge for technical study). Exteriors from Varena look very similar to Pérene though they don’t have much on display the accessoires and interiors look of à little less range- thought not huge different-than Perene. I don’t know anybody who has a Varena kitchen so have no idea about quality and long term duration. Could you advice on this? We would like a beautiful open plan kitchen but also a solid one that would last and resist our family move for cooking and baking.. Also, came across some independent artisans cuisinistes, which seem to be popular here and are obviously cheaper
    Some of them with good references a small have no doubt they could do a nice job but again not sure about the warranty and quality they can offer and of they are a good alternative to the pricy shops. Any idea?
    Thanks
    Linda

  2. Great Blog kitchen guy, just the info I was searching for. Looking at A Record e Cucine kitchen. Priced out of TM Italia equivalent by the same showroom. You suggested to steer clear as the company was in financial difficulties in a post 2013. Is this still the case ? What is the quality and level of range of a Record e Cucine. Would be at a similar price point/quality to a Haeker or a Pedini product Thx in advance…

  3. Hi KitchenGuy,

    I’m in Los Angeles, and considering going with either Bauformat or Armony. These are both mid-low end brands, but in your opinion, which produces better quality, and which offers better style?

  4. Hi Kitchen Guy

    Currently trying to choose between a Schueller C3 and Hacker Classic kitchen. Here in the Middle East the Schueller supplier is quoting 10% more than Hacker. It is a handleless kitchen and the door fronts from the two brands are: from Hacker ‘Laser Soft’ which is described as “MDF board which is coated with a polymer laminate on the front”; and from Schueller ‘UMA Unit Matt’ which is described as “”matt PVC free surface produced by applying a high quality PET foil onto a MDF substrate which is then lacquered”. Is there any appreciable difference in quality/durability between these two door front materials? Also views on the overall build quality of these two brands/ranged that might justify the price differential?

  5. Doca or Hacker, which represents better value for money i.e. would you rather save your money and buy the Hacker or worth the extra for Doca?

  6. Choosing among these three from the Philippines – Hacker, Alno, Scavolini. We’re looking among the simpler laminates and lacquer – e.g. those in the more budget-friendly ranges for a 4x4m kitchen. Which has the best entry level lines?

  7. Hi kitchenguy, great blog. I have small kitchen studio in Austria, and i am looking for another supplier (next to haecker). What do you think is best to choose Rational or Schroeder kuechen? Thank you for you answer.

  8. Hi Kitchen guy – I got 3 questions for you:

    blum or grass?

    And for push open drawers – will it last?

    Fenix NMT – good product?

  9. Please in order of preference and best value:
    Between miton, poghen pohl, lube, leicht and veneta….
    Looking forward to hear from your valuable experience!

  10. Hi Kitchenguy – great blog, you have unrivaled knowledge! I’m learning lots from all the info. Based in London . We’re looking at a project next year. If you were working within a budget of $5000, $7500 & $10000 which would be your top 3-5 kitchens in each bracket? I realise these will be on the lower end of the scale. This is cabinets / doors / island. Would love your thoughts on helping to narrow this down a litle

  11. Hi, we are looking at modern contemporary kitchen designs and we received two quotes from two German companies: Shroeder and Zayko. The price difference between the two is more than a half, Zayko being the more expensive one. I cannot say that we appreciate or know much about the finishes, materials, etc. hence it is very difficult for us to understand the massive difference in the price. Have you had experience with either of the makers, please? Are you able to assist with any recommendation, feedback, suggestions, please? Any guidance would be very much appreciated.
    The sells people on both sides are saying the same things: durability, attention to detail, perfect finishes, perfect mechanisms, etc. Its so confusing for us to just pay the double if we do not fully understand the differences.
    Thank you in advance for reading and your kind advise.

  12. Hello kitchenguy. Local shop is offering us 2 brand. Alno and rastelli (they say this is under aran, correct me if im wrong). Which is better? Tnx

  13. Dear Kitchen I find the German kitchen market are producing similar sort of handless kitchen products so for me it really comes down to build quality. How would you rank Rotpunkt, Hacker & Pronorm?

  14. Hi Kitchen Guy,

    I am looking at several brands to decide on one or two manufacturers to pursue as a dealer in my market for multifamily and high end residences. Main players in my market are:

    Scavolini
    Santos
    Aran
    Arrital
    Veneta
    Snaidero
    Valcucine
    Poggenpohl
    Local Manufacturing

    To compete with them I need one o more companies that can cover several quality/price points, which would be your top choices:

    Nobilia
    Pedini
    Hacker
    Nolte
    Bulthaup
    Sie Matic
    arredo3
    Ernestomeda
    Armony
    Bauformat
    Leicht
    Team 7
    Witt

    Other suggestions?

    Best regards,

    Victor

  15. Hi KitchenGuy,

    Great Blog, Can you please help me to understand the brand positioning of Schuller, Ballerina, Rational, Pedini, Leicht in Europe, I would like to know your view on the ranking them in terms to Brand, Quality & reliability.

    Thanks

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