INTERVIEW TO BULTHAUP: amazing products
- the approach to architecture and innovation on THEIR proposals
AT BULTHAUP, WE LIVE AND BREATHE THE CONVICTION THAT MANY PEOPLE THINK HAS BEEN ABANDONED: THE CONVICTION OF ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS WHO DO NOT JUST DESIGN FURNITURE, BUT ARE ALSO CREATING A PERSONAL VISION, A GLIMPSE, IF YOU WILL, OF THEIR OWN WORLDS. THIS IS THE REASON THAT BULTHAUP IS RENOWNED FOR CREATING ARCHITECTURE OF LIVING SPACES THAT GO BEYOND THE KITCHEN AREA. IT IS THROUGH THIS REPUTATION THAT INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS HAVE BEEN SET, INNOVATIONS HAVE BEEN CREATED WHICH ARE COMPARABLE ONLY TO THE FINEST PRODUCTS IN TERMS OF FORM AND FUNCTION THAT WERE BORN OF THE BAUHAUS TRADITION. PEOPLE WHO ACCEPT NO COMPROMISE REGARDING THE AESTHETICS OF FUNCTIONAL DESIGN, MATERIAL AUTHENTICITY, QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP, TECHNICAL PRECISION, TIMELESS ORIGINALITY AND DURABILITY WILL FEEL AT HOME IN THE WORLD OF BULTBAUP.
- CONCEPT OF b3 is sensational.
Worktops are at the heart of any kitchen. They provide preparation and serving areas, and include water points and cooking areas. Conventional fitted kitchens only offer solutions in two dimensions and fail to make active use of the wall behind worktops. bulthaup b3’s function boxes make threedimensional solutions possible, enabling efficient use of the space between worktop and wall unit. Function boxes provide storage space for items such as dish soap, spices, oil and vinegar, kitchen utensils, knives, cutting boards and small containers. With these easy-to-clean function boxes, there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. When the glass doors of the function boxes are closed, there is nothing to disrupt the beauty of the kitchen’s form. When the doors are open, there is direct access to all the items that see daily use in preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning.
bulthaup water points can be custom designed to include sinks, flat basins and drain boards and are installed flush into the worktop. Sinks of five different widths are available and can be welded into the 6mm deep utility recess. The number and position of the sinks can be customized and a draining board can be added. The unique laser-welding method from bulthaup ensures strong minimal welding seams. Functional elements, such as strainers, bowls and basins, as well as sliding elements such as the cutting board and the sliding grater enhance the water point. When you consider that an average 60% of the time spent in the kitchen is spent on preparing, serving and washing up around the water point, you appreciate the fact that bulthaup has created water points that represent the epitome of ergonomics, functionality and versatility, perfect manufacturing and design. bulthaup has been recognized for this with the if-design award, which is one of the most coveted design awards.
The mixer taps, developed specially for bulthaup, are not only outstanding in terms of visual appearance, but also in terms of their functionality. The flow and temperature of the water can be controlled with just one hand. This is incredibly useful, for instance in extreme circumstances when you’re holding a pot with one hand and only have fingers free to start the water. There are several solutions for bringing water into the kitchen. The stainless steel or aluminumcolored mixer tap can be worktop mounted or alternatively be mounted to the wall or the function box. It is positioned high enough to enable even bulky dished and large pots to be rinsed easily or filled with water.
- b2 and the Poetic Analysis methology.
Tools and materials must always be well organized and close to hand. This golden rule has been passed from generation to generation for centuries, as have the typical features of the craftsman’s workshop. Good, simple solutions were always sought and found; these had to be practical, solid and durable. Naturally, aesthetics followed function here. In today’s kitchens, as in those of centuries past, utensils, ladles and pans hang on the wall or over the cooktops to be within easy reach, while pots and bowls are stored on simple shelves. At the start of the 20th century, there were still firms specializing in the production of both carpenter’s and kitchen tools. For the carpenter’s workshop they made the tool cabinet with planes, files, chisels, hammers and protractors, for the kitchen the receptacle with cutting boards, rolling pins and wooden spoons. bulthaup b2 looks at kitchens and the use of space within them from a fresh perspective. It offers a unique combination of kitchen workbench, kitchen tool cabinet and kitchen appliance cabinet. These elements can be used to create a personal, yet unmistakably bulthaup environment where simple, clear-cut forms meet logical, practical function.
- THE MOST INTERESTING OPTIONS OF CONFIGURATIONS IN B2
The bulthaup b2 is an open, mobile kitchen, with components owners could combine and add to as they wish. The system has one clear goal: to eliminate the unnecessary, from the workbench for the cooking area and water point, to the kitchen tool cabinet for pots and pans, utensils, spices, seasonings and food, to the kitchen appliance cabinet for the oven, dishwasher and fridge. Only the essential remains – the owner’s favorite materials and favorite dinnerware, the best tools and the best food. bulthaup b2 intelligently reduces the available options to a minimum. Yet even with a small selection of units and materials, such as an oak or walnut veneer, combined with a worktop in stainless steel, oak, walnut, or black granite, there are countless configuration possibilities.