Smaller, attractive and powerful built-in units are very much in vogue. Depending on the situation of the kitchen and the furniture, the flexibility thus increases to accommodate a larger number of the built-in units desired in a perfectly aligned kitchen design. “In the past, it was not possible, especially in small kitchens, to accommodate all built-in units while still retaining enough storage space,” says Volker Irle, Managing Director of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Die Moderne Küche e.V. (Association for Modern Kitchens – AMK). “Thanks to the more compact built-in units in the 45 format, they can now easily be integrated without loss of power and storage space.”
In addition, the flexible planning options are very enjoyable, because they leave a lot of space for creativity. There’s a lot to choose from – two small compact units for the furniture niche with the height of 45 cm next to each other; a large built-in unit in the 60 standard format together with one small unit, both being vertically integrated; 2 plus 1: two normal-sized and one compact built-in unit or vice versa; or perhaps a compact, attractive and energy-efficient quartette if you prefer an especially varied and enjoyable diet.
All built-in units for baking, roasting, braising, stewing, steaming, grilling, cooling, rinsing, controlling the temperature of wine or the fully automatic coffee maker are also all available in a small and compact size for the new lifestyle open plan kitchen, so to speak in a “downsized” version. Additionally, they are available in many attractive designs, e.g. modern-minimalistic, or with a slightly classic or nostalgic look and colour combinations, e.g. with noble champagne-coloured, black, white or delicate grey glass fronts and high-quality stainless steel. Perfectly and almost seamlessly built-in next to or above one another, they are not only very attractive, but also pleasing to the eye, which immediately perceives even the slightest irregularities, thanks to a perfect joint pattern.
“Thanks to a homogeneous design style that can consistently be found in all product groups, the small, compact built-in devices can be combined to suit any personal cooking habits as well as dietary requirements. If only a furniture niche with the height of 60 cm is available, a practical heating/accessory drawer in the same attractive design is very highly recommended,” says Volker Irle. And the best thing about them is that (energy) efficiency, speed, technical performance, product quality, functionality and ease of use are “all inclusive” – exactly like the big units.
Last but not least, some of the new units in the stylish compact design also show a high connectivity and can even be controlled and monitored via an app. (AMK)