It is no coincidence that b3, the new kitchen system of the German firm Bulthaup, is crossed by horizontal lines. Nor is it simply aesthetics: as the designer Herbert Schultes explains, these lines offer serenity, balance and harmony, which are very appropriate values to define what we ask of good design today. And, in addition, they are desirable qualities at a time when the domestic space, and the kitchen in particular, should be an oasis of calm and protection: a place to spend time, beyond a gastronomic workshop.
Hence, the many variations of the system have been conceived in terms of ergonomics. Everything is possible and customizable, as long as it is comfortable and that drawers, cabinets and various kitchen tools can be accessed with ease and with simple gestures.
The German firm, with a 60-year track record in creating innovative, futuristic and luxurious kitchens, is famous for harmonizing architecture and furniture. For this reason, for example, the collection can be adapted to different spaces without the need for comprehensive renovations, thanks to inventions such as a functional wall that goes far beyond a kitchen front; It serves to integrate the water area, allows the distribution of suspended elements – shelves, cupboards, hangers – and provides homogeneity to the space.
In turn, the central island becomes the true heart of the kitchen and, therefore, of the house; a neutral and useful space, beautiful and minimalist, that adapts to almost any function in this age when we check e-mails while making our first coffee or children do their homework in the same space where their parents cook dinner. New times call for new uses, and the new Bulthaup system is meant for today.
Even laminates are far from clichés: more robust and smooth, with luxurious finishes and meticulous care. Here the only trompe l’oeils are those that serve to hide different kitchen functions under discreet panels. Wood, aluminum, lacquer or veneer are what they are and what they look like, in a defense of honesty that only such a handcrafted firm can afford. After all, the essential thing in a kitchen is not that it be very sophisticated or complex, but that it helps us live better. And, in 2021, living better means living more relaxed.