Architecture and interior design magazines tend to present us with images of huge kitchens with long islands, tall appliance units and vast storage cabinets that occupy large spaces: more often than not, we associate size with privilege. But that happens to be a limited view of a considerably more complex reality. Beyond the images of ideal homes that inhabit our dreams, there are countless circumstances which determine in our specific situations–yet that doesn’t imply that we have to forgo the highest quality, aesthetics, and ergonomics in the space we live in, regardless of its size.
In today’s world, there are as many lifestyles and types of homes as individuals with their particular needs. Accordingly, sound design has to adjust to space that is available. Ultimately, what matters in a kitchen is its quality: the quality of the materials it’s made with; the quality of the runners, hinges and handles in its cabinets; the ergonomics and aesthetics of a design that transcends passing trends and taps the full potential of the available space.
And all of this results in durability and the pleasure provided in the kitchen's everyday use. Therefore, size is not essential; following the golden rule of good design, the beauty of a product is a subtle matter, and depends on its fulfillment of the function for which it was conceived.
We live in urban societies where space is precious and homes are small. It may be the first apartment of a couple in the early stages of their careers–people who happen to value the quality of their kitchen even knowing that they are likely to renovate or move in the future; a downtown studio in one of the world’s leading cities with a huge demand for residential space, where a high-income individual lives alone; or a refurbished space that was originally conceived for a different use, where the kitchen occupies a small area—as in the loft studio of an artist or an artisan. Or it could be a dwelling in a landmark building where regulations restrict any changes to the existing architecture and the kitchen must be placed in a small area.
For all these situations, as for so many others, bulthaup is at the forefront of a response to the changing needs of our contemporary society. With its different product lines–b3, b2, b1 and b Solitaire–the brand provides solutions that adapt perfectly to these small spaces without losing sight of what is essential at any time.
Because no matter how our lifestyles change, we continue to be gregarious beings who seek the company of family and friends and enjoy strengthening those bonds by sitting around a table, sharing a good meal, and exchanging experiences and ideas in the course of a long, lively evening.
First photo: bulthaup Barcelona Bach 7
Photographer: Jordi Folch
Second photo: bulthaup Algarve (Tavira, Portugal)
Photographer: Nuno Fevereiro
Third and fourth photo: bulthaup Denia
Photographer: Maite Piera
Fifth photo: bulthaup Girona
Photographer: Xavi Juanola
Sixth photo: bulthaup Lleida
Photographer: Tania Freixanet