Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Handleless Kitchens - German kitchens

Handleless kitchens are the latest kitchen fashion. The sleek clean lines and geometric patterning that can be achieved with handleless kitchen designs result in a modern, minimilistic look that originated from Germany in the 1920's as a result of the Bauhaus movement.

The german kitchen supplier Nobilia has just introduced the Linera honed white handleless kitchen. Finished in a matt laquer the overall effect is more understated than a high gloss finish yet still emphasising any light in the kitchen. For this and more handleless german kitchens visit

Friday, 8 April 2011

Modern Kitchen Design

Here is a modern kitchen design that Kitchen Solutions Kent have recently completed for a client in Kent. The kitchen is a really nice room and combines space for cooking, eating and recreation. To make the most of the light they used a white handleless German kitchen from Nobilia.

The large kitchen island contains a sink with instant hot water tap, a domino gass hob for searing meat and an induction hob for other types of cooking.

A second one and a half bowl sink in cast Corian is set into the Corian designer white worktop and a mirror is sitting on the coved upstand at the back. The extendable and flexible hose tap minimises water spray and wastage.

The pendant lanterns provide ambient light for the familly when using the breakfast bar end of the kitchen island and the modern kitchen design continues with power points recessed into the Corian worktop to keep the lines clean and simple.

The breakfast bar provides enough room for 4 people to be seated comfortably and to be facing each other whilst enjoying a meal or maybe some drinks.

A convection oven, steam oven and combination microwave, grill and oven sit at an ergonomically correct height and small kitchen appliances are housed out og sight in roller shuttered tambour units. In the modern kitchen design it's the attention to detail that makes the difference, for example the tasmbour units are pre wired with interior lighting and power points so that small appliances can be used in situ - without having to move them to another part of the kitchen.

The American fridge freezer sits between two pull out larders that have been pulled forward in order that the fridge freezer does not stick past the front of the tower units like you may have seen in other modern kitchen designs.

The area for the kids to watch TV has been design as an are for them but at the same time fits in the the overall design and style of the main kitchen area. So there you have it, a clean modern kitchen design that's really a familly room and reflects the clients personality and lifestyle. Modern kitchen design by Kitchen Solutions Kent

Monday, 4 April 2011

Recycled kitchen worktops

Recycled kitchen worktops now available from Kitchen Solutions Kent.

New, long lasting and environmentally friendly, ECO from Cosentino is made from 75% recycled content composed of glass, porcelain, ash and mirrors, bound by an environmentally friendly resin made partly corn oil. ECO performs highly against staining, scratching, scorching and is non-porous requiring no sealers. Available in 10 colors, ECO recycled kitchen worktops by Cosentino can be used as a green altenative to the usual worktop finishes in any project or design.

In each step of fabrication from manufacturing to installation, Cosentino is committed to respect and protect the environment. During the manufacturing process of the recycled kitchen worktops, 94% of the water used is also recycled, thereby reducing consumption of an important resource. All of the minerals used in the production of ECO come from quarries that are managed under strict stewardship programs and the extraction process is controlled to avoid emissions of harmful particles into the atmosphere.

Some of the advantages of Cosentino's ECO recycled kitchen worktops are;

Reduces landfill waste.

Energy savings by not using new raw materials.

Re-use of obsolete and discarded items.

Reduction of natural resources and de-forestation.

Reduction of water useage. 94% of water is recycled.

Emission reductions throughout the manufacturing process.

99% filtering of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

No solvents used in machinery cleaning and maintenance.

Advanced use of filtering systems.

Every product is reusable.

There are other green kitchen worktop materials on the market, but no other like ECO by Cosentino. ECO by Cosentino recycles materials that have reached the end of their life cycle, saving on the consumption of natural resources.

Manufacturing Process

ECO™ by Cosentino is manufactured at the Cosentino headquarters, located in the coastal town of Almeria, Spain. In every step of production from collating raw materials, to manufacturing, to transportation and installation, ECO by Cosentino has been created with the utmost respect and care for the environment.

The manufacturing process for ECO by Cosentino begins with the salvaging raw materials that have reached the end of their life cycle, including: mirrors from houses, building and factories; glass from windows and bottles; granulated glass from consumer recycling practices; porcelain from china, tiles, sinks, toilets and decorative elements; and industrial furnace residuals from factories in the form of crystallized ashes.

These materials are sourced from independent sustainable waste management organizations throughout Europe where they undergo an extensive cleaning process which ensures that all glues, silicones and other hazardous materials have been properly removed. The raw materials are then sorted by category and stored in tower silos.

The raw materials are poured into a five color mixer and combined with Cosentino's proprietary eco-friendly resin. This novel resin is composed of 22% corn oil. The resin is the outcome of a major research and development initiative and is unmatched in the worktop surfacing industry. The raw materials and resin are bound together, poured on to a conveyor belt and compressed using a vibrocompressor system. Through this technology, the mixture is compressed at a pressure of 3000lbs per square cm, removing all air pockets from the particles and creating a compact dense slab.

The slab is baked in an oven for 2 hours. Once removed, the slab is left to cool for two days to avoid possible cracks or damage to the integrity of the worktop. Once cooled the slab is calibrated and polished with a diamond blade to add shine and lustre.

The finished product is an eco-friendly, recycled kitchen worktop, highly durable, and extremely stylish surfacing material that can be fabricated for use in any residential or commerical kitchen project.

These eco friendly, green recycled kitchen worktops material are now available throughout Kent and the South East from Kitchen Solutions Kent.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Black High Gloss Kitchen Design

Here's a a nice twist on a black high gloss kitchen. When teamed with other colours, in this case zebrano and stainless steel a whole new look can be achieved. In the image below you can see that the designer has adhered to some fundamentals of kitchen design.

There are three primary blocks of colours used in the kitchen design. The high gloss black doors, the matt finish of zebrano and the stainless steel plinths and complimentry grey finished walls. The overall effect is a pleasing harmony the emphasises the black high gloss door colour without allowing it to dominate the room.

Prima high gloss black and zebrano kitchens available now from Kitchen Solutions Kent a german kitchen specialist.