Built by robots, designed for people, that’s German kitchen manufacturing at its best. Take a look at these winning designs available here in the UK
When it comes to German kitchen manufacturers, the national archetype is sleek, precise and high quality – just look at German cars, kitchen appliances and footballers – you’ll find the same precision in German kitchen design.
German kitchens are also about great ergonomics. These days, kitchens are designed in response to the way we use this space and the Germans are particularly good are making sure their kitchens are easy and comfortable to use, so you’ll find lots of clever details, such as fittings to maximse storage, and a choice of heights, which is a real bonus if you are tall.
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Most of the German kitchens you’ll find in the UK are modern in style. If you hanker after a sleek handle-less kitchen in a hi-gloss or uber-matt finish, you’ll be spoilt for choice across all budgets from high-end designer pieces, such as the B3 and B2 at Bulthaup and the super storage in SieMatic’s collections, to more budget-friendly options from Schuller and Nolte.
Carcases are strong, veneers and lacquers hard-wearing – these kitchens are built in state-of-the-art factories by computers so you can be sure of accuracy and consistency, too.
Tailor-made to suit you
One of the great trademarks of a German kitchen is the sheer choice in cabinet sizes and fittings and that gives ultimate flexibility to create the kitchen you want, regardless of the shape or size of your room – it will certainly help make the most of every inch in a small kitchen.
And, of course, you won’t have to travel too far. Plenty of UK-based kitchen companies sell German kitchen ranges, adding in their design expertise to create stunning layouts. Kitchens are delivered ready-built and ready to install with your choice of built-in appliances already in place.
Take a look at these eight beauties to inspire you…
1. Sleek white kitchen with book-matched wood veneers from SieMatic. This kitchen combines elements from the S2 and SE ranges. Veneers can run horizontally or vertically across a run of units to suit your scheme.
2. Schuller offers great kitchens for smaller budgets. Its comprehensive ranges include matt, satin, silk gloss and hi-gloss cabinetry, plus golden spurce, knotty oak and beech, oak, pine imitation units. You’ll find these designs through independent retailers and online at In-House in the UK.
3. Nolte kitchens also offers good solid design at more affordable prices. Choose from country, modern and open-plan kitchen designs in a range of finishes and colours.
4. Poggenpohl is one of the oldest kitchen brands in the world and works with world-class designers to create its kitchen collections. It offers five stunning ranges, Artesio, Modo, Segmento, Edition and Stage, plus P7340 and P7350, which have been created in collaboration with the Porsche Design Studio.
5. Designer aspirations, high street purse? Leicht has kitchen ranges for most budgets. The company prides itself on offering ‘expert synergy by combining quality material, colour, architecture and light to make a kitchen more than just a room’ and offers 19 beautiful collections to prove it.
6. And it’s not just about how good these kitchens look on the outside. Banks of super storage that disappear behind slide-and-hide doors are a winning feature of this Next 125 kitchen. Choose from 17 stylish finishes.
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7. The Bulthaup name is synonymous with style and its B2 kitchen collection is a range of stand-alone pieces that include a work bench and one of the most awe-inspiring storage larders on the market. Choose from three collections – B1, a purist, handle-less design, B2 (pictured above), its ‘kitchen workshop’ range, and B3, which is based on an ingenius multi-function wall concept that can be applied throughout the home.
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8. SieMatic‘s brilliant kitchen storage systems include adjustable drawer dividers so you can tailor each drawer to your range of utensils.
Okay, you’ve got drawer envy now, right? We certainly have!