Monday, 30 April 2018

A Panel Discussion on Social Kitchen and the Future of Kitchens

The IIID (Institute of Indian Interior Designers) Bangalore in association with Nolte, organised 'The Social Kitchen', event on February 23rd, 2018 at the flagship store in Koramangala Bangalore. The event was filled with spirited discussions, amazing insights, and fun around the kitchen. For “On The Grill” session, Celebrity Chef Manu Chandra (Executive Chef at Olive Bar & Kitchen Bangalore), Architect Gayatri Shetty (main coordinator and Immediate Past Chairperson IIID, Bangalore), and Architect Sandeep Khosla (Founder & Principal- Khosla Associates) were the key persons for the discussion.

Today's kitchens are much more than a kitchen, they are smart and larger part of a family's living space. Nolte's definition of The Social Kitchen - It's the place where the family gathers, where children play, and where friends are entertained. Where thoughts are shared and memories made. It's the multi-faceted heart of the beautiful home. Here's an insight into the sizzling conversations.

Gayatri: We are going to discuss, debate, converse about the kitchen being a social space, and of course, the next session we will talk about the future of kitchens.

Gayatri: I am going to ask Manu to just talk a little bit about himself and all the reference, yeah?

Manu: Well, so I think I am sure a lot of people here have kids who are growing up and want to be a chef. That's how it started with me. We had no cable TV, in fact, we had no TV at home for five years because the folks decided that we were terrible students which we were. So the refuge for me was the kitchen and when you had nothing else to do you finished your homework, you went into the kitchen and that was really where the love fair with food started. I studied at St. Stephens in Delhi. After college, I went off to New York where I studied the culinary arts, worked few years, outstanding experience. And came back under due rest to India in 2004 and became head chef in Bangalore for a restaurant called Olive. (Today is Olive Bar And Kitchen)

Gayatri: So I just wanted to get started with Sandeep saying can you just give us a couple of words, you know, since we all know now that the kitchen is the new social space. What are your thoughts while talking to families and clients about this space in a home?

Sandeep: Well, the kitchen has, of course, come out of the closet. It's come from the back of the house as we saw in the presentation to the front of the house. In the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a kitchen with glass looking into the kitchen. It was a scandalous idea at that time to look into the kitchen, to see pots and pans. But, he designed these homes which were for the middle class and that's what spurt this kind of entire revolution of the kitchen which was brought into the front of the house which interacted with the living and dining spaces of the house and actually then that wall and that barrier also got broken and it got integrated completely into the house.

So when I got clients it's pretty much, you know, they are talking about various age groups, the nuclear family especially are the ones that want the open kitchen, the social kitchen. They want to show off to their guests, they want to entertain their guests, the kids want to do their homework on the kitchen table. They want to be efficient during the weekday and cook gourmet meals on the weekend because everyone is now a master chef and so it really has become that kind of hub, the space has become a lot more collaborative and everyone wants to cook, all the age groups want to cook and everyone wants to be together doing this activity. It's a creative activity. It's fun and it has become therapeutic to cook and a great experience for the family as well as with the guests.

Gayatri: Yeah. While we are talking about cooking let's ask Manu what his thoughts are on the food, you know, I mean how things have changed from what it used to be years ago to now.

Manu: Cuisines constantly evolve, food constantly evolves and kitchen therefore constantly evolves. And how you behave and operate out of the kitchen is basically an extension or a function of that. I look around at most of these kitchens and I am thinking I can more easily put out a gourmet meal from here than I can from some of my own because they are just so fantastically laid out (referring to Nolte Kitchens). There is so much thought and science and technology that's gone behind each one of these. It's feeding into a greater aspiration and also setting up in a fairly holistic way for the future. So it's already a kitchen of the future at many levels because the kitchens like these which were shown in that slideshow, I could actually relate to most of these kitchens as I grew up in a kitchen like that. We had the storeroom next to the kitchen which was this giant room, some of it was locked, but mostly occupied by these humongous vessels which were never used or everything was cooked in bulk and therefore then stored away. All that has fundamentally changed and a lot more can be stored today in a modern kitchen than you could in those giant stores.

Gayatri: Sandeep. I wanted to just ask you what are your thoughts on kitchen spaces really getting into offices as well. Pantries and food especially big campuses have these huge spaces. What are your thoughts on that?

Sandeep: As far as offices are concerned I think co-working spaces are probably showing the way because forget about campuses with canteens, okay that's a function which most campuses have to have but I think co-working spaces with the sexy counter in the center with a coffee machine and the cookies, the free cookies and the beer being served day in and day out that has really caught on and that has kind of stirred everyone's imagination and pretty much now every office you go to globally and now all the offices that you seem to be designing here have that experience of the hub, the space which is the counter, the space where you can kind of hang out and socialize and meet and have a cup of coffee or have a drink in the evenings. So the social hub has come to the office for sure.

Also, there has been a big evolution in office design and it has become more residential. People are wanting offices that are more residential and more hospitality based. So the typical corporate interior is kind of being flung out of the window. People want warmer, more engaging spaces, so I think this whole – the kitchen and the social kitchen and the lounge and the living room and the living spaces all feed into that idea of the residential office.

Gayatri: When getting back to the home, luxury homes have two kitchens, do you still see that continuing or do you see that just kind of coming into a more compact space? Next thing that I wanted to ask you was about homes. Luxury homes and kitchens and as against things which are now getting a lot more functional and lot more effective in apartments as well. So how do you see the two?

Sandeep: In India, we have this kind of complex social structure of joint families and tradition is still a major part of the family structure in a lot of families. So, when you are talking about the nuclear family, of course, we are talking about people who are more open to the idea of the open kitchen, but people are still very concerned about smells of Indian food and a lot of other cuisines. So a lot of people are opting for two kitchens, the so-called wet kitchen and then the kitchen that they kind of bake and cook their pasta. The open kitchen is collaborative, everyone is cooking in there but then the close kitchen where you have stuff unless you get rid of that aspect of our lives and it will probably – well it will go in a decade. We also have got the huge issue of Vastu in India and if you are talking about bringing the kitchen to the centre of the house it ain't happening in a lot of houses. When you are talking about these kinds of things in India and it's very complex. Dealing with joint families and all lot of the times we are dealing with these double kitchen concept where the open kitchen is for light cooking, you have got your exhaust. You are not worried about the fumes whereas a closed one is for those who are worried about smell or fumes going into the living room.

Manu: We are a country which is rooted very deeply in its traditions which I do sometimes think terribly misplaced. But functionality needs to be the key and that's a problem with a lot of what I see of and that fumes point is very pertinent, the new exhaust systems are fantastic which is what makes life just so much simpler. What causes so much odour, that's the question. And again when you are in the science of cooking you understand that there are things that are more different which cause greater smell in a kitchen and most of it now has been eliminated through technology and technology is actually solving that not only in the modern kitchen but generally even in my own kitchen.

Gayatri: How apartment kitchens have got so compact and the gadgetry that is being used. Have you used the steamer in any of your kitchens? We still have to get there, I guess the healthier options.

Manu: What's happening is now the gap has really shortened. There was a time when I could be proud of the fact that I had really an advanced equipment in my kitchen, my industrial kitchens. I had a combination oven. I had one which had combi steam etc. I had industrial everything and that's why restaurant kitchen is always just so many leagues ahead of let's say home kitchen. Thanks to these plants guys who are standing around here somewhere. They have completely eliminated that gap. And I was astounded to see that every single piece of technology that I have in my kitchen already exists at a home level. I couldn't believe it. That combination oven is already in a home.

Gayatri: What's your wacky idea for a kitchen in a home?

Sandeep: I think the refrigerator was probably introduced to Indian kitchens in the 1960s so we are talking about 50 years now you can probably look at recipes on your fridge and look at the weather on a screen and but in the next decades you are definitely going to be talking to your fridge and I think the future of kitchens is going to be led by the appliance manufacturers and not by architects in terms of smart technology but artificial intelligence is here to stay, I mean there is no doubt about it. We have got your Amazon Alexa, you are speaking to Alexa and I mean all my friends in New York when I went there, they had Alexa permanently on their kitchen table and they were ordering all their groceries with Alexa directly through the app. So your blender is probably going to be connected to your smartwatch and it's probably going to say that okay I will make you a smoothie based on your diet and how many steps you have taken today and it's probably going to link to your fridge that will order your groceries for you and the right kind of banana that will go into your smoothie and I think that's where the reality smart technology is going to – which is here to stay.

Manu: There is a new gadget which again all the chefs are picking up but I give it about a year before it becomes part of a standard kitchen is called a thermo-mix. Itblends, cooks, weighs, and steams. So essentially you just throw everything in there and it weighs it for you and you put the lid on, you press the button and put a timer on it, you can come back six hours later and your soup will be ready. So it's already happening. We are heading into future where your fridge will tell you whom to date. If your fridge told you who to date I mean that's just how quickly we are moving forward.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Nolte at Eurocucina 2018: Where Trends Meet Individual Design

After IMM Cologne, which took place earlier this year, one can easily see that Nolte has an even larger presence at Eurocucina 2018, an exhibition, part of the Salone del Mobile which is the world's biggest furniture and design fair. The stall received a good crowd of people - retailers, designers, architects, interior designers, and design enthusiasts.

This year in Milan, Nolte showcased seven inspiring designs with highlights from the large portfolio. The designs combine functionality and comfort for individual kitchen living. The range of kitchens was presented with a tagline 'Kitchen Living for Everyone'.

Speaking about flexibility, this year there were over 170 door alternatives. Going forward, MatrixArt will be available with White handle trims in addition to the existing choice in Black, Quartz Grey or with Metal Effect. With lighting, all horizontal trims can be turned into design elements, adding to the cosy atmosphere of the kitchen. Also, new for Eurocucina is the push-to-open mechanism for the doors of the fridge.

STONE in Concrete decor now has a matching carcass

Original materials and realistic decors are alternatives for door finishes. Nolte’s unique measurement system, Matrix 150, based on 150mm comes with many unit types and sizes. Matching details, such as cabinets with the same decor inside and outside, make everything look harmonious. Nolte stands for individuality, ergonomic designs where all elements add up neatly.

Metal is an important finish that is attractive in every way. It is seen in Ferro's door range. Together with cement, which was introduced in 2017, was shown at Eurocucina for the first time through door ranges PORTLAND (original) and STONE (decor), the metal door options make possible the design on-trend.

Genuine metal door FERRO in Blue Steel with CUBE racks

Industrial Kitchens now adapt to individual requirements. Thin worktops, racks FLEX and CUBE with a choice of options for individual configuration, and glass doors for wall units with a mesh wire effect are great to add to these creations. The result is an Industrial Design with an elegant, lightweight appearance for maximum living comfort.

These elements are also ideal for INTEGRA, a perfect example of how Nolte allows the combination of several items: Available in three trend colours - Arctic White, Quartz Grey and Papyrus Grey – the new range has a minimalist handle as part of the door. By choice, handle inserts in Black or with Stainless Steel Effect can be added, varying the look and resulting in a great sense of depth.

INTEGRA Papyrus Grey with Black handle inserts

Colour and Style
The potential for variation is also typical of Nolte Kitchen’s popular Matt Lacquer Concept. This now has 20 attractive colours, grouped in pairs within a cool and a warm sequence. The shades can be used on four door ranges that cover all the different kitchen styles. An example of the traditional look is ornamental frame door WINDSOR LACK, shown in Milan in Black soft matt. This colour gives the door a modern twist - an effect that gets even stronger when combined with mirror-door island modules taken from SALON, one of three kitchen concepts that belong to the Nolte Neo product line. The three concepts can be combined freely with furniture from the standard range.

WINDSOR LACK in Black soft matt with mirror doors on Nolte Neo SALON island modules

The range is clearly structured through concepts, so it is easy to narrow down the choice via colours, materials, or style. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Nolte's Guide to Kitchen Care and Maintenance

Just as we are known for our eye for details, our kitchens are crafted to perfection for nearly a century. Each Nolte product is built in Germany to our benchmark quality. Despite that, there's also the customer's bit that makes the kitchens last for many years, all you have to do is clean your kitchen regularly and properly in order to maintain the high value of your new kitchen for years to come.   


While shipping or packaging, plastic film is used as an additional safeguard and thus provides effective protection for our high-quality furniture surfaces. Any adhesive residues that may be left after removing the plastic can easily be wiped away with a little alcohol-based cleaner on a soft cloth. Never use strong chemical products.

The high quality surfaces of a Nolte kitchen are very easy to look after.
Whether your kitchen is synthetic or made from real wood, certain detergents should not be used under any circumstances. These include harsh liquid detergents and abrasives. Polish, wax and solvents are also not suitable, and will in fact do your kitchen more harm than good. Do not use a steam cleaner.

The following always applies:
Our kitchen units are essentially made of wood and wood-based materials which must be protected against water and steam, even after prolonged use and despite the comprehensive measures taken to seal them.

Room climate
The materials used in the kitchen have all been designed for use in a controlled room climate and should ideally be used at a relative humidity of 45%-70% (18-22 degrees). Slight distortion or warping is a sign that the ideal room climate conditions (e.g. not enough or too much heating) have not been observed, and does not constitute a material flaw. This warping, which is typical of wood materials, is determined by the temperature and humidity of the present environment.

Typical material odours:
When new, almost everything has its own distinctive odour. This also applies to furniture and lacquers in particular. Our ranges of high-quality real lacquer finishes are no exception either as this property demonstrates the authenticity of genuine lacquered fronts. The airing process can only begin when the protective films we apply are peeled off after the kitchen has been fitted. Depending on room climate or how often a cabinet is opened, the length of time taken for lacquer to lose its odour may differ.

Cleaning the cabinets

Use a slightly damp cloth and a liquid household detergent / glass cleaner to clean the cabinets, shelves and drawers /pull-outs. Always dry with a soft cloth after cleaning.
If the cloth is too wet, water could penetrate cracks and gaps and cause the material to swell up. Make sure the sealing lip is cleaned from time to time. This will help to prevent dust from collecting inside the cabinet. It is completely normal for marks to appear around the seal as it acts a barrier.

This is why we recommend that the units be regularly opened and that provision be made for intensive ventilation of the kitchen area in order to eliminate odours due to cooking vapours and cooking residues in the furniture.

Abrasive detergents, anything containing thinners and artificial resins are not suitable for cleaning your kitchen.

Cleaning handles properly

When cleaning your kitchen unit handles, refrain from using substances which contain solvents and substances that damage aluminium, in addition to vinegar-based cleaners and cleaning products containing steel, as they can cause permanent staining.
If you use cleaning products that do not  display this information, try them out first – at your own risk – in a small area that is not obvious in normal use.

Care instructions for wooden fronts, solid or veneered

Wood is a living material with natural variations in colour and texture. Light of any kind will cause the colour to change, which is completely normal and natural. It is not a cause for complaint. Solid wood fronts are easy to look after. The surfaces have been sealed with several layers of high quality varnish. We advise you to clean your kitchen units with a slightly damp cloth. Always wipe in the direction of the grain, as this helps to remove dirt from the pores. Dry with a soft cloth after cleaning to prevent moisture from accumulating in profiles, corners and on edges. Dirt marks must not be left to dry and must be removed immediately. Avoid the use of  excessively wet cloths in this case.

Wood should never be exposed to very humid or very dry air as this could cause it to move – it will expand or shrink, despite the careful application of a very high quality varnish. Do make sure you use the extractor whenever you are cooking, or else ensure that the room is adequately ventilated.
Synthetic fronts

Unit fronts with synthetic coatings are easy to clean with any commercially available household detergent, ideally with a soft cloth, hand-hot water and a little washing-up liquid. Never use a polishing cleaner or hard sponge. Stubborn marks, such as fat splashes, paint or glue residue, may be removed with any commercially available plastic cleaner. Test on a small area that is not on view before using any of these products for the first time. Do not use any cleaners containing solvents, or steam cleaners!

High-gloss fronts

Please note that high gloss and varnished fronts should not be cleaned in the dry state.

The use of abrasive cleaning materials such as microfibre cloths, scouring sponges, etc. can increase the appearance of scratches. No complaints will be entertained in this respect. Traces of fine scratches visible in sunlight and halogen light are normal. These are due to the high gloss effect and are not a surface defect.

It is best to use a dustless, damp chamois (wash-leather) for gentle cleaning and also for drying off afterwards.

Glass fronts

As with all other glass items, please avoid hard knocks and bumps against the fronts when handling crockery or heavy pots and pans, for splintered glass can cause injuries and must be replaced. Glass fronts are best cleaned with standard household cleaning agents or a glass cleaning agent (e.g. for cleaning mirrors). Spray the surface as usual and wipe with a soft cloth. Ensure that corrosive substances or liquids do not enter the handle hole under high pressure, as they may damage the handle fittings.

Do not use any polishing agents, hard sponges or solvent-based cleaning agents and steam cleaners.
Fitted appliances

Self-cleaning system, activClean, active carbon filters, pyrolysis, catalysis – these are just a few of the technical processes that are too complicated to explain here. Instead, we recommend that you read the information provided by the manufacturers of your electrical appliances carefully, and follow them.

Steam and heat

Nolte Kitchen offers a variety of protective devices to protect your furniture against steam, humidity and heat. These devices will already be in place when you receive your kitchen, or else will be installed by the fitter.

Make sure that steam and heat from electrical appliances such as microwave, coffee machine, kettle and so on do not come into contact with the furniture, as bursts of steam will cause it to swell up.


Surfaces: All our worktops are products made by renowned manufacturers and finished with a highly resistant laminate surface. Despite this, the worktop must not be used as a cutting surface, for knives will cause permanent damage. Earthenware pots and heavy or sharp-edged objects can produce scratches if pushed over the surface; such scratches, however, are not attributable to a defect in the material. In spite of our exceedingly stringent quality standards, signs of use will become visible more quickly on very dark and light decors than on others, depending on the degree of use.

Cleaning: Worktop surfaces should always be cleaned with a damp, soft cloth without any abrasive particles. Detergent or occasionally laundry soap can be added to remove particularly stubborn dirt. Soaking may also be necessary sometimes. If your worktop has a tangible surface texture, it should always be cleaned parallel to the direction of this texture. Special methods are described in the chapter Care instructions for worktops on our website.

Heat: Do not place hot pots and pans from the hob directly on the worktop. Always use a suitable trivet, as the surface of the worktop will suffer irreparable damage if exposed to hot pots and pans, no matter how briefly.

Water: Due to the joins between worktops, pools of water should never be allowed to remain on the surface. Note that soapy water flows more easily than pure water. We therefore recommend that pools of water be removed immediately to avoid damage due to swelling, especially near joins.

Genuine wood front edge: If your worktop has a solid wood front edge, special care must be taken. Heavy loads and impacts must be avoided, such as knocking crockery or utensils against the soft wooden edging. Visible damage must be repaired by suitable means (e.g. re-varnishing, repair).

Built-in sinks and hobs

Built-in sinks, hobs and anything not specifically listed here made of stainless steel are best cleaned with a sponge or fleece cloth and either washing-up liquid or any well-known special cleaner (stainless steel cleaner, metal polish etc.).

Abrasive cleaners must not be used.
Remove surface rust (oxidised iron particles, e.g. iron filings after the initial installation of water pipes) immediately with a commercial stainless steel cleaner.

Use gentle washing-up or cleaning liquids on sinks made of other materials such as  porcelain, synthetic material and acrylic ceramic, and on stainless steel.
Abrasive detergents will damage your sink.

Follow these tips meticulously and your kitchen will be around for many more years.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends You will See in 2018 and Forward

Decades ago, the kitchen was hidden in the back of the house and was a place where meals were prepared and dirty dishes were washed. Fast forward to 2018, kitchens have become the heart and hearth of the home. Today, the kitchen is the focal point of the home, the place that brings everyone together at the start of the day or after a long day. When such is the role of the kitchen, it is quite important that we stay up with the trends and know what's hot in the world of kitchen design. Here are the top 10 trends in kitchen design we expect to see in 2018 and forward. 

Smart Kitchens

This is one of the biggest trends going into 2018 and further. Technology has entered the kitchen making everything in the kitchen from the fancy gadgets to appliances be controlled by an app, wifi, Bluetooth, smartphones or iPads. Today, smart kitchens are an evolving aspect of design. Soon the kitchens will have refrigerators that can alert you when your grocery items are running low or a coffee maker programmed to have your coffee ready when you wake up. There is also a gadget that monitors your eggs, telling you which ones are almost going bad. You can also control all the lights in the kitchen from your smartphone or tablet. Nolte was a part of the Smart Homes installation at IMM Cologne 2018. Nolte, with its concept 'Living in the kitchen' demonstrated the merging of design, comfort, and technology. Nolte Kitchens showcased an innovative ceramic worktop featuring an invisibly integrated induction hob. And if you don't really plan on re-doing your kitchen, then use the latest gadgets like Amazon Echo & Alexa and Google Home and other such gadgets to stay up with the trends. These gadgets have become 'essentials' in the kitchen, enabling homeowners to order products, play music, set reminders or find out the recipes at the touch of a button or the sound of a voice. All this has certainly made cooking easier and quicker.

Countertop Materials

In terms of countertops, Quartz finish continues to be on the top along with granite and wood. Quartz is robust, easy to maintain, is anti-microbial, resistant to spills and scratches, making them a smart choice for families or busy cooks. When Quartz first came to the market, there were limited choices, but today you will see a wide range of colours as well as realistic stone patterns.

Open Layouts

Open-plan kitchens have revolutionised the way we cook and entertain. The open plan kitchen has made room for more interaction, more people, and a more casual lifestyle. Nolte calls the open plan kitchen concept as The Social Kitchen, allowing for a more sociable experience for everyone. With this concept, the kitchen has become the other living room, the party place. A desire for informal dining and comfortable cooking drives this design trend, supporting a casual yet connected lifestyle. Open kitchens encourage interaction and entertainment with their breezy blend of living spaces. Open layouts are here to stay for a long time.

Induction Cooking

There's a fair amount of awareness when it comes to induction cooking and therefore the modern kitchens come with one setting a trend in aesthetics. More and more kitchens have introduced induction because induction burners utilize little heat, even cramped kitchens stay cool while cooking, surfaces remain safe to touch, and cooking is fast. Plus, these cook-tops eliminate the need for a large range hood, opening the door to creative design possibilities. At the Cologne fair, Nolte displayed kitchens with ceramic worktop featuring an invisibly integrated induction hob making way for more flexible cooking and convenience. 

Tech That Does the Work for You

Today fancy gadgets, devices and appliances have made cooking an enjoyable experience. With innovation, cooking is fast, easy, and convenient. Some of the examples include Amazon's Echo voice control device or Sony Xperia projectors.

Integrated Appliances

Unlike the conventional kitchens which has all appliances sticking out, the kitchens of the future will have integrated appliances. This trend has opened a new world for designs. The storage has shifted to underneath counters while appliances have become accessible by seamlessly blending in with the interiors. There is no wastage of space with kitchen gadgets, dishwasher, ovens, garbage, all being integrated with clever panelling and built-ins for convenience.

Cabinet Colours
White will remain a popular cabinet colour in 2018 and probably for years to come. Light greys, soft greys, and warm greys from medium to dark shades are even more widely seen in kitchens than in previous years. Blues are also gaining momentum, especially in a combination of two shades of the same colour – for example, light blue for wall cupboards and dark blue for base units. Also, this year is all about mixing and matching colours. Using multiple colours in kitchens has become a popular trend this year. White and grey seem to be the two big cabinet colours going into 2018 still. Their modern, clean look will keep them as favourites for years. More and more homeowners are getting bolder and opting for a kitchen with dark cabinet colours in 2018.

Maximised Kitchen Storage

Going forward kitchen storage options will be mainly focusing on making daily lives more effortless and cooking fun. Multi-tiered drawers, drawer organisers, and deep drawers make accessibility easy and convenient. This solves kitchen storage issues within the cabinetry. 

Open Shelving
Give upper kitchen cabinets a new look by shelving them. Open shelving also adds room for lots of greenery like kitchen herbs. It also provides extra storage space for accessories. 


LED lighting continues to be applied in innovative ways. Lighting under cabinetry and counters is an easy way to change the atmosphere of a room. Illuminate the work surface by placing LED lights under the worktop to transform a kitchen into an entertaining space. Use LEDs to illuminate a toe-kick, perk up an island, or brighten the work space beneath the cabinetry. The new-age lights are more efficient and long-lasting than halogen and fluorescent bulbs. Disguised or concealed lighting has become more common place in most designs.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Social Kitchen - the Bangalore episode

As the sun set and the clock struck 6:30 on Friday evening of 23rd February 2018, one could see the Nolte Studio in Koramangala Bangalore filled with the buzz. The IIID (Institute of Indian Interior Designers) Bangalore in association with Nolte organised 'The Social Kitchen', an event filled with spirited discussions, amazing insights, and fun around the kitchen.

Chef Manu Chandra (left), Architect Gayathri Shetty (centre), and Architect Sandeep Khosla (right)

Just as the crowd settled with a drink and sumptuous food, they braced themselves for an insightful presentation on 'Evolution of Kitchens'. Architect Gunjan Das gave a presentation on how kitchens have evolved from the traditional setting which allowed only the close family to enter and considered it as a sacred place opposed to the modern kitchens where the kitchen has become a social gathering for family and friends. The presentation also threw light on the kitchen designs wherein the traditional kitchens were a closed place as opposed to the modern kitchen like Nolte which has an island and an open kitchen design. The open kitchen allows one to share thoughts, ideas, and indulge in meaningful conversations.

A beautiful presentation by Architect Gunjan Das

After the sweet and short presentation, the crowd was led to the Neo kitchen where the sizzling conversations began. "On the Grill", was the second session where Celebrity Chef Manu Chandra and Architect Sandeep Khosla spoke about ideas around the kitchen. Architect Gayatri Shetty was the coordinator and was able to get some amazing kitchen stories from Manu's and Sandeep's lives.

Sizzling conversations

Manu's thoughts on the social kitchen:
Manu Chandra said that "Just as habits evolve, even food evolves and so does a kitchen. Nowadays people want warmer and more engaging spaces and the modern kitchen meets these demands. With technology, the kitchen has solved functionality to a great extent with the ease of cooking and storage. I have always been of the opinion that kitchen is the heart of the house and even from a design philosophy aspect it is becoming the heart of the house. And, people want to gather around the kitchen. I grew up around a kitchen and suddenly there was a time when the ethos disappeared and it has come back in a very strong way. And the design is actually leading it. It is amazing how design can dictate the way families interact and come together. That's really what we want, we want everyone to come back together and a well-designed kitchen facilitates that."

The chef shares his experiences

Sandeep's thoughts on the social kitchen:
"From the design perspective kitchen has come front from the back of the house. Today, we see that modern kitchens have nuclear families interacting, kids doing their homework in the kitchen, cooking happening on weekends, space has become collaborative. With music around the kitchen has become a therapeutic place to cook, plus offices have kitchens and it has developed into a place to socialise." Being an architect himself, Sandeep shared his ideas on what future kitchens would be like. He said, "In future, we may have refrigerators displaying recipes, or telling the weather forecast. We would also be talking to the fridge in the next decade just like how we talk to Alexa the intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon. Ordering grocery would be easy with smart technology which is going to stay."

The architect shares his point of view

The session was interactive with the audience being asked to give out some whacky ideas for a kitchen design. The audience actively participated sharing their thoughts.

The Stage for the event

The event ended with Stand-Up Comedian - Satish Perumal tickling the funny bones of the audience with his act on “Entertainment in the Kitchen”.

The funny man kept the audience alive

There was much laughter to spread all around. And of course, conversations, cuisine, and merriment.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

5 Modern Bedrooms That Are Stylish and Match Your Personality

Gone are the days when bedrooms were treated as just a place to rest or sleep. Today, bedrooms have evolved and become truly personal. They are a chic sanctuary for entertainment, for work, for dreams, for relaxation,  for de-stress and more. When you spend a lot of time in there, you surely want the place to be cosy, comforting, and impeccably stylish.

Nolte as an aficionado in bedroom furniture gives you an opportunity to fulfil your bedroom look fantasy. Nolte makes beds and side-tables that can be coordinated to match the wardrobe. You can choose suitable heights and dimensions, a headboard and a chest of drawers to go with the room from a wide range of exciting models. After all who wouldn't want a modern bedroom that matches your personality and taste? 

Concept Me
A design as unique as you. That very much defines what CONCEPT ME is all about. An all-new series of coordinated wardrobes, beds, and chests of drawers, engaging a new design concept of ‘boxed-out’ drawers and tall units. A perfect union of technique, quality, and durability. The wardrobe collection is presented in 7 body finishes and 17 front finishes, from exotic platinum oak to unusual fango glass. There are two height options and a range of widths that go up to 400 cm, with hinged or sliding doors, or even a logical mix of the two. Concept Me features sophisticated storage space functions and also Soft Close for the gentle closing of drawers and doors. With styles from pure to natural, a wide variety of sizes and infinite extendibility is possible. Simply combine the elements you like best. So don’t just get the most out of your life – get the most out of your bedroom, too. With concept me.

Classic, timeless elegance, well-conceived functionality and pleasing comfort BELVENTO is the bedroom collection for demanding tastes. It is thoughtfully designed and  provides a sophisticated framework for practical details such as optional under bed storage drawers. Its silent system allows the doors to open easily and close. Belvento has body in three colours, front in four colours and allows you to tailor your bedroom with the wide configurations of your choice. 

You'll wonder when did bedrooms become so stylish. IPANEMA is not only beautiful, but also offers enough space for everything that needs a place. The collection offers six front colours in glass and wood finishes and four body colours. The upholstered headboard is available in three colours. It also gives one the freedom to choose a wide range of internal and external accessories.

Give yourself a personal retreat With LIVIA. Totally natural, with uncluttered designs, delicate features, and an atmosphere that leaves its mark on a room at first glance, transforming it into something really special. The front and body are available in three colours and interior finishes in two types. Livia has a separable double bed with adjustable foot, optional glass shelf with LED lighting, and an optional mirrored front.

NOVARA is everything about harmony, everything fits. Just the way you wish. Besides, Novara goes well with any decor set-up. Most importantly, it offers excellent functionality, lots of ideas, details, clear design vocabulary, and personality. The wardrobe is available in six colour combinations, beds in six, and chest in four. The glass and decor surfaces create attractive contrasts. The bed and bedside chests appear suspended in mid-air. The bed has an upholstered headboard with an option of headboard lighting. Novara also gives the option of glass shelf with LED lighting.

Check out the coordinated bedroom collection here: 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Future of Smart Homes is here - An Installation At IMM Cologne

As the world becomes increasingly complex, there is a growing need among consumers for energy-saving devices, security, lifestyle, convenience, and entertainment. In this day and age, technology has shown its supremacy through smart phones, smart cars, smart TV, smart watch and now there's something called smart homes as well. This demands for designers who can simplify and streamline our lives. At the recently concluded IMM Cologne (Jan 15th - 21st, 2018), the most important international interiors show, “Let’s be smart” – the future of intelligent homes was a smart home installation displayed at the fair to showcase how a functioning smart home would really look like today.

The smart homes had forward-thinking exhibitors whose design work aesthetically dealing with future problems in unexpected ways. The installation showcased the current state of the art and future solutions in terms of products, projects, and real-time scenarios related to accessible living, the home office and lifestyle and entertainment.

The installation was in the form of a real house that is open for visitors to enter and explore. The concept was aimed to showcase smart home solutions for accessible living.

The fair comprehensively presented the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry.

The smart home generally refers to the intelligent networking of electrical appliances in the home, including building services heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling and sanitary installations as well as communications and security technology. The smart home can be controlled in the residence itself via built-in interfaces or on the go via a Smartphone or tablet for convenience. Self-learning devices  that adapt to their owners’ usage habits is what will be seen more in the coming future.

Many partners and companies collaborated on the installation, which ties in perfectly with the architecture-related ranges such as lighting and bathrooms. Partners who participated include Rehau, Rohr, smart3, smartblock, betula manus, VDM, THS, Connected-living, controLED, Clage, Grohe, Biffar, Miele, Artomé and Nolte.

Nolte was happy to be a part of the event and having presented modular kitchens that demonstrate how tomorrow’s future can be practically experienced today. Nolte kitchens presented innovative conceptual approaches in the area of Smart Living, bringing together technology and living space design. As a forward thinker in terms of kitchen living space, Nolte, with its concept 'Living in the kitchen' demonstrates the merging of design, comfort, and technology. The installed kitchens inspire and give a sense of having all the options open to the customers to design individual kitchens as a living space – and to achieve this independent of budget. Nolte Kitchens showcased an innovative ceramic worktop featuring an invisibly integrated induction hob. The unique worktop provides the ultimate in minimalist design. The robust construction allows the ‘hob’ area to be a multi-purpose zone, suitable for many different purposes other than cooking.

Nolte partnered with Sony mobile to present the Xperia Projector which received a lot of attention from the audience at the fair. The Xperia Projector is compatible with many different apps so the projector can create totally new interactive experiences, e.g. gaming, cooking, travel planning or enjoying music together. According to Nolte, the projector was presented in various everyday scenarios on its stand illustrating how this unique smart product can transform the kitchen habitat by providing a totally new way to communicate and interact. Overall, the kitchens were an innovative combination of technology and living space working together in harmony. Showcasing the versatility and flexibility of the range in the various styles was one of Nolte’s declared aims at the fair.

Nolte bedrooms were also a part of the smart homes installation. One can summarise the bedroom experience to 'A place for everything'. When it's a Nolte bedroom you're never short on choice. A bedroom that's personalised to your taste - comfortable and robust beds, wardrobe and cabinets available in a choice of colours, finishes, and fronts to match your decor. Embedded LED lights, motorised doors, more storage, more space and more style. The options are limitless.

Other eye-catching smart technology includes ‘Mygdal Plantlight’ by Nui Studio, smart controller Nuimo by Senic, ‘Masa Table’, ‘Mark II’, ‘Meta Side Table’ by New Tendency, ‘The Frame TV’ by Samsung, ‘Angle’ Coat Rack, ‘Clock Bin’, ‘Colour Wood Side Chair’, ‘Scout Chair’, ‘Colour Wood Table’, ‘Castor Dining Bench’, ‘Castor Stool’, ‘Castor Low Chair’, ‘Soft Triangle’ et al, by Karimoku New Standard.