LEICHT show us fusion living

December 2019

In recent years modern living has transformed the kitchen. Depending on the kind of home you live in, it’s no longer the place where the cook is tied to the oven while others have the fun elsewhere. With a history that spans just over nine decades, one of the companies that have be understood the architectural and material transformation of this ace is the German brand LEICHT.

The kitchen is arguably the mo accommodating place in the house. A natural gathering place for chefs and cook-illiterates alike, the kitchen is where secrets are shared, homework is corrected, where we all unwind and the fabric of family is woven.

Eating together is a seemingly small act, and it can require very little of us, and invariably it can be one of the happiest parts of the day. It’s a beat to step out of our respective chaotic schedules, have banal or serious discussions – any excuse to talk can be therapeutic. Today, as interior boundaries are continuously blurred, the kitchen often becomes part of the dining room or the living room. The attributes of open-plan living are becoming increasingly popular, and families and housemates often find themselves standing around the kitchen island – a port in the sea that is the open-plan kitchen.

Entirely in line with these tendencies, with its finger continuously on the pulse, the architectural brand LEICHT embodies the fusion of kitchen and living to create holistically planned living spaces. It operates on the idea of connecting the living areas with the kitchen in a visual, but more importantly, functional way.

The company, now arguably one of the biggest players in the luxury kitchen manufacturing realm, was founded as a carpenter‘s workshop in 1928 by the brothers Alois and Josef Leicht, and is now leaving its mark on the modern kitchen architecture of the 21 century. The current CEO, Stefan Waldenmaier, joined LEICHT in 2002. This proved to be a turning point for the company as he put emphasis on working to develop high-end kitchens through well-established dealers and stressed the importance of attending and sparkling at international fairs.

This emphasis on trade fairs planted the seed for Waldenmaier and LEICHT to create the Architekturwerkstatt (architecture workshop) event space in Löhne, which was inaugurated this autumn. It is also where LEICHT presented its 2020 collection. This new exhibition centre, which will focus on high-quality, timeless designs by LEICHT, LIEBHERR, V-ZUG, Inalco and GESSI, intends to create a more casual and intimate se ing in which to experience the aged aces of each of these premium brands.

The way to design-lovers hearts, however, is not only a good concept but also stellar execution, both of which LEICHT knows something about. It heavily emphasises sleek (sometimes invisible) design choices, clever spatial solutions and, above all, exquisite material choice. Materials are particularly important in multi-use aces like the kitchen, because they allow and encourage the activities of the spatial design. The cooking countertops made of brushed steel (easy to clean) and the kitchen island dining counters made of wood (comfortable to work on). Materials also inherently set the character of the space, with their various colours and textures. We can agree that dark veneer, white satin lacquer and elm wood all speak to a different personality. The kitchen really can be a place to express some personal quirks. You love growing fresh herbs? Why not in all a garden bed in the kitchen, in that case? You have a slight Le Corbusier fetish? Why not select the kitchen fronts in one of the 15 nuances of Les Couleurs® Le Corbusier collection by the Swiss architect ? Who said cooking is the only way to express oneself in the kitchen?