Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Camouflage Kitchen by Destilat Architect
August 14th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Destilat Architect
Eternit is a material which was actually used for roof shingles and cladding panels for houses. With Camouflage kitchen, destilat now draws the bow from the façade of a house to the façade of a kitchen, stresses the similar demands of both regarding material and optics, and recalls the original purpose of the material.
The robust and durable, yet elegant surface of the kitchen is distinguished by its smooth and pleasant touch. Being a natural material, Eternit is of course completely recyclable. Bearing in mind the local production and the fact that Eternit is an Austrian invention, it is furthermore a nice example of regional value added.
For Camouflage many individual elements are assembled into a homogeneous entity similar to a typical façade made of Eternit panels, so that, despite the light weight material, the front resembles a solid, monolithic boulder.
All necessary horizontal partitions for roll-out shelves, drawers and handles are designed in a slightly inclined angle in order to underline this massive impression. Although this seems only a minimal intervention from the creative point of view, it transforms ordinary seams into a distinctive design feature with ornamental effects. All seams become dynamic and the horizontal partitions are masked or “camouflaged”, hence the name of the kitchen.
Of course Camouflage is available in a wide range of colours. Each kitchen is unique and custom made, designed according to the individual demands. Camouflage is currently on display in the destilat showroom, Lehargasse 10, 1060 Vienna.
The creative heads behind destilat are Harald Hatschenberger, Thomas Neuber, Henning Weimer and Wolfgang Wimmer. destilat is nationally and internationally active in architecture, interior design and furniture design and maintains showrooms in Vienna and Linz.
destilat sees each project in a holistic context and offers comprehensive, elaborate architectural concepts, paying careful attention even to the smallest details. Starting from the first sketches to planning and realization of complete interior concepts, destilat offers all from one source. destilat develops architectural concepts for private and public customers, for office as well as for public space and also for exhibition stands at trade fairs. destilat integrates corporate architecture and the respective brands and products into architectural concepts and supports its customers in the development of furniture for mass-production. Experience destilat’s competence in the showroom Lehargasse 10 , 1060 Vienna!
destilat describes its mission as follows:
“There is no such thing as past, present or future – what counts is what you make out of it. Design is a process without beginning or end, a vast area of curiosity, a depository of ideas. This creative chaos is the space we inhabit, roaming somewhere between the old and the new. We are searching for innovations that appear familiar, for provocations that touch our inner self, for functional gravity that makes us laugh. We are working with emotions and all our senses. The customer’s requirements, technical hard facts, aesthetical aspects – step by step everything is integrated into the design process. The product is the essence of this process. Concentrated, reduced, distilled. We call it by our name.”
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