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Oak, granite and steel kitchens by Werkhaus

Martha Taylor-Brown |
Skilled designers and craftsmen from Germany have a unique kitchen collection with solutions that you won't find anywhere else. Made in Raubling, Werkhaus kitchens are sculptures and functional elements at the same time.

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Granite is not a new material in kitchens but this example is outstanding. A single piece of solid granite is the base of this unit. The combination of handle-free drawers and elements made of walnut results in a special kind of kitchen design. Four professional cooktops with accompanying cooktop extractors surround the natural stone sink and provide a supply of clean air. The concept is very interesting and it is a very nice addition to any kitchen style.

Design and functionality, steel and wood, combine to give this kitchen a truly remarkable character. The trunk is hand-crafted into a dining table which also supports a free floating worktop made of stainless steel. This oak element is seven metres (23 feet) long and appears to fully extend outside the home. The aesthetic is natural and man-made, fluid and geometric, warm and cold at the same time. It is a bold kitchen statement.

For all fans of industrial steel kitchens that make them feel pro chefs, here is a lesson from design: cold steel can be mixed with stone to create something much more interesting than a usual steel kitchen can ever be. The worktops made of shell limestone are very thick, completely natural, and the island has a long sink cut into the stone. Another special feature is the handle-free drawers made of solid stainless steel. A truly extraordinary kitchen.

You must be careful when mixing steel and wood, but this design succeeded in that: it blends into the surrounding space to form a single harmonious space. Beautifully designed, the entire area creates the impression of a unified whole, bringing the feeling of a professional kitchen and warm home spirit at the same time. The stainless steel cooking islands, featuring solid oak front panels, blend in attractively with the floor and the oak alcove.

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