The extravagant kitchen from Alno with appliances from Bosch and SCHOTT SatinPlus™ glass fronts sets market trends. Photo: ALNO
An All-Glass Kitchen
The kitchen manufacturer Alno, Bosch Hausgeräte and SCHOTT work together and earned both the iF and Red Dot Design Awards.
Glass – this material has long stood for innovation in architecture. What Joseph Paxton’s ”Crystal Palace” was to the World Fair in London back in 1851 is reflected today in the dreams made of glass from people like Helmut Jahn. Glass is a very special and extravagant material, also when it is used in interior designs like the kitchen.
At the ”Küchenmeile A30”, an in-house exhibition of 30 German kitchen manufacturers held in September 2009, the kitchen furniture manufacturer Alno presented the ”Trend Study 2011”, a prototype of a kitchen made of glass produced in cooperation with Bosch Hausgeräte and SCHOTT. This innovative kitchen, including the fronts of the built-in appliances, is made entirely of matte glass surfaces. The kitchen trend study that the companies developed together has now been awarded the two respected design prizes iF Award and Red Dot Design Award. Alno officially launched this kitchen, which includes appliances from Bosch that feature SCHOTT SatinPlus™ glass fronts, in April as the Alnostar Satina program at this year’s international kitchen furniture exhibition ”Eurocucina” in Milan.
”The glass SCHOTT Satin Plus™, which is used in the appliances, not only looks great, but also has a pleasant, silk-like feel to it,” explains Stefan Spengler, Vice President of Home Appliances. This glass has an etched surface that results in a satined finish and also displays the depth effects of glass.
The control panels of the appliances show the innovative combination of the satinated and the transparent glass surface of SCHOTT SatinPlus™. Photo: ALNO
”The fronts of the special glasses that are used are completely in line with the current trend of matte surfaces,” notes Robert Sachon, chief designer for Bosch Hausgeräte. And the guiding principle at Alno Kitchens is that the customer is the measure of all things. ”Our customers get exactly the right kitchen for their needs. With intelligent and patented innovations, we set new standards and meet our customers’ needs,” explains Torben Kasimzade, Corporate Marketing Director at Alno.
The living room and the kitchen are merging more and more. Today, the kitchen is the integrated center of people’s lives and stopped being just a room to prepare food in. Modern household appliances also support this development. They integrate well with the new ”living space kitchen” and even actively influence it.
And innovative design is not the only thing that seems to be perfect with this superlative kitchen. The high-tech glass SatinPlus™ developed by SCHOTT is also a high-quality safety glass. In addition to its elegant appearance and high impact resistance, these fronts are quite easy to keep clean, yet another key advantage for consumers.
With more than 2,900 employees and 16 production facilities in twelve different countries, our flat glass activities are truly at home all over the world. These glasses are used in many different appliances, in both kitchen and living room environments, as well as for commercial presentation of refrigerated food products. The product portfolio ranges from simple glasses to sophisticated glass components for ovens and refrigerators and even complete system solutions for commercial refrigeration. The glass itself is a thermally toughened float glass. Thanks to its many years of experience, SCHOTT has a great deal of specialized know-how and offers customers the full range of products, including customized and innovative solutions. Thanks to its global presence, SCHOTT not only provides local support, but also global expertise for the benefit of the home appliance industry.
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