Beautiful and practical

Melanie Raff and Marco Hornung teamed up to make their dream come true. They have a kitchen that combines both aesthetics and functionality.

The little town of Allensbach on the German shore of Lake Constance offers a splendid vista of apple trees, rolling hills and meadows. ‘We both feel very much at home in these surroundings,’ says Melanie. The couple has a direct view of the lake from their kitchen. ‘The kitchen is the absolute hub of our home,’ adds marketing expert Marco. ‘That’s why it was so important to us to implement our ideas and think through our everyday routine in detail when planning everything.’

Minimalist frontals - striking worktop

The couple’s island kitchen is stylish through and through. ‘The minimalist white frontals radiate a wonderful calm,’ says Melanie with a smile. The model likes things to be natural in her private life and yet it’s important to introduce contrasts.

That’s why the couple discussed the striking worktop around the sink at great length. ‘We didn’t want conventional stainless steel because you can see all the fingerprints. I wanted a modern, slightly industrial feel,’ says Melanie.

The two of them found the solution in Northern Germany. A 5-mm worktop of hot rolled stainless steel that was produced in a single piece.

‘It was important to us to think through our everyday routine and implement our ideas when planning everything.’

Everything runs like clockwork

Marco, a passionate chef, is really pleased with the perfect workflows and functional solutions that make cooking easy.

The layout of kitchen cabinets has been geared exactly to his everyday routine so that everything is within easy reach and he doesn’t have to move far! ‘And I can’t complain about not having enough storage space either,’ he grins. ‘When we planned the kitchen we worked out exactly where every item should be kept.’

The large drawer, for instance, provides enough space for kitchen accessories – so they’re exactly where they’re needed. The worktop between hob and sink has a nice width and depth. There’s plenty of space for chopping up vegetables and rolling out dough. Easy!

‘Melanie loved the elegant, clear-cut design from the start. And I had to have the practical knife holder and film/foil dispenser.’

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Everything runs like clockwork in Melanie and Marco’s kitchen and they’ve made the most of every inch of storage space available. Get some useful tips about how to make your kitchen not only beautiful, but practical too!

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One-touch opening - with SERVO-DRIVE

But what about the waste? No problem. The waste pull-out is directly under the sink and has been equipped with SERVO-DRIVE, the electric motion support system by Blum. All you have to do is nudge it with your hip, knee or foot and it opens by itself. It closes again softly and effortlessly with integrated soft-close BLUMOTION.

‘Ideal for a multi-tasker like me,’ chuckles Marco. ‘My hands are always wet or full. So this pull-out really pays off every day. And if our guests happen to lean against it, it stays closed,’ adds Melanie.

The couple was so enthusiastic about their new freedom of movement that they even had their refrigerator retrofitted with SERVO-DRIVE flex for handle-less fronts. There is an extra switch for turning off SERVO-DRIVE if you want to – for instance for cleaning. ‘Typical Blum,’ says Marco. ‘The products are well thought out and top in terms of quality.’

Elegant drawers with well-thought-out inner dividing systems

The slim and clear-cut design of the LEGRABOX drawers (made of stainless steel with anti-fingerprint coating) greatly contributes to the fine synergy of aesthetics and functionality. And the matching AMBIA-LINE inner dividing system organises interiors beautifully.

There’s just one question that remains to be answered. Did either of them have to lower their expectations? ‘No, no,’ the couple reassures us. All their ideas and wishes have been implemented to the full in their new kitchen. ‘Melanie’s sense of aesthetics and my affinity for functionality do not exclude each other. On the contrary, our requirements complement one another to produce a perfect kitchen,’ sums up Marco. ‘We’re simply an unbeatable team!’ confirms Melanie.



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