New expectations in the kitchen call for new solutions. But which kitchen and household aids are really up to the job?
Which are both innovative and appealingly designed? Sebastian Bergne presents an intelligent selection in the special
‘Solutions’ exhibition. Based in London, the renowned industrial designer attaches particular significance to practical and materials based solutions.
Hall 4.0 Foyer
Sebastian Bergne talks Solutions
Hasn't every gadget for the kitchen and household already been invented?
Amazingly: No! I am constantly being surprised at how even products for the most banal activities can still be optimised. Often they are quite simple, but nevertheless well conceived improvements. Just take the clever stacking pot set from ELO for example.
What are your criteria for curating items for the Solutions presentation?
We are particularly keen on functionality. You could say that is their admission ticket. Then comes easy handling, and of course – ultimately – styling and design. Form and function have to match up.
What trends can you see?
All trends go back to a philosophy, a lifestyle. In the kitchen sector there is a need for suitable products for the new, gentle preparation methods, for example the fish holder from LMW to ensure even, all-sides cooking in the oven. Sustainability and the environment are the big issue in the household of 2019. The new Plastika Skaza kitchen composter, which blocks unpleasant odours, is among the products epitomising the trend.
Introducing the latest kitchen and household helpers
The following products have been selected for Solutions 2019. Click here for your first glimpses:
Selected by experts
London-based industrial designer Sebastian Bergne is curator of the ‘Solutions’ special presentation. He is advised and supported by two renowned industry experts: Kate Birch, editor of ‘Tableware International’ in London and Dr Claudia Wasser, editor-in-chief of ‘Trend and Style’ in Baden-Baden. Together they have come up with an intelligent and diverse range of products.
‘As a designer, I know that you can always make a product more desirable, new ideas and materials are fundamental when creating better household products?’
‘With the growing interest in nutrition and food, new trends are emerging that require the appropriate tools. 'Solutions' is a valuable guide here.’
‘The requirements of functionality and effectiveness are increasing when it comes to household items. At the same time, I see a clear trend towards high-quality design. The product is becoming a status symbol.’