The twentieth century has been that of the great revolutions if we talk about design in homes. Ergonomic chairs produced in series are an example as well as sofas, which have become epicenters of living rooms. The kitchens have not been spared fortunately from this revolution and one of those responsible for them was Martin Bulthaup, who in 1949 founded the company that continues to carry his name.
In the 50s, Martin Bulthaup innovated in the production of furniture with the purchase of his own sawmill and collaboration with the best craftsmen in the area, in Bavaria. Quality then becomes a maxim, as well as an idea that will never disappear from the philosophy of the company: conceiving the kitchen not as a space solely for women but as a meeting place, family, to share.
The 60 represent a great expansion for the company, which begins to export outside of Germany; the factory is expanded and the workforce grows. A decade that ends with the presentation of the Stil 75 kitchen model. It is a completely innovative design, which anticipates the advances of the following years.
Throughout the 70 there will be two major changes: Bulhtaup moves its headquarters to new facilities that are more suited to the new situation of leading company in Europe, and Martin Bulthaup hands over the address to his son Gerd and his daughter Ingeborg Eckert. But the milestone at the design level came in 1974 with the launch of the Concept 12 kitchen program. It represents a functional and practical design with an aesthetically consistent finish and an intelligent assembly and planning concept. From the first day you get a great success.
The arrival of Otl Aicher to the company
However, the real big change comes in the 80s with the entrance of designer Otl Aicher as a collaborator and passion for the Bauhaus school. From then on, innovation in Bulthaup is multiplied and a new kitchen idea is presented based on the reduction to the essential: on the one hand, clear design principles, and on the other, the consideration of basic human needs. The union of purity and sensuality with ergonomics and short routes, constitute the parameters enunciated by Aicher. The introduction of these principles, which have since served as a guide to the design of Bulthaup, represent a turning point in the history of interior architecture.
The ideal of a kitchen architecture consists of combining form and function when satisfying the individual needs of the people it is intended to serve, thus creating an interaction between the architectural space, the objects, the effects of color, the light and the materials used.
The unique character of Bulthaup is based on the principles of authenticity of materials, perfection down to the smallest detail and a systematic approach. From the choice of materials, through the meticulous elaboration of each element, to the colors and the surfaces, all the aspects of the final product are oriented to achieve a global and lasting architectural quality.
Maximum level of functionality
Through constant innovation and a reflection on previous experience, Bulthaup designs vital spaces in which the traditional values of the kitchen as the center of the house, are combined in perfect balance with modern technology and the highest level of functionality.
The most visible result of all this new thinking is the Bulthaup workbench, which, in its different models, continues to mark a revolution in the world of kitchens today. Based on the dualism between fire and water, the System b represents a functional and independent unit that brings together for the first time all the essential work areas in the kitchen in a single ergonomic module.
Finding this independence for the kitchen will lead Bulthaup to create the modular systems in the following years. The System 25 achieves that the design is not an aesthetic extra, but a functional component of the integral concept. Its modular system without rigid structures guarantees the adaptation to vital spaces in continuous change beyond the scope of the kitchen.
The Shop in shop in the Pepe Cabrera showroom
With the turn of the century, come the b1, b2, b3 and the last for now: the b solitaire. Precisely in 2002 began the collaboration of Pepe Cabrera with Bulthaup. A relationship that has been strengthened over the years. Currently, Bulthaup has a Shop in shop inside the Pepe Cabrera showroom in Dénia (Alicante).
The first of the designs of the 20th century was the Bulthaup b3, which enables the active configuration of the walls for the first time. The light and floating character of the kitchen is achieved with the thinness of the materials and architectural clarity.
On the other hand, the Bulthaup b1 opts for discretion and a clear formal language: it represents the essence of the kitchen. The mural front, the block of column modules and the island form the center of a space in which the most important things in life are found: family and friends, pleasure and communication.
The Bulthaup b2 is a fantastic combination of work bench, workshop module and module for appliances. The maximum rationalization: only the essential is maintained.
The most recent of the Bulthaup designs is the b Solitaire, which offers many possibilities to configure the living space of the kitchen. It is designed to accompany and grow with the people who inhabit that home and live in the kitchen.
Explore the new from the roots
In 2010, Marc O. Eckert, grandson of the founder, assumed the management of the company by appointment of his uncle, Gerd Bulthaup. Three generations are those that for the moment have managed to maintain a constant revolution in quality kitchens. Because they like to emphasize to themselves "betting on tradition and roots means preserving the consecrated, but also exploring the new". A way of understanding the company we share in Pepe Cabrera Studio.