Why is it important to choose a bespoke kitchen?
Choosing a bespoke kitchen? It may seem easy, but it isn’t. Certainly, because often people run the risk of limiting this highly important concept to a strictly dimensional aspect. But a bespoke kitchen is in actual fact much more than that…
In this post, we will attempt to accompany all cooking fanatics and designers in choosing a truly bespoke kitchen, one that’s unique and customised.
A kitchen, in other words, which is tailored specifically to our needs and habits. And at the same time a kitchen which best suits the style of the home and its surroundings.
Customisation. A growing trend
So let’s start with the very idea of customisation. This is one of the key words in contemporary interior design. Demand for bespoke furniture, and in particular bespoke kitchens, has in fact grown exponentially in recent years.
Up until a few years ago, customising your home mainly meant choosing the colour of your walls or your wallpaper, the upholstery on your sofas and your cushions, accessories and ornaments.
These days, customisation can stretch to every single item of furniture and has become a primary need in every room of the home.
This is demonstrated by the most popular interior designs published on interiors websites and magazines. It is also confirmed by furniture manufacturers which have begun to offer an almost endless range of materials, finishes, colours and accessories to choose from.
What does a bespoke kitchen actually entail?
While demand for bespoke furniture involves the entire home, customisation becomes increasingly important in what constitutes the beating heart of the home: in other words the kitchen.
But before we address how to choose a bespoke kitchen, we need to clarify a common misunderstanding.
We all know the difference between a “tailor-made” garment, as the expression itself means: one that is made by a tailor, and a “prêt-à-porter” garment. We would never even dream of getting the two concepts mixed up. Right? However, when choosing a kitchen this difference is not as clear-cut.
Today, any old manufacturer or kitchen store can declare that they offer “bespoke” kitchens, but the more correct term to use would be “modular” fitted kitchens. These solutions often translate into a series of modular elements which, when put together, approximately achieve the desired length and shape. This is in fact a “prêt-à-porter” kitchen.
A genuine bespoke kitchen, a “tailor-made” kitchen, a kitchen that is customised according to exactly what we need, is another thing altogether.
It is a much better performing solution which also (and above all) allows us to have at our disposal a genuine cooking machine: efficient, ergonomic and functional. A kitchen that is designed around our movements, our everyday routines and our concrete needs.
A kitchen that can be customised in every aspect and down to the smallest detail. So not just its dimensions, shapes or colours. But also its materials, finishes, the height and depth of the worktop, the type and position of the accessories and appliances. Kitchens designed to adorn the room with impeccable style, just like a tailor-made jacket that fits like a glove.
The objective is twofold. To have a unique and original kitchen, which reflects the style, the personality and the history of its users. But also to leave more room for designers to experiment with new solutions and drive their creativity to the max.
Let’s look in detail at the 6 advantages afforded by a bespoke kitchen.
1. Bespoke kitchens can be customised in both shape and size.
One of the biggest advantages of bespoke kitchens is that they can be completely customised in terms of their dimensions. This is a necessary feature not just to exploit every centimetre available but also to make sure the kitchens fit perfectly into spaces with unconventional or irregular shapes. For instance, inside an alcove, in rooms with slanted perimeter walls, or with out-of-square corners, or even with a pillar in the middle of the wall. Can a modular kitchen be adapted to these spaces? Definitely not…
Abimis only produces bespoke kitchens. They are unique kitchens, made with tailored customisation that accommodates the customer’s needs and the designer’s design down to the smallest detail. Browse through all the customisation possibilities afforded by Abimis kitchens.
2. Tailor-made kitchens can have customised materials, finishes and colours.
Stainless steel, several wood finishes, resin, natural and acrylic stone. There is no end to the quantity of materials you can use to make a kitchen. A variety which bespoke kitchens allow you to exploit 100%. Indeed, with a bespoke kitchen you can choose any material, finish and colour you prefer. And you can also mix and match different materials and finishes, giving rise to truly unique eclectic solutions. Whether it’s for a contemporary apartment, a country farmhouse or a sophisticated stately home, a bespoke kitchen will always satisfy all tastes and styles.
Abimis kitchens are produced using the most sophisticated industrial technologies and are then hand finished by master craftsmen. This tailored approach guarantees complete customisation.
The size of the blocks changes according to the design. The doors can be bevelled or squared. The surface finish of the stainless steel is available in several variants. Stainless steel can be painted in all the colours of the RAL range or combined with other materials, either natural or synthetic.
3. Tailor-made kitchens are designed to guarantee perfect ergonomic design.
Tailor-made kitchens are designed to revolve around the cook’s actual movements, to guarantee perfectly ergonomic design and make cooking a truly enjoyable experience. Since not everyone is the same, the height of the worktop and plinth must be customisable, as well as their depth.
A bespoke sink should also be available, tailored to the individual customer’s requirements, and incorporated into the top without overlaps or visible welds. This makes for simpler hygiene and cleanliness in the kitchen and prevents germs and bacteria from nestling.
Abimis kitchens stem from a study of a chef’s movements around the kitchen and then breaking them down. The aim is to make the 5 steps of cooking – preserving, preparing, cooking, dishing up and washing up – straightforward and consequential. To offer the tools of the trade of the greatest chefs to amateur cooks.
4. Bespoke kitchens can feature customised accessories.
Leonardo Da Vinci is said to have stated the following: “Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.”
Indeed, it is often the details that make a difference and better illustrate a design. This is why bespoke kitchens should offer the possibility of customising every tiny detail. Such as the accessories, for instance.
From the rails on which to hang your utensils to systems for the internal organisation of drawers, through to chopping boards and spice racks. In a genuine bespoke kitchen, everything should be designed to optimise and simplify the chef’s tasks, as well as to match the style of the kitchen to perfection.
Abimis offers the A-ccessori series a line of tools of the trade designed by Roberta Tosolini. Accessories designed for those wishing to cook at home like a professional chef. The series includes modular, multi-functional objects to optimise space in the best possible way. To have everything in its place, neat and tidy, without wasting space or time.
5. Bespoke kitchens can be accessorised with any household appliance.
Tailor-made kitchens can be customised in terms of dimensions, materials, colours and accessories; a professionally-derived bespoke kitchen is also designed to accommodate any type of household appliance. And that’s not all! They can also be incorporated in the most convenient and functional position, according to the requirements and cooking habits of each and every one of us. To offer the same tools of the trade of the greatest chefs to home cooks and guarantee the highest performance levels when preparing and cooking food.
Professionally-derived kitchens made by Abimis are genuine cooking machines. They can be equipped with professional stainless steel hotplates and Teppanyaki. And they can be built to house blast chillers and wine cellars and any other household appliance.
6. Customised kitchens have a unique design.
One of the biggest advantages of bespoke kitchens is that they leave designers free to unleash their creativity. They can in fact be designed down to the smallest detail, to give the home a unique, personal style. A designer kitchen should be able to liaise, by analogy or by contrast, with its host architecture and the surrounding furniture.
Designing a bespoke kitchen, customised according to the customer’s needs and the style of their home, is no easy task. For this reason, interior designers increasingly refuse to make do simply with a “prêt-à-porter” kitchen. They want a tailor-made kitchen. A unique kitchen, as unique as its style.
Abimis designed the first professional bespoke designer kitchen.
The brand accomplished this through two designer lines, which can both be customised down to the smallest detail: the Ego line and the Atelier line.
Abimis only makes kitchens in stainless steel, the absolute most suitable material because it is hard-wearing, hygienic, antibacterial, easy to clean and weather-resistant.
This is why both models are also available in the outdoor kitchen version.