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Oliver Goettling’s Futuristic Kitchen: design and functionality in limited spaces

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While designer Oliver Goettling personally identifies with the characteristics of Dubai, where he founded his eponymous firm, his projects exude the quintessential German design values of high quality, efficiency and awe-inspiring aesthetics.

“The kitchen has really evolved to become the heart of the home and place where families unwind, entertain, chat, grab a quick bite, and cook. People who spend the most time in the kitchen don’t want to be disjointed from the rest of the house — hence the widespread trend of open-concept floor plans,” Goettling said. “The design aim for this particular project was to deliver a spacious, state-of-the-art kitchen. The challenge here was to accommodate all the client’s wishes in an oddly laid-out enclosed kitchen with limited space. We found the best solution was to start by knocking down the partition wall between the kitchen and the living- dining room area.”

State-of-the-art appliances from Gaggenau have been seamlessly integrated throughout the limited kitchen space for both culinary and general functionality, and Schüller’s award-winning cabinets make using the kitchen effortless. In combination with a low plinth, this not only ensures fewer lines in the design but also provides more storage space. At just 2 inches high the plinth remains unobtrusive, rather like a shadow gap, giving the effect that the kitchen appears to float.

Located on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Goettling’s goal was to create a kitchen that suited the needs of his client — a frequent international traveler. “This kitchen is from our Schüller premium range— next125. The overall aesthetics exude luxury, with Sand Grey high-gloss lacquer, and is coupled with Natural Walnut veneer to add some texture. The clean lines are achieved by adopting a handleless approach and using a grip ledge feature.”

The unique design decision to use the half-inch thick Dekton Keon stone from the backsplash to the breakfast counter edge was consciously made to achieve a visually uninhibited flow. 

“Our experience in using Dekton on the highest technical level allowed seamless incorporation of the same material for the countertop, backsplash, and the breakfast counter,” said Goettling.

A special feature from next125 that’s not only aesthetic, but also functional is the cube system. It has been integrated in the Dekton backsplash. Multiple electrical sockets have been used in a concealed manner with the help of cube system and pull-out socket bar to enhance efficiency.


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