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Bulthaup: exceptional wooden kitchens

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Bulthaup: exceptional wooden kitchens

Jean-Marc Palisse

Inventor of the integrated kitchen, precursor with the islet, Bulthaup manufactures since more than seventy years and with much intuition, design kitchens in resonance with their time. Portrait of a brand whose links with functionalism plunge into the Bauhaus roots.

Bulthaup manufactures and designs exceptional kitchens from a mastery of wood. These functional and practical kitchens retain clean lines and design. The manufacturer mixes aesthetics and know-how in a concern for perfection. Discover the story of a unique brand.

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Bulthaup: know-how passed down from generation to generation

The story begins in Germany, at the end of the Second World War. We are in 1949 and Martin Bulthaup, a Bavarian carpenter, makes beautiful kitchen buffets. To the excellence of its veneers of wood is added that of its finishes, until the perfect break of the curtains sewn hand. It is in Aich, Lower Bavaria, that the patriarch installs his workshops. The precepts of Taylorism, in vogue from the beginning of the twentieth century, inspire him: the optimization of time in the industrial sphere extends to domestic life. Closer, echoing with the Bauhaus, which has made rationalism the backbone of a new aesthetic with its famous "form must follow function", is very powerful. The Frankfurt Kitchen, an "equipped" laboratory kitchen, designed in 1926 by the Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, made an impression. Space and functions are rationalized to free up time, but also to promote a certain comfort in the execution of domestic tasks. Moreover, by preaching the beautiful, the exemplary and the precision of its know-how intended for a certain elite, Martin Bulthaup takes the exact opposite of the nascent mass trade. The tone is set: the founding values ​​of the house will not budge and, almost seventy years later, it is the third generation, with Marc O. Eckert, who is at the head of the family home.

Near the factory, the forests resonate singularly with these kitchens whose wood is the favorite ingredient.

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The cut wood is stored and stored away from light, in a humid place thanks to advanced systems.

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Bulthaup: kitchens to live in every detail

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Modular maple knife block, System B2.

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Marc O. Eckert, the current president, embodies the 3rd generation.

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The compact system B2 chest of drawers in natural walnut, the interior of which is to compose according to its needs, makes it possible to have everything at hand.

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The work table with multiple variants can modulate the desires.

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More than a kitchen, Bulthaup imagines real living spaces.

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Bulthaup, an intuitive and perfectionist cook

Bulthaup has never failed in its founding principles: to evolve a small number of products according to new ways of life, without ever touching the excellence of the know-how. The systems are linear, offering customized equipment and space and volume management. A capital aspect, accentuated by the use of hanging elements that add a nice lightness to the whole. Precise workmanship is essential and, in the workshops, several engineers ensure the perfection of the details, like the worktop of a centimeter thick or the internal counterweight system for closing closet doors. Same desire for excellence as to the species used. Be it the B1 Systems models, B2 and B3, or Solitaires, collection of independent elements presented at the last Salon of Milan, wood is the essential element. Exotic species are never used and flower veneers are made from solid wood of good quality. An attention to detail haute couture that makes the difference.

On the worktop of a B3 System, still life on a maple pastry board.

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Bulthaup sublimates the collections with exceptional essences

Since 1978, all sectors of the family business have been grouped together at the new Aich production site in Lower Bavaria.

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Once the wood species are glued and assembled, the flush veneer is once again brushed.

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Avant-garde, Bulthaup uses the most prestigious wood species, such as 2000-year-old oak, apple, walnut, olive or bamboo.

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Gerhard Neudecker, collaborator of master cabinetmaker Johann Paintmeier, during the delicate selection phase of the veneer, which must correspond perfectly to each kitchen.

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