Friday, May 19, 2017

Handleless Kitchens in Manhattan

Modernize your kitchen by installing handleless kitchen doors

The recent kitchen cabinetry models have increasingly shifted to handleless doors for all the storage spaces. Handleless kitchens in Manhattan are part of the new wave of minimalist kitchen designs that are taking homeowners by storm. The designs are heavily favored contemporary homeowners due to their clean design and striking finishes.

Are you looking forward to changing your kitchen doors or building a new kitchen? Below are some reasons why you should consider the minimalist handleless kitchens are your next kitchen design.

Handleless kitchens are ultra-modern kitchens








The handleless door design is an ultra-modern look. They were first touted as a minimalist only idea, but the results were so impressive that they have now made it to everyday modern kitchen designs. They also blend easily with the rest of the kitchen.   

Create seamless flow between adjacent rooms

There are several people whose home designs include a combined kitchen and dining area. Incorporating the handleless kitchen design creates open spaces that effortlessly flow into each other. Home designers usually have a problem connecting their kitchen to the dining room due to the fact that both spaces have different atmospheres.

However, handleless kitchen doors make you feel as if you are never changing atmospheres when moving from the dining room to the kitchen and back. Thus, if you are planning to combine the dining room with your kitchen, handleless kitchen doors are a way you can create the seamless design. 

Hygienic and safe

Not only are handleless kitchens in Manhattan aesthetically appealing, but they are also safe and more hygienic. Generally, the kitchen doors trap a lot of dirt and grime. Most people do not remember to clean the handles in their daily kitchen cleaning routine. Therefore, the place becomes a hiding place for undesirable micro-organisms.

Handles can also become a safety risk in the kitchen, especially where space is limited. Clothing can get caught as you brush past the doors or children can hit their heads as they run through. Handleless kitchen doors eliminate this problem. 


Handleless kitchens offer many stylistic, safety and hygiene advantages. For more information about handleless kitchens in Manhattan, or to schedule a free kitchen design consultation call the German Kitchen Center at  (888)209-5240.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Handleless Kitchens in NYC

The German Kitchen Center’s Guide to Handleless Kitchens



Most homeowners who are interested in a modern style European kitchen purchase a handleless kitchen.

While that may seem like a simple idea, there are a surprising number of different ways to build and use cabinets without handles.

Below is our quick guide to understand your handleless kitchen options.

First things first:


What are Handleless Kitchens?



For a European kitchen designer, including German brands like Leicht and Nobilia, handleless isn’t simply the absence of a handle, but an entire quality of engineering. In a European-style handleless kitchen, cabinets are designed as smaller parts of a larger whole, built out from a long, continuous aluminum grip. That means that in a true European handleless kitchen, a grouping of two, five and even ten cabinets look of-a-piece with smooth, unbroken surfaces.

These sleek, fluid surfaces can easily include panels that seamlessly integrate appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers into your kitchen’s design. This consistency of design makes it possible for perfect color and style matches, leaving a clean and uniform appearance through every part of your kitchen.

Most European manufacturers build their handleless kitchens with a J-channel aluminum grip rail. As mentioned above, the entire set of cabinets is built simultaneously along this rail allowing for total consistency in form and style. To open a basic the door or drawer, all one needs to do is reach their fingertips into the channel and pull the door open.

Varieties


Leicht, Nobilia and other modern European kitchen manufacturers offer a wide variety of handleless kitchens that differ not only in how they open but in their appearance. Cabinetry is available in different designs, materials and colors with literally thousands of color, function and layout variations available. European Kitchens are famous for their clean lines and handleless kitchens do nothing but accentuate that strength.

Leicht Avance

The Avance and Avance Pro series feature what is called a C-Channel grip. Unlike the J-Channel grips, the C-Channel has a symmetrical shape that many find appealing. Finally, C-Channel design includes a lacquered aluminum grip rail that can be matched flawlessly with the colors of the cabinets themselves. They can even be fitted with non-intrusive LED strip lighting.




Leicht Contino

The Contino series is deliberately minimalist and includes sleek matt or high-gloss finished with handleless fronts. Grips in Contino series are virtually invisible, with cabinets that have flat, unblemished surfaces. 










Nobilia Line N


Nobilia’s Line N is a popular recent line of handleless kitchens available in a wide range of prices, colors and finishes.  These ultra-smooth cabinets feature a seamless design that runs continuously across the kitchen. The J-channel grips in this series can run horizontally or vertically making for easy use for any layout and makes for seamless built-in appliance integration. Line-N kitchens feature strongly articulated, laser-cut corners and edges, giving the kitchen a laser-sharp level of precision in both form and function. These sleek-yet-sharp designs also help to keep Line-N kitchens hygienic and easy to keep clean.

Lacquer Ergonomic Grip Handle Kitchens


Leicht’s Pur series and Nobilia’s similarly named Pura series both feature a creative variation on the handleless theme with molded lacquered cabinet fronts that include recessed ergonomic grip handles that are literally sculpted into the drawer and cabinet faces. Kitchens in this style benefit from having an articulated, handle-like design without the negatives associated with protruding handles like the risk of getting caught on clothing, obstructing passage, or causing scrapes and bruises.



Handleless Opening Systems


Some kitchens feature cabinetry without any kind of grip whatsoever and use innovative, cleverly engineered mechanisms to open drawers and cabinets.




Touch Latch -  Kitchens with touch latches, operate with springs and magnets. A simple press opens the door or drawer, with spring pressure causing the drawer to pop open. When closed, the drawer is sealed by magnets, staying in place until pressed open again. This system is particularly common in overheard and swinging cabinet doors. Both purely mechanical and electric versions are available.

SensoMatic – Featured in models from both Leicht and Nobilia, SenoMatic cabinets open electronically with a gentle push. One of the nicest benefits of this technology is that it makes it easy to open draws without the use of your hands.

Leicht SensoMechanik – Featuring spring loaded handles and electric mechanisms, Leicht’s SensoMechanik system blends the best of both electronic and pure mechanical designs, carefully tested for maximal ease of use.






Seeing is Believing



While we could describe the choices all day, the best way to truly understand what a handleless kitchen is all about is to see it in person. We invite you to take a tour of one of the German Kitchen Center’s many showrooms to experience the ease and style of handleless kitchens in nyc for yourself and to speak with an expert kitchen designer to determine what is right for you.

For more information about handleless kitchens in nyc, or to schedule a free kitchen design consultation call the German Kitchen Center at  (888)209-5240.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Enhance Your Kitchen, Enhance Your Life

Kitchen by Nobilia
Your kitchen can be the most important room in your house. No other room sees so much use or is used for so much. Your Kitchen is where your family shares the start of the day. It’s where you bond with your friends over crudités and glasses of wine. It’s where you sneak in a pint of ice cream at night when no one else is looking. In short, the kitchen is where you go to find the textures and flavors that add sweetness to your life, but it’s crucial for a kitchen to be properly designed in order to do all it can for you.

Kitchen Drawers by Leicht
The frustration with a conventional kitchen is that the more you try to do with it, the more difficult it becomes to get anything done.  Every new knife, blender, whisk or spice you bring into your kitchen, takes up space on your counter top and in your cabinets, eventually creating unmanageable chaos. Instead of attempting that new recipe you’ve been aching to try, you are wasting your time shuffling everything on and off your counter just to clear enough space to work. Trying to solve the problem with cheap-looking plastic containers and organizers simply adds more clutter and distracts from the shape and beauty of the room. Is there a way to do more with your kitchen in a way that actually makes your life easier?

The answer to that question is “yes.” 

The German Kitchen Center’s kitchen designers can help you do more with your kitchen, whether you are using it for cooking, entertaining or simply relaxing. You will be better able to add more tools to your culinary toolbox while using less space. 

Kitchen Drawers by Team 7
Think about what usually clutters your counter top. Plastic and aluminum wrapping containers in cheap cardboard boxes?  In perfectly engineered Modern Kitchen Cabinets, there are now dedicated spools for them in your drawers, removed from sight. Is that wooden knife block occupying too much space? A wood block drawer can safely tuck your knives away while still protecting their edges. Your countertop, now free of clutter and distractions, can become a pure space for you to enjoy the art of cooking.

German Kitchen Center’s kitchen designers in NYC are there to allow you to do more with your kitchen, adding more usable space while greatly enhancing its visual appeal. Whether you have a tight cooking space or a large open expanse, German kitchen engineers have found cutting-edge solutions to shelving and storage that are sleekly designed to be both beautiful and practical, replacing the usual chaos of the kitchen with an atmosphere of balance and harmony. Your busiest room has become a sanctuary, one of life’s daily struggles has become a source of joy and release. 

To learn more about how German Kitchen Center’s kitchen designers can help you build a kitchen that gives you the freedom to do more, schedule a free kitchen design consultation at (888) 209-5240.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Team 7 Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Supplying Wood for Steinway & Sons Pianos



Any top chef will tell you that the best meals can only be made from the finest ingredients. What is true for the chef is just as true of the kitchen designer. Team 7 is a modern European kitchen cabinet and furniture manufacturer that not only designs exquisite, natural wood kitchens that lead the industry in innovation, strength and beauty, they grow the very trees that make it possible. So renowned is the quality of Team 7’s wood, that Steinway & Sons, the legendary piano artisans, began using it as the core ingredient of their storied instruments, because anything less than the finest ingredients would lessen the beauty of a Steinway grand’s celebrated sound.

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of this historic partnership, the German Kitchen Center is proud to feature kitchens by Team 7. Team 7’s cabinets and furniture are painstakingly crafted in Austria and renowned for their visual appeal, their strength, and their functionality. Through innovative design, Team 7 crafts kitchens that can easily adapt to a variety of purposes and provides storage solutions that make maximal use of every cubic inch of space.



Both Team 7 kitchens and Steinway pianos are built from 100% natural wood grown in Northern Austria. Team 7 proudly and sustainably grows and mills its own trees to ensure both strength and beauty. The company’s owner, Georg Emprechtinger, is himself the son of a sawmill owner and grew up amidst the sights and smells of good wood. This lifelong passion for trees and woodwork has translated into a company that literally nurtures each of its creations from the ground up.




Just as those with a discerning ear benefit from the unparalleled quality of a Steinway & Sons Piano, those with discerning eyes benefit from the incomparable quality of a kitchen from Team 7. If you are interested in seeing a Team 7 kitchen first hand, you can visit a German Kitchen Center showroom where you can see the latest in contemporary European Kitchens and receive advice and assistance from kitchen design experts. 

Remember, whether it comes to designing the perfect instrument or the perfect kitchen, nothing but the finest ingredients will do.

To learn more about modern European kitchens & furniture by Team 7 and other top manufacturers, call the German Kitchen Center at (888) 209-5240.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How to Select a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

Selecting the right contractors is essential to remodel your kitchen exactly the way you want it to be. Before selecting a remodeling contractor, you will need a list of qualities you will need in a contractor, e.g. does he have any previous experience in remodeling? Do the previous remodeling designs match your ideas of quality remodeling? If not, is the potential contractor able to understand the services you are looking for and the requirements you have for remodeling your kitchen? These are the questions, that you need to be asking yourself while selecting a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor, and these are all the questions we can provide an answer to easily due to our years of experience in home remodeling industry.

How to Select a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor 
We provide customized Kitchen Remodeling Contracting services at German Kitchen Center, all you need to do is tell us your requirements and your ideal remodeled kitchen design or at least the idea of it, and our expert contractors with years of experience in the industry will turn your idea into reality. To ensure that we are the right fit for remodeling your kitchen, or the contractor we are sending to you checks of your list, you can arrange a meeting with us, and clear all your queries.

Or you could visit our page or look at the reviews of our previous customers and see the before and after pictures of previous re-modeled kitchen. Our services are designed based on trust and dependability, if you trust us with the work you will be able to tell us exactly what you need and to build a long-term relationship with you and other potential customers we provide dependable and high quality remodeling services.

Before selecting a contractor otherwise, a general guide would be to ask for recommendations from your friends and family, read old reviews and always meet the contractor face to face before going on with the contract.

Please feel free to give us a call at 888-209-5240 if you are looking to find out more about us at German Kitchen Center or to learn more on how to select a kitchen remodeling contractor. One of our kitchen design experts will be happy to speak to you.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Kitchen Remodeling in NYC

What does your kitchen say about you?
Kitchen by Team 7

Does it say “here is a person who is serious about their culinary life?”

Does it say “here is a person who knows how to make the most of their space?”

Does it say “here is a person who has exquisite interior decorating taste?”

What if you could design a kitchen that says all three?

Modern kitchen design makes it all possible. No compromises. No sacrifices.  

It all started when German kitchen engineers answered those three questions.

What makes a kitchen say “here is a person who is serious about their culinary life?" Capacity to optimize cooking surfaces and house all the necessary modern kitchen tools, utensils and appliances.

What makes a kitchen say “here is a person who knows how to make the most of their space?” Customizable drawers that neatly fit every single spoon, knife, plate, bowl, measuring cup, and plastic bag that would otherwise clutter a kitchen.


Kitchen by Leicht
What makes a kitchen say “here is a person who has exquisite interior decorating taste?” Sleek, modern kitchen cabinetry and furniture that makes one think more of architectural artistry than quotidian practicalities.

The innovation and precision of German engineering has enabled you to create a kitchen that can house all your tools in a minimum of space while still maintaining exquisite modern kitchen design principles. It all starts with asking, and answering, the right questions and having the knowledge, and courage, to truly do everything at once.

German Kitchen Center provides those looking for Kitchen Remodeling in NYC with the tools and personalized guidance  to craft European-styled modern kitchens from Leicht, Nobilia and Team 7 brands recognized and awarded for their leadership in both the art and science of kitchen design. Our showrooms vividly demonstrate how these brands can create a modern kitchen without compromise so both the culinary and architectural arts can be wed harmoniously in a single space within your home.


To learn more about how to design a modern kitchen that gives you the freedom to do more, schedule a free Kitchen Remodeling in NYC consultation with the German Kitchen Center at (888) 209-5240.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Improve Your Home's Usability With Innovative Kitchen Functionality

Kitchen ergonomics are nothing new. Since the 1940's, designers have tried to arrange the kitchen for maximum productivity by introducing concepts such as the kitchen work triangle and the Toe Kick concept. Today at German Kitchen Center we’d like to show you how you can improve your home’s usability with innovative kitchen functionality.

A Brief Background of Kitchen Ergonomics and Usability
Improve Your Home's Usability With Innovative Kitchen Functionality 
The kitchen triangle concept, an heirloom in most kitchens although introduced back in the 1940's, places the mostly used items in the kitchen in close proximity to each other. So you have the fridge, countertop, or stove, and sink being very close together. That way, you don’t have to move a lot to get work done. You simply grab things from the fridge, head over the countertop and prepare a meal, and if you want to use the sink, it’s right next to you.

The Toe Kick concept, and don’t think about painfully bumping your small toe on any of the kitchen’s appliances, applies largely to storage. A toe kick essentially is the niche you find at the bottom of a cabinet. The niche allows you to get closer to the countertop without having to adopt an awkward posture, or knocking your toes against the base of the cabinet.

These two kitchen ergonomic concepts have served well over the years. They make your work easier by making sure you are as comfortable as possible while working and two, you don’t strain yourself with awkward postures.

Are Smart Kitchens Driving Kitchen Ergonomics Out of the Window?
But modern homes are going through some sort of renaissance, primarily driven by new technologies. Over the last few years, most kitchen work has become automated with the invention of the microwave, smart ovens and even smart fridges.

If you have some of these kitchen appliances around, you might think kitchen ergonomics are no longer important. If you have some food in the fridge, today you can just microwave it and enjoy a nice hot meal without having to use the countertop. So that means the kitchen work triangle have little bearing on your situation. The same case can be made for the toe kick concept.

Kitchen Ergonomics are Still Important
However, that’s not necessarily the case. Even with smart kitchen appliances, you still need to work out some bit of usability (ergonomics) into your kitchen. By doing that, you make your life even easier because you enjoy the best of both worlds: automation and high usability.

And to do that, you have to be a bit innovative. You can stop cringing, we are not talking about do-it-yourself-er here. Rather, you can take advantage of a lot of new kitchen innovations to make the most out of your kitchen’s storage and usability. At German Kitchen Center we have onsite designers to help you implement innovative kitchen functionality into the design of your new kitchen. We even offer free design consultations!


For more information about our innovative kitchens or to learn more about us at German Kitchen Center, call us today at 888-209-5240. One of our kitchen design experts will happy to speak to you.