A family-run company in its third generation, SieMatic is a German manufacturer and industry leader that was established in 1929 and immediately revolutionised the concept of the kitchen. Since then, the company has gained an international reputation for exemplary and elegant kitchens with innovative, top quality design and a high level of functionality. There are now exclusive SieMatic showrooms and retail specialists in more than 70 countries, including 43 studios in the UK. Each showcases the company’s three style collections, appealing to all tastes: Urban, Classic and Pure. Inspired by the idea of cities that are constantly in motion, the on-trend Urban collection is a kitchen that fits harmoniously into an openplan scheme. The Classic style showcases handfinished materials such as gloss, ebony, walnut and polished nickel, while Pure gives new contours to minimalism.
For the last 90 years, SieMatic has been on the quest for perfection, continually developing concepts that re-interpret the world of kitchens. Its 90 th anniversary motto, ‘timeless by tradition’, expresses what the manufacturer has stood for since its foundation: long-lasting design using quality materials that are as beautiful as they are suitable for everyday use. Take, for instance, its unique, patented MultiMatic tracking system in the cabinet carcass and inside of the door, which allows for at-home customisation and maximises storage space by up to 30 per cent – a key consideration in kitchen design.
The company has invested heavily in training and their interior designers attend an extensive programme at its own academy in Germany, where they cover topics such as anthropometrics, ergonomics, technical planning and interior architecture, to ensure SieMatic is always one step ahead in the kitchen design world.
Although an anniversary is often seen as a chance to reflect, at SieMatic the focus is also firmly on the future. In the 1960s it invented the first handle-less kitchen, the SieMatic 60, which had a flexible cupboard configuration and several groundbreaking functions. In 1988 the company was once again celebrated as a vanguard of innovation and this year it continues to set standards with the new handleless SieMatic kitchen. The central design detail is the redeveloped recessed grip channel: decisive simplicity on the outside and a complex interplay of technical ingenuity, craftsmanship and superior materials on the inside. It has the perfect angle, the ideal feel and an individually controllable lighting system consisting of an LED light strip that is integrated into the shadow gap.
Service at the international SieMatic studios is second to none (the nearest studio can easily be found by searching on the company’s website), and a design professional guides clients through the planning process from start to finish, considering the interior architecture and design of the room as a whole, not just the kitchen furniture. With the continuing trend for more open plan homes, the ‘culinary living space’ incorporates design philosophies and materials more usually found in drawing rooms; a holistic approach is increasingly adopted, with herringbone veneer, glass and metal elements being used to soften the space. This forwardthinking manufacturer continues to carve its place at the forefront of kitchen design.