Cooking = cult. The kitchen is the focal point of the house – particularly if you use the Aurélie Späti kitchen system. This system was developed for the Späti Innenausbau AG by the well-known atelier oï. The EKU Clipo sliding solution creates a “magic table” effect, says designer Aurel Aebi from atelier oï enthusiastically.
Mr. Aebi, your kitchen won the silver medal at the Swiss Kitchen Awards. Was this a surprise?
Success follows when you follow yourself. But we don’t want success. We want to create something good. I could imagine winning a prize, because we put a lot of energy into it.
What is the appeal of a kitchen?
A good kitchen lives from its materials – and from the tension between them, the delta. With a sweet and sour dish, it is not the “sweet” or “sour” aspect alone that is interesting, but the excitement that occurs in your mouth. We work like a chef who creates a harmonious dish from exquisite selected ingredients. We selected ingredients from our material archive containing 20,000 materials and composed the kitchen from those – from concrete, metal, wood, textiles and ceramics.
The kitchen makes an harmonious impression, in spite of the many materials.
This has to do with proportioning and weighing up – and this is also associated with cooking. The colours may be dark, but not black, and the wood and the contents shimmer through the doors. Whereas the tiles are shiny, the wood and the concrete are matt. The textile has a wave action that creates an interplay of light and shadows, as does the lighting with the glass rods on the tiles. Everything is orchestrated and proportioned in such a way as to create a visual equilibrium.