On the death of Gerd Bulthaup: the artist of space – Culture

Gerd Bulthaup has turned the kitchen into a place where it's not just about cooking, but also about being at home. Now, the entrepreneur has died at the age of 75 years.

To learn that Gerd Bulthaup has just died, tells us his daughter Antje, after weeks of untold suffering, even when the suffering is over. Because Bulthaup was not only a great philanthropist, but also one who, in the eighties, evoked with something new life: as an industrialist, he resurrected Wohnküche's building in a typological way.

Thus, the kitchen, suspended in space since the beginning of modern times and reduced to the food preparation plant, soon led to a dark existence (and with him the main staff of the kitchen in the twentieth century: the woman), reinterpreted in a central living space. It is thanks to Bulthaup that it is today the kitchen, dominated by many residential developments, ranging from single family homes to lofts.

From the Mercedes in the kitchens to Bulthaup among automobiles

In this and in the unity of aesthetic demand, a valuable materiality and ingenious coincidence, which are also fueled by the resistance of a mass market, ultimately culminating in the idea of sustainability as functional, as spatially significant as ecological, and ecological, such is the merit of Bulthaup. What Mercedes used to be for the car (a catalyst catalyzed by technology), Bulthaup is for cooking. If we consider that kitchens as figures of distinction already replace the fetish of the car, it would actually rewrite the sentence that Bulthaup is the Mercedes among the kitchens: we could instead claim a car saying that c & rsquo; Is the Bulthaup among the cars market.

More importantly, there are also innovations in Ikea cooking, which you can afford rather than in a kitchen of Edel-Manufaktur (you may need to replace the cheap version, but rather), are based on Gerd Bulthaup and his friendly cooperation with influential designer Otl Aicher.

According to Aicher, kitchens should not be just functional but communicative places. Thus, kitchens, detached from the idea of ​​installation oriented on the walls, have become more and more freely playable architectures, inspired spatial art works. The kitchen workshop, forerunner of the kitchen island, as well as the partially visible instruments stored, which Aicher and Bulthaup have abandoned in the professional kitchens of the restoration, are the consequences of this reflection. And today, they define the vocabulary of most kitchens in which we like to stay – because it is not just about cooking, but rather about being at home.

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