Since its founding in 1929, family-run kitchen company SieMatic has upheld constant ideals – championing sustainability, eschewing short-term fads and instead developing styles, forms, functional elements and equipment for kitchens whose designs last for decades. In short, the company develops kitchens that meet a broad spectrum of evolving lifestyles, ensuring the space is beautiful, functional and epitomises timeless elegance.
The first SieMatic, presented in 1960, revolutionised the concept of a kitchen with the first integrated handle channel, featuring flexible configuration and equipped with several ground-breaking functions. Since then, its goal has been to develop furniture and design concepts with intelligent inspiration that reinterpret the world of kitchens.
Trends can be contentious, especially in an industry where projects can take years to come to fruition. That’s why, to SieMatic, it’s the movement behind the trend that really matters – the social shifts that explain why change is occurring. When it comes to materials, the company sources those that evoke the natural connection much sought-after by consumers.
Natural materials in the home
It’s fitting that sustainability, a word originating from the forestry industry, sits at the core of SieMatic. Not only is wood one of the brand’s most prized materials, it strives to take into consideration the economic and social a guidelines that everyone aspires to. True to its motto, “preferring the best”, SieMatic’s environmental efforts adhere to the standards set by the industry.
And it seems that interiors trends are beginning to catch up with the brand’s ethos. In a recent report, SieMatic noted that the appreciation of craft and skill is growing through handcrafted character elements like joints, herringbone layout and book match veneer. Colour-wise, the report divulged a movement towards darker veneers, with highlights often found in light veneers.
Wood and its myriad textures and essences takes centre stage in each SieMatic project, as well as natural materials with a structural, decorative feel. Nods to the craft movement – which sought a simpler way of living through its use of high quality materials and its emphasis on utility in design – imbue a rural design aesthetic with both repurposed and natural materials.
Matte surfaces with materials such as leather or terra cotta should be the final flourish for interiors projects looking to channel a natural aesthetic, while warm finishes add subtle depth and texture to the kitchen environment.
Materials to help with environmental damage
Harking back to its ingrained ethos, material innovation once again takes on a twist at SieMatic. Its report recognised the rise of designers incorporating circular solutions, with wood, plastic or leather being recycled into new products and responsibly sourced materials coming to the fore.
Elsewhere in the interior design world, leftover food is increasingly used to craft new leather; pine needles or fallen leaves combine with bio-resins to produce bio-plastics; and designers are using rust, sand and earth to create new products, which can then be repurposed and composted.
Natural fibres including wool and linen are slowly replacing the pollutant fibreglass. Consumers are now conscious of supporting materials with purpose, championing those acting in favour of both society and the environment more than ever before.
Material sustainability seems to be having its moment – and with innovative concepts and natural materials being close to its heart for almost a century, SieMatic maintains its status as somewhat of an industry luminary.