The miniaturisation of fittings technology, demonstrating its strengths in the form of convenient storage solutions for small kitchens, the possibility of making fittings ready for the smart home, new sustainable materials – Kesseböhmer had its finger firmly on the pulse with the themes it presented at Interzum 2019 in Cologne. Managing Director Burkhard Schreiber drew a very positive conclusion at the end of the trade fair.


It was clear that the new fitting solutions for wall units, with scaled back technology in favour of a homely, modern and puristic design, were the hot topics of the 60th edition of the world ’s leading trade fair for furniture, interiors and design. With the Interzum award-winning “FREEspace” flap fitting and the “FREEslim study” – an ultra-thin fitting for wall units with dimensions similar to an iPad – Kesseböhmer presented this area with confidence at Interzum, gaining recognition amongst visitors and attracting a great deal of interest.

The company received some extremely promising feedback on its “urban smart kitchen”, with the new space-saving “TopSwing” wall table and the “TANDEM diagonal” unit, which keeps space clear, even in small kitchens, thanks to its angled front panel. This showed how a small kitchen measuring just six square metres can be planned in a practical and user-friendly way using intelligent fitting solutions and how the technology makes the best use of storage space when floor space is tight, creating clear overviews and easy access to the contents.Using a control module developed in-house, Kesseböhmer is readying fittings for units and appliances from any manufacturer in the smart home so they can also be voice-controlled as an option. This is based on the electronic “eTouch” door opening technology, which found its logical continuation in “eTouch+” in time for Interzum.

In the area of interior organisation, Holzwerk Rockenhausen impressed with a new sustainable material. With its special surface structure and alternative possibilities for forming and colour design, the “OrganiQLine ” material made of fast-growing renewable bast fibres and a water-based binding agent provides the basis for turning new ideas for customised fittings into reality.

Kesseböhmer exhibited at the trade show this year for the 26th time in the 60-year history of the event. Burkhard Schreiber is convinced that the fact the event is held every two years is positive for exhibitors, as well as customers and international partners: “The good general atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the team and the visitors was clear to see.” He also said that many intense discussions took place at the event: “Many furniture and kitchen manufacturers visited our stand in large groups with all the relevant departments represented and they really took their time. This meant that we were able to talk specifically about the next steps with our customers. ”