December 6, 2009
by Canadian Architect
On December 5th, bulthaup Toronto celebrated the relaunch of its showroom in the SAS building on King Street East with an open house and the introduction of an art exhibition program. The showroom made waves when it opened in December 2005 due to its innovative and utopian atmosphere and its exceptional products. After working closely with local consumers, architects, designers and developers, owner and architect Antje Bulthaup was inspired to redesign the showroom with four completely new spaces that showcase bulthaup’s latest innovations and reflect the diversity of North American taste.
The showroom features two kitchens from the core b3 line – one that serves as the ultimate cook’s kitchen and conversation hub, while displaying the array of options available to customize this line. The second is a sensuous kitchen defined by bulthaup’s “monoblock”, a sculptural island that appears as a solid, seamless block of stainless steel, complemented by smoked oak fronted aluminum drawers with linoleum liners.
Based on a workman’s shop, the b2 “tool cabinet” is like a wardrobe that pares down the kitchen’s contents to just the choice ingredients, appliances, cookware and tableware. It is combined with a stainless steel “workbench” frame that accommodates different options for prepping, washing and cooking. This line is perfectly suited a loft, a studio apartment or a second home.
Purists will admire the white b1 kitchen for its fresh, unified appearance, its clean lines and its easy ergonomics. With the reconfiguration of its interior, bulthaup Toronto will also expand its support of the local arts scene by featuring the work of a contemporary artist in an exhibition that will change quarterly. The first participating visual artist will be Bob Gundu, with a large-scale photo titled, The Philadelphia Experiment.
Since moving to Canada, Antje Bulthaup has learned that while North Americans live in a broad range of housing types, they consistently cherish their homes and use the kitchen and its surrounding living area as the main hub for both private life and entertaining. “The kitchen seems to be the heart of every house,” says Bulthaup. “It is really the place where people spend the majority of their personal life, host their friends and family and even conduct business, and so it should be as functional and as beautiful as possible.” With an array of new concepts, innovative displays and art, the new bulthaup showroom will address North American lifestyles and also inspire new ways of living.
Discover bulthaup Toronto’s new showroom at 280 King Street East. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00am through 6:00pm and on Saturday from 11:00am until 3:00pm or by appointment.