The living kitchen

From table to cooking table

Its deliberately non-technical appearance makes the next125 table an element of connection between the kitchen and living areas

Whether in the kitchen or living room, a table is without question the central piece of furniture in these rooms. This is where the family meets, eats together with friends, holiday plans are made, board games are played and school grades are discussed, this is where people laugh, argue and make up. Yes, a table is in a way the epitome of social furniture – in practically all cultures. Just imagine an apartment without a table! Practically unthinkable. Because if food is not being prepared or eaten at it, it can take on many other functions: from a stage for colourful bouquets of flowers or fruit bowls, to a storage and work surface.

‘The world is a table.’

– Pablo Neruda, hilean poet and Nobel Prize winner

Even today, tables do not only have a functional side. It is precisely their aesthetic quality – the interplay of their textures, proportions and details – that make them, at their best, object full of character, a statement in the room. This applies in particular to a design by next125 – the premium brand of German kitchen manufacturer Schüller – which is available in two versions: as a dining table and as a cooking table. Both unite the seeming contradictions in themselves, because they appear archetypal and timeless in their deliberate simplicity, yet they are completely contemporary, fitting in with a multitude of modern kitchen and living room concepts. Another astonishing contrast: How is it possible that such a large, robust table (available in 180, 240 and 300 cm lengths) can still seem so filigree and light? Is it the angled legs or the tapering surfaces on their underside?

As a standalone piece, the table forms a pleasant contrast to the more technical system furniture that often defines kitchen rooms. Its deliberately non-technical appearance makes a decisive contribution to the table's homeliness, even in its variant as a cooking table. This aspect in particular makes it an element of connection between the kitchen and living areas – it is at home in both areas, fitting particularly well into large, open-plan kitchens. The photographs shown here underline this impression.

Now, next125 could have left it at the dining table. But its potential as a real cooking table was recognised, so, the idea was put into practice. With a worktop made of either ceramic, quartz stone or laminate, the table becomes a place that makes food preparation fun, and it doesn’t, despite the added functionality and engineering, lose any of its homely appeal – regardless of the type of wood chosen, be it fir, knotty oak, larch or walnut. Last but not least, the cooking table is completed by a base cabinet whose wood panelling and interior can be individually adapted and configured.

There is no doubt that both table variants can be passed down from generation to generation and will last for many decades. An investment in the future that can be enjoyed every day.

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