Striking Walnut Veneer meets Color
This kitchen shows the fascinating effect of combining bold colors and unusual shapes. The French walnut veneer stands in warm contrast to the magenta-colored synthetic stone countertop. The unusual five-cornered kitchen island corresponds to the traffic patterns in the elegant old building's room.
"The cabinet-maker's kitchen has something very special," says Sarah Maier, managing director of the Ursala Maier Werkstatten. "With many details we were able to satisfy the customer's personal design requirements." The striking veneer supplied by Schorn & Groh of Karlsruhe was mitered all around. The sapwood was matched in the center in order to place the dark core color close to the surface's vivid magenta. There is no end to all the different combinations possible with other veneers and colors such as white and apple or cyan with satin walnut.
Other special features of this kitchen include the polished stainless steel fittings, the three-dimensional countertop and the free-standing gas burners from ABK. The kitchen is an exhibition object designed by the Ursula Maier Werkstätten of Markgröningen, a more than 100-year-old joinery with sophisticated skills in using veneer.
This piece is proof of how special a customized kitchen can be and how beautifully veneer and kitchen go together. The natural surface material of genuine wood is easy to care for and rather robust. Thanks to the ultra-modern processing methods and outstanding lacquer, the surfaces are suitable for use in the kitchen, where they can stand up to water, grease and other tough demands. Another significant advantage of using veneer in the kitchen is the material's resistance to the splashes and fingerprints that so often come with cooking. On the veneer fronts these marks are nearly invisible.