Bulthaup is continually commended at an international level for its ingenious design of its B1, B2, and B3 kitchen lines--the B3 being a best seller here in Vancouver. But what might be a little less known is their stunning, fresh B1 line, a simple and luxurious kitchen option that is actually favored in Europe. The reason behind the discrepancy between B.C. and Europe's preferences remain a mystery, but we have a little hunch. When you walk by Bulthaup at their West Cordova location in Vancouver, you can't help double take at their stunning, floating kitchens downstairs, with gorgeous 1 cm profiles, wood panels, and long corridors. They are of sculptural beauty.
What remains a little less seen from street level is the showroom's second floor: where the beautiful B1 lives- a more affordable, clean luxury product that has avoided luxury pricing. It is also known as the architect's kitchen or a pure kitchen, referencing it's simple, understated beauty, which allows the space around it to speak for itself.
"Here, we think of kitchen as furniture," explains Christina Menz of Bulthaup, “In Germany, people take their kitchens with them when they move or they put them in storage. It’s a very different idea than here.” Think of your cabinets as cherished wardrobes or consoles. You wouldn't just leave those behind in your old apartment, now would you?
A few of the B1 line's design focal points: angled, ergonomic recessed grips on the doors and drawers, homogenous finishes on the exteriors and the birch wood interiors. It is an incredibly natural choice to compliment any space, and not take away from it.
Check out these shots of Bulthaup's B1 line below.
Stop in a talk to Bulthaup in Gastown:
93 Cordova Street West
words: K. Brown