Passionate, harmonious, sculptural, communal…that is the nami kitchen designed by Yabu Pushelberg (YP) in collaboration with eggersmann. The multidisciplinary design studio founded in 1980 by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg designs buildings, interiors, lighting, furniture, objects, landscapes, and graphics that elevates design to how things make people feel. And that is exactly what they have done with nami, the inaugural collection designed for eggersmann.
“I remember being captivated by the first kitchen I’d seen designed by eggersmann because it didn’t look like a kitchen. Everything was crafted from stone and it was a wonder to take in knowing the precision and the finesse required to actually realize something comprehensive and functional from a material that’s so uncompromising. With nami, we aimed to create a kitchen that didn’t dictate space but also didn’t disappear, as many modern concepts tend to do. To achieve this, we designed a cabinet that reveals rather than conceals, infused with transformability and anchored by a sculptural work of art in the form of center island that loans an emotional layer to the design as a whole.”
– George Yabu
The influential design firm shares with eggersmann a similar approach to product design continually searching for the new and innovative and striving to conceive memorable experiences of tomorrow.
The nami Kitchen Defined
Constantly reinventing the kitchen – that is eggersmann’s 100+ year legacy and perpetual mission. Eggersmann’s latest passion project collaboratively created with YP is nami, a cantilevered island design. In Japanese, nami means wave and also beautiful. The island’s silhouette is reminiscent of the kanji symbol, nami, with delicate asymmetrical lines crowning a substantial base. The fluidity and natural artistic expression of a wave is captured in this sculptural island through a masterful blend of German engineering and distinctive Japanese design influences.
Nami delivers juxtaposed elements of tension and harmony. It fractures the role of a traditional kitchen island enlacing inventive functionality and eloquent artistic expression with symbiotic lightness and bold architecture. The nami island that emphasizes rationality, a central focus of the Bauhaus theory and Japanese design.
The nami kitchen island:
- offers versatility and modular customization to deliver personal expression and storage
- embodies an innovative and theatrical sliding cabinet door system designed reveal rather than conceal its users’ tools and treasures.
- blurs the concept of a kitchen by appearing as a gallery-quality furniture piece taking center stage offering a place to commune with friends and family
- delivers change in what a kitchen is and can be