Martin Dettinger, Jonas Kressel and Ivo Schelle
SieMatic S1

Interview with Martin Dettinger, Jonas Kressel and Ivo Schelle

What will the future of the kitchen look like? The design concept of the SieMatic S1 gives an entirely new answer to this question and received a “red dot: best of the best”. Due to its complexity, the design of the SieMatic S1 was accomplished together with two separate, external design teams: Martin Dettinger Industrial Design and kressel + schelle design. red dot interviewed Martin Dettinger, Jonas Kressel and Ivo Schelle about the kitchen of the future and how it was developed.


Mr. Dettinger, Mr. Kressel, Mr. Schelle, a very general question: What does the kitchen of the future look like?
The kitchen of the future is modern, communicative and open. It integrates modern technology, serves human beings, is fun, and is a living environment.

And what factors played a particularly important role in the development and design of the SieMatic S1?
The S1 is a kitchen for the international market. The design is oriented towards an “International Style”. The criteria are clarity, order and precision. Technology is integrated, subordinate, serving. A kitchen for the twenty-first century, equipped for future demands.

Due to the complexity of the SieMatic S1 as a product, designing it was accomplished with two separate, external design teams. Did this process follow a specific division of roles?
It was exciting teamwork. We developed, discussed and defined the concept together in long meetings. We split the details and tasks and then worked on them in individual offices. Subsequently we met again to discuss and assess the results, continued working on it together, and finally completed it.

A hi-fi system, a flat screen, a PC – the area of kitchens is clearly marked by increasing medialisation. How are these entertainment and information media integrated into the SieMatic S1 kitchen?
Entertainment and information media are integrated in an appropriately unobtrusive manner. The mid-range speakers and tweeters are located in the SmartBoard, the woofer in the base of the kitchen. Media units and the computer are located in the floor cupboard. The docking station for the iPod is integrated in the SmartBoard. The clever part is the operation: all devices are operated at an ergonomically ideal position from the top front of the SmartBoard. The display and sensors for all functions are located at eye level, and the sensors can even be operated with wet hands.

What specific challenges do kitchen designers face today?
Designers have to be responsive to changing living concepts and the latest technical developments to be able to integrate them in their concepts. The kitchen of today is a space for the preparation of food on a high technical level and a space for living and communication with the corresponding technology.

About Martin Dettinger Industrial Design
Martin Dettinger studied industrial design and has been selfemployed since 1993. With a “free view from the outside” and based on years of experience, he designs and realises product systems and is working on the implementation of novel concepts for medium-sized businesses.

About kressel + schelle design
kressel + schelle design is Jonas Kressel and Ivo Schelle. The two designers founded the studio in 1992 and have been working successfully with leading international furniture and lighting manufacturers. In the search for product solutions for customers, kressel + schelle design puts functionality and detail to the fore.