1954, the year Liebherr has started manufacturing refrigerators and freezers, of which are considered indispensable appliances in the kitchen. Through time, the company continues to evolve, keeping the most current technology or even ahead while implementing design trends that best suit the current time. In this article we will be sharing with you the principles that we uphold in designing our fridges and freezers, as well as the trends that influence the finished products.
Let’s talk about refrigerators in particular, it’s no longer just a device for food storage but it has also become the main design element in the kitchen’s interior. It has become not just a necessity but a part of the holistic kitchen experience.
This principle is particularly evident in the freestanding fridge-freezer unit in this classic stainless steel design. Liebherr fully understands how outstanding design transforms an ordinary stainless steel fridge into an extraordinary one.
Good design brings enjoyment in use: Liebherr appliances bring living areas to life with well-balanced lighting concepts, quality materials and harmonious design – inside and out. “It’s a Liebherr” isn’t just about the refrigerator. It is a statement of extraordinary design and outstanding quality.
Liebherr key design principle is that everything is well thought through even to the smallest of details. This is evident not only aesthetically but also in the organisation of the interior space. It is designed for optimal storage and convenient access to products, which all in all simplifies the daily use of the refrigerator, while the inherent adoption of high-quality materials guarantees the durability of all its components.
Ease of use and reliability are the main criteria in design development of a Liebherr appliance. This approach allows us to create innovative solutions that further ensures the perfect harmony of seamless design and top of the line features and functionality.
19th century American architect Louis Sullivan postulated that “form follows function,” a concept heartily embraced by the Bauhaus and German modernism aesthetics. This guiding principle is as relevant as ever, especially when it comes to product design, although it is now not so radically applied. At Liebherr, design is a part of product development, making our products highly distinctive.
“Design is never an end in itself,” explains Jan Ctvrtnik, Senior Product Designer at Liebherr-Hausgeräte, “because design gives products an identity and thereby makes them unique. Even the actual hard-product features are supported by design elements.”
Jan Ctvrtnik outlines the guidelines he follows when developing designs for Liebherr, and how trends and inspiration flow into the design:
What inspires a Product Designer who works on refrigerators?
At Liebherr, technology and a drive to constantly deliver exceptional performance are part of the philosophy in creating a superior product, which is something that inspires us as Product Designers.
We don’t consciously follow a particular visual trend: rather, the lasting quality of our appliances is given expression through their design. Our solutions are designed for use over the course of many years and, during that whole time, they should continue to deliver pleasure in use. Therefore, it is our goal to flow high quality materials, innovative technologies, and everything that an appliance incorporates into a timeless and elegant design.
What do you think makes a ‘beautiful’ refrigerator?
One that impresses me with minimal design yet demonstrates clear presence. One that is straightforward and able to carry the quality that it promises on the outside through to the interior as well. Perhaps even one that is not actually perceived as an appliance at all.
Where do you see future trends heading?
Many countries are returning to their roots: quality regional ingredients and home cooking are very popular right now. For food products to retain their quality for as long as possible, it all comes down to appropriate storage and top-notch refrigeration. In addition to this, uncomplicated storage innovations and achieving a clear overview of stored products always play an important role. We work diligently to develop really advanced solutions that deliver.
We have a wide range of products that includes more than 200 models, visit our website to find out more about it, safe to say that there’s a Liebherr suitable for everyone. Check out this Liebherr guide article to help you figure out which model best suits you.