The creation of the appliance begins with the grounded concept of function. The design must perform exceptionally and unfailingly. The designer’s vision facilitates this function, yet inspires so much more. It can challenge engineering, it can innovate, but only in order to genuinely benefit the design conscious private chef. This is functional objet d’art.
Whether we are expertly guiding the latest laser cutter or painstakingly hand polishing, there is always an invaluable return upon the investment of so many skilled man-hours into our work. That is, the creation of a product with something akin to a soul.
We are as committed to craftsmanship today as we were over 300 years ago. Which is not to say we are behind the times. As artisans, we relish skilfully utilising the latest technology. We created a clean room in the middle of our Lipsheim factory to hand build our signature and highly advanced TFT touch displays.
Of the 840 processes involved in assembling our refrigerators, 813 are by hand while our iconic 90 cm wide ovens have been assembled by hand for over 30 years. Even our baking stones have our name hand-stamped into them.
Working with professional chefs, we note what delights and frustrates them. Their equipment needs to be intuitive and enabling, focussed and robust: the chef needs to devote themselves to the dish, not the oven. And while appearance is not so vital in the workplace, it matters in the home.
The life between work increasingly revolves around cuisine. Preparing, enjoying, discussing it, all occurs increasingly in one room. And if the kitchen is the heart of the home, then Gaggenau is the soul of the kitchen.
The professional kitchen principle is our foundation. Professional equipment, much like ingredients, must be of the highest quality and add something to the final dish. We use the same approach for the private kitchen, but with the added aesthetic consideration. Given these means and the passion, the private chef can produce professional results, time and again.