Introducing greenery to your kitchen

When it comes to improving home decor, houseplants have been quite the trend in the last
couple of years. While previously restricted to just balconies, nowadays they seem to have
taken over every room in our homes, adding an organic touch and bringing the outdoors in. It’s
a trend which is here to stay, and one that definitely deserves a place in the kitchen.

Not only do houseplants serve as beautiful and sustainable home decor, but they can also help
purify your air. Plus, studies find that plants increase morale and productivity — two things we
can all get more of in the kitchen. Being a modular kitchen brand that believes in utilizing
every nook and corner in your kitchen, here are five plants we recommend bringing in, that is
sure to breathe some life into your kitchen.

The Spider Plant

The spider plant is capable of thriving under a variety of conditions, and doesn’t require much
care at all. Keep this plant anywhere in your kitchen — by the window in the sun, or on the
countertop underneath overhead cabinets — and watch it grow with the help of occasional
waterings and infrequent pruning. It makes for a great natural air purifier and helps removes
fumes and pollutants in the kitchen.

Aloe Vera

A beautiful and distinctive-looking plant filled with vitamins and minerals that are great for your
skin, having a potted aloe vera is like having 24/7 access to a pharmacy. Keep it next to the
stove and it will come in handy the next time you inevitably burn yourself. Just cut off a lower leaf
near the stalk, remove any spines along the edge, and squeeze out the gel-filled interior. Rub
the gel right on the burn and you’ll feel almost instant cooling effects.

Chinese Evergreens

A hybrid of two other tropical plants, the Chinese evergreen is an adaptable house plant
capable of growing in dry, low-light conditions. It’s great for removing toxins in the air and is
another plant that requires little care.

Aluminum Plant

This one’s for those who are big on appliances. The aluminum plant’s green and metallic silver
leaves will be a fitting addition. Keep this in a hanging basket and away from hot or cold objects.
The aluminum plant’s main appeal in the kitchen is its coloring. Add to the fact that it’s a hanging
plant means you’ll save valuable counter space.

Cast Iron Plant
Add an unusual cast iron piece to your kitchen in the form of this hearty, hassle-free houseplant.
Bright green and leafy, the cast iron plant can tolerate much more than your average house
plant, including extremely low light, extreme and fluctuating heat, and infrequent watering.
Making it perfectly capable of surviving any climate in the kitchen – whether it’s the humidity
from simmering stove tops or the heat from the hours of the oven being on.

 

Drop by a Würfel store today and get a taste of what’s cooking in the world of modular
kitchens.

To discover the hottest kitchen trends, styles and other ways to improve your home decor with
Würfel – India’s most valuable modular kitchen and wardrobe brand.

 

 

 

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Choosing the right colour for your kitchen.

You’ve picked out a kitchen without any incident. Your spouse and you are feeling pretty smug about your choice. It’s a world-class European design, there’s ample amounts of cabinet storage space and it’s just what you pictured for your home. You cast judgemental looks at the couple fighting down the aisle. It’s all very rosy and happily ever after. And then it happens. The small matter of deciding which colour to go with?

Among the reservoir of husband-wife arguments, picking a colour ranks somewhere near the top. It’s a time when underhand tactics like emotional blackmailing and digging up past arguments come to the fore. Crimson red or vermilion red? Lemon yellow or royal yellow? It’s a tough call, considering the ideal shade is somewhere that’s a little bit of both, and on top of that,
retailers only offer a limited range of colours. So someone (the husband) always has to compromise.

For such couples, we have some good news. Wurfel now offers infinite shades to choose from, available on any modular kitchen you buy from us. Whether you want it to match with those beige curtains, or your favourite pink sari, we’ve got it all. Just walk in to your nearest Wurfel showroom and tell us which colour you’d like, we’ll customize it for you and bring you the
kitchen.

Check out the video below to see the kind of stuff people have been bringing.

To get a closer look at our colours and other innovations we bring to the world of modular
kitchens, drop by our showroom.

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Meet Wurfel’s leading lady.

Anna Jimenez Morera is one of Würfel’s founding members and has been a key part of the brand’s success and achievements since its inception. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we spoke to Anna on her challenges as a woman in a leadership position, her reason for joining the modular kitchen industry, and her vision for the brand. Here’s what she had to say.

  1. What sparked your interest in this field? 

I believe it happened gradually. My mom was a working-woman who juggled the balancing act of a full-time job and taking care of the home, very well. I always noticed her interests and attention-to-detail when decorating the house, bringing in useful things, utilising space, and not just randomly decorating for the sake of it. My interest piqued with my dad’s contribution towards the technical side. He was always actively looking for things to do with the furniture, whether it was assembling pieces, or restoring a piece of furniture, he was always very precise and knew exactly what was needed.

I remember this one time I wanted to change my bed. So we went to an old market and bought an old bed, restored it, painted it and made it as good as new. In Spain, we have a thing for antiques and rustic furniture.

All these factors made me realise just how big a job my mom was doing and how important it was for her to have storage in place. Since she could not shop everyday, it was essential to have good storage space with moisture-free cabinets to help keep things for longer.

  1. Can you tell us a memory from your childhood that helped shape the woman you are today?

Well, there is not one memory or one occasion, but a number of such events. The inspiration has always come from my superwoman – my mom. Seeing her juggle her responsibilities so well – career, children, family, the home.

Her mother passed away when she was just 4, while her younger brother was just 2. So from a very young age itself, she had to take on the responsibility of looking after her younger brother and being a mother to him. She started working in her early teens to support and provide for the family.

Her strong determination to build a great family for herself, which she missed while growing up, led her to find a lovely man, my dad, and brought us together to become the happy family that we are today. She taught me to never settle for less. She is a warrior and I am very lucky and blessed to have her.

  1. Considering you’re not from India, you have the unique perspective of seeing how women get treated here versus in Spain. What would be the key differences?

The key difference is in how talent is viewed. In India, there are fewer leadership roles offered to women in middle and senior management, as compared to Spain. Skill development to take on senior roles and mentorship of this talent is not taken very seriously.

I feel HR could do more with their policies to support women – such as adequate maternity cover, representation in the industry, changing HR panel discussions, stronger and stricter policies for harassment.

  1. What it’s like being a female leader in a company like Würfel,in an emerging market like India’s?

Being a leader in a company like Würfel has made me realise that leadership skills are universal. The ability to inspire, influence change and drive company results are universal objectives of male and female leaders. The key difference lies in middle management to senior roles, where the ratio is skewed. In meetings and in offices, I feel the responsibility to represent both, the expat woman and the woman.

Representation is the only way to bring about true change, so I am constantly looking at ways of bringing in more professionals with culturally diverse backgrounds, be it male or female.

Being a leader, I look at the best industry practices world over, and use them to positively influence the way of working, interacting, and functioning at Würfel.

Working in this industry also gives me the chance to deal with Real Estate and construction, where again you don’t see a lot of women. It’s a mindset I hope to see a change in.

 

Calicut Showroom Launch

Kerala is well known for its rich beauty and cultural heritage. Whether it’s the calming backwaters, exotic landscapes, or its serene beaches. With an aim to add to its beauty, Würfel recently launched its second showroom in Calicut.

Unlike most other showrooms, this boutique outlet was built where previously there existed an independent villa. So even before we launched, we had to put our European design sensibilities and expertise to use, to convert the villa into the top-of-the-line modular kitchen showroom it is today.

We launched the event with many of the city’s most respected builders and architects in attendance. As we took them through everything on display – L-shaped kitchens, U-shaped kitchens, island kitchens, and designer wardrobes, most were left awestruck by the end of it. In total, we showcased six kitchens and three of our wardrobes at the event.

Among the innovations on show were our nanotechnology-powered, scratch-resistant kitchens – kitchens on which scratches can be healed by the mere swoosh of a steam iron, and soft-close drawers – drawers that shut without as much as a peep, no matter how hard you slam them. It was met with loud applause, genuine appreciation and a sense of curiousness for how we achieve such perfection.

And it’s this drive for innovation that has today made Würfel one of India’s fastest growing modular kitchen and wardrobe brand.

Würfel’s appetite for success means the brand also uses its design intelligence and European expertise to create state-of-the-art wardrobes, designed to maximize space wherever you place them – an L-shaped corner or around windows, to make the best use of space in your room.

For a glimpse of our showroom launch, click the video below.

To check out more of our portfolio and the latest European’s designs, drop by our store

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Third Store in Kerala – Trivandrum Now Open

Würfel Store in Trivandrum

The new year kicked off with Würfel bringing its modular kitchens to Trivandrum, making it our third store in Kerala, after Kochi and Calicut (Clearly we can’t get enough of God’s own country).

The event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting at our showroom, inaugurated by one of the most distinguished architects in the city – Mr. Mahesh, from Iyer & Mahesh. Soon after, we conducted a quick Q&A session with the industry’s top journalists – where we fielded questions on our products, innovations, and plans for the future.

Following the showroom launch, we hosted a special gathering for a special few, at The Hilton. The evening saw some of the most renowned builders and architects in attendance. They wined, they dined and got a taste of the finest modular kitchens Wurfel has to offer. Talk about a fine three-course meal eh?

Some of the innovations on show included our nanotechnology powered scratch-resistant kitchens – kitchens on which scratches can be healed by the mere swoosh of an iron, and soft-close drawers – drawers that shut without as much as a peep, no matter how hard you slam them. It’s this kind of drive for innovation that has today made us one of the fastest growing brands in the industry, and the sort of thing that we hope will make us the among the top modular kitchen dealers in Trivandrum.

Our appetite for success means Würfel not only designs modular kitchens but another key part of the home – wardrobes. These European-style cabinets and closets are designed to maximize space wherever you place them – an L-shaped corner or even around windows. Whatever it takes to make the best use of space in your room. This way, you can utilize alcoves and odd corners that usually remain out of action and integrate your wardrobe with your existing room layout.

To get a closer look at more such innovations and our complete kitchen portfolio, drop by our showroom.

Store locator

Address: 1st floor, Seapearl building, Above South Indian bank, NH bypass, Kulathoor, Near Technopark, Trivandrum – 695583

Phone: +91-9895383899 / Email: sales.trivandrum@wurfel.in

Mumbai Showroom Opens at Andheri West

Late last year (2017), Wurfel took its modular kitchens to the maximum city – Mumbai. Being our first store in the city and state, we wanted our launch to be an evening to remember.

The event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting at the showroom, where we were joined by esteemed members of the press. In between the wide smiles, camera flashes, and snappy shutter sounds, we also fielded questions from the journalists pertaining to our products, ownership, and vision for the brand, in a lively Q&A session. Quite a few wanted to know how you pronounce Wurfel (It’s Wuh-r-fill).

As we reached sundown, most of the audience wanted to let their hair down. Before we knew it, the industry’s leading architects and builders soon joined the party.
Our lineup for the event included a live cook up from celebrity chef and culinary expert – Rakhi Vaswani, some freshly brewed blues music, along with servings of the finest European wine and appetizers. Safe to say, we had all the ingredients for a perfect evening.

The longer the night went on, the more enjoyable it got. To soak our audience even further in European culture, we gave them language lessons in German, Spanish and Italian. Some fumbled, some delivered, but all of them were in splits by the end of it. In between the head grooving and wine-tasting, we treated the crowd to some of our latest modular kitchens and innovations.
Some of the products on show included our nanotechnology powered scratch-

resistant kitchens – kitchens on which scratches can be healed by the mere swoosh of

an iron, and soft-close drawers – drawers that shut without as much as a peep, no

matter how hard you slam them. It was met with loud applause and genuine appreciation.

And it’s this drive for innovation that has today made Wurfel one of India’s fastest growing modular kitchen and wardrobe brand.

For a glimpse of our showroom launch, click the video below.

To check out more of our portfolio and the latest European’s designs, drop by our store

(Store locator)

 

Top Modular Kitchen Trends That Cannot Go Wrong

Kitchens are the heart of every household. Kitchens are undeniably the most visited and social hotspots of the home. It is the special corner of the house wherein a lot cooking, eating, stocking, and socializing happens. With its utmost importance in any household, it is vital that your kitchen is designed in a perfect manner following the current trends. With the advent of the modular kitchens, it has become quite easier to live up to the functionality and designer needs of different households.

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If you are looking for some rocking kitchen trends this year, then head out to the highly equipped kitchen showroom in Bangalore by Wurfel. Here, you can come across a myriad of trending kitchen designs in India. If you are confused by the huge collection of designs in the kitchen showroom, then here are some top kitchen design trends that you can adopt in your household:

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  • The Not-So-White Industrial Collection: This kitchen trend is the latest one which tends to deviate from the common all-white kitchen design. This modern kitchen design is neither too pale nor too dark. A cool, neutral, and versatile look of the industrial kitchen will bring a bit of drama to your kitchen space. Amongst all the industrial kitchen collection, charcoal grey is the best choice for the contemporary households.

This is one of the best modular kitchen trends in the recent times. The warmth of the industrial looks and hues imparts a new and dignified look to the overall kitchen décor. This kitchen design era, you can skip the ever-white collection to adopt the refreshing industrial look.

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  • The Personified Hot Look: Wish to energize your lifestyle kitchen look instantly? Just go for splashing a vibrant shade of hot red in some portions of your kitchen. By adding a red element to your kitchen, you can accentuate the complete look without any efforts. Moreover, this is quite a famous trend in the recent times. The red cabinets are indeed something to go for as they enrich the look of your kitchen seamlessly. With just a few touches of red to specific portions of your kitchen can highlight the entire space.

You can go for including a simple outline of red hue on the lacquered glass backsplash or elemental red combination on just the handles to add a dramatic touch. Red never fails to surprise you and your guests with its awe-inspiring feel throughout.

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  • Time for All Warm & Dark: The idea of a dark contemporary kitchen design might sound too dreary, however, it can be a bold touch to your kitchen in the modern era. It could impart a stunning look to your kitchen space if done in the right manner. To add to the entire look, you can install a black vintage stove in combination with a black & white tiled floor or walls with darkened cabinets to achieve a vintage and classy look for your modernized kitchen.

If you are not content with the all-black look of the whole kitchen, then you can experiment with some black elements like handles, cabinets, or backsplashes to complete the bold décor. Black is the go-to shade and an all-time favorite that could never go wrong with any household interiors.

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  • Classic Modernized Style: You thought pastels and lighter shades were only meant for your personal fashion? Amplify the fashionable look of your modernized kitchen with infusing some shades of cool and dignified pastels like shades of green and aqua blue on the kitchen walls. You can also enhance the entire look by selecting tiles with pastel green motifs or shades of pistachio green, mint green, lime green, olive green and what not! All of these pastel elements are sure to add a sense of freshness and vitality into your earlier dull kitchen.

Pastels can be considered to be quite a debutante in the modern kitchen trends list and it has been receiving amazing responses from the worldwide kitchens. This soft shade infuses coziness into the available space and those in search for a fresh look can definitely go for this one. Moreover, unlike other shades, one can never get bored with green as it brings about the perfect balance in your kitchen décor.

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  • Patterned Drama: Not liking the concept of a uni-colored kitchen design? Then you can introduce some creative touch by including the all-new and trending patterned design in your kitchen. To your surprise, you would come across a myriad of options when it comes to selecting a particular pattern for designing the kitchen space. From cure floral prints to bold patterns like stripes, and geometric patterns –all of it can add an awe-inspiring touch to your kitchen area. From the symmetric to asymmetric kitchen design patterns, this is the latest trend running globally. When you have a splash of interesting and quirky patterns in your kitchen space, be free from getting bored of it too soon.

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  • Classic Black & White Palette: After all the color and design options, one combination that we cannot afford to ignore is the vintage black and white palette for your forward-looking kitchen. The black and white hue combination for kitchen design can never go out of trend even through decades. The best feature of this kitchen design is that it imparts a great element of contrast to your kitchen space, thus highlighting the overall look. To complement the entire look, warm rustic hardwood flooring can be the best option. Moreover, go for the modular kitchen designs with sleek cabinet and drawer materials that would complete this kitchen designing trend.

If you are on the lookout of the best kitchen designing trends, then go through the same. These design trends for your modular kitchen in Bangalore would offer a designer as well as a functional touch to the entire space. The kitchens around the world are following these trending designs to welcome an aura of freshness and fashionable look. Implement one for your household and win applauds from all around!

Reasons Why Pullout Kitchen Cabinets are a Blessing

Installing the modular kitchen setup in your house? The greatest advantage offered by the modular kitchens is that these offer ample storage to accommodate all the necessary ingredients of your kitchen. Moreover, the modern kitchen décor looks highly stylish and decorative. One of the most important feature of the modern kitchens is the pullout drawers that tend to simplify various activities in the kitchen.

When you have installed the pullout drawers in your kitchen space, there is no need to search for certain items through the dark, deep cabinets when you can get all that you want with a simple pull of the drawer beneath. The possibilities of designing the pullout drawers in your kitchen go beyond the traditional forms of pantry-style pullout drawers. There are options of designing special pullouts for containing specific items to enhance the functionality in your modular kitchen.

Here are some of the top reasons why the pullout drawers in your kitchen prove highly beneficial:

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  • Ample Storage of Utensils: When you store utensils in cabinets or as a heap in some basket, there are higher chances of wasting a lot of time in searching for the particular piece of cookware. However, when you would store the utensils into separate sections of the pullout drawers, you can access them with much ease. You can also go for customizing the pullout drawers in your modern kitchen.

The pullout drawers can be divided into various sections as per the design of different utensils in your home. For instance, you can go for designing a wider and deeper section of the pullout drawers for storing plates and cookware like pressure cooker, and so more. By storing the utensils where they belong, it would accelerate your search process as you would where you have stored the same.

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  • Microwave Drawer: A particular section of the pullout drawers can also be converted into an accessible microwave drawer. This saves the need of storing your microwave separately into one corner of your kitchen countertop. In addition to offering the ease of access, this customized design of the pullout drawers can also offer a rich and classy look to your kitchen.

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  • Separate Knife Rack: Tired of storing the sharp knives upon kitchen shelves as they keep falling every now and then? You can go for the installation of a separate knife rack in one section of the pullout drawer to store the sharp-end knifes there safely. It also makes the knives stay out of reach of the children and thus ensures their safety. Moreover, your kitchen shelf or countertop area would appear more spacious without anything on top of them.

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  • Vertical Storage: The pullout drawers can also be customized to serve as effective vertical storage. There is no denying the fact that vertical storage in any corner of your house tends to simplify the storage concern with much ease. The clever installation of the pullout drawers as a vertical storage beneath the modular kitchen countertop opens door for multiple storage. From storing your plates vertically to keeping several kitchen ingredients intact, all of these can be achieved with much ease with the help of the pullout drawers in your modern kitchen.

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  • Spice Rack: This could be the most functional application of the pullout drawers in your lifestyle kitchen. It could be quite clumsy to store the spices kept in jars and cases of various sizes over the countertop or shelves above. These spice jars need quick access while cooking. The pullout drawers just beneath your cooking area can be the best location in your entire kitchen. A great space for storing the spices of all sorts for the experimental cooks or chefs-in-making to keep trying different blends of spices with easy access to them.
  • Appliance Pullout: In addition to keeping your microwave, you can also store other kitchen appliances in the pullout drawers of your modular kitchen. For instance, the kitchen appliances like toasters, coffee machines, mixers, and so more can be stored with much ease in such customized pullout drawers to offer easy accessibility and great storage utilization. You can simply slide the appliances when needed with a snap through these pullout drawers and hide them perfectly when they are not needed.

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If you are thinking of going for the lifestyle kitchen setup in your house, then Wurfel has some of the best designs for modular kitchens in Bangalore. Visit their high-end kitchen showroom in Bangalore and select the best range of kitchen accessories and customized sections like pullout drawers. Grab the best design for your kitchen that suits your needs and preferences. The pullout drawers are becoming the trend of every modular kitchen currently. Install the same in your kitchen to accentuate the overall look as well as functionality of the available space.

Know About the Different Types of Modular Kitchen Cabinets

Are you planning to install the modular kitchen setup in your home? A typical modular kitchen offers the users with a fully-functional design and a set of pre-designed cabinets. These cabinets are designed and set up to be easily assembled as well as disassembled whenever required. In addition to offering excellent storage space in the limited kitchen area, the presence of a modern kitchen also makes the kitchen area appear highly appealing. The modular kitchens are all about drawers and cabinets. When all the cabinets and drawers are combined together, these form up the modern kitchen setup. This design makes your kitchen all the more worthwhile and functional.

Here are some of the different types of modular kitchen cabinets that can be installed in your home. Have a read:

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  • The Base Cabinets: The cabinet area that you observe below the granite or countertop in any modular kitchen is the base cabinet area. These cabinets are meant for offering great storage space for storing almost anything from big kitchen utensils to small cutlery items. In addition to the storage functionality, the base cabinets also offer great support the slab region of the kitchen. The base cabinets can store anything related to the kitchen area from stainless steel heavy utensils to lighter crockery items.

These can also appear as typical stainless steel baskets or even as various shelves & drawers at the base of the kitchen. With the presence of base cabinets in your modern kitchen, you would never run out of storage space to keep things that you would need immediately while cooking. Moreover, these are highly accessible as well.

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  • The Overhead Cabinets: The main function of the overhead cabinets in any lifestyle kitchen setup is to offer the ease of accessibility to a myriad of kitchen essentials like spices, pulses, and so more while you are cooking. The overhead cabinets are placed on the kitchen wall directly above the countertop or granite slab. The placement of overhead cabinets or the wall cabinets is optional.

If you have the desired budget, then you can go for placing them. Otherwise, the base cabinets would do your purpose well. While installing the same, you can choose the desired design that would greatly depend on the overall look of your kitchen as well as on the amount of storage space required by you. In comparison to the base cabinets, the overhead cabinets tend to have lesser depths. You can also design the overhead cabinets up to the ceiling to create even more storage space if you like.

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  • The Tall Cabinets: Such cabinets are usually observed in the modular kitchen setup that comes with a larger overall area. The tall kitchen cabinets can be used for storing a plethora of kitchen items like pickle jars, cookie boxes, jam bars, groceries, ready to eat food items, and so more. Therefore, if you have a spacious kitchen area in your home, then you can consider installing the tall cabinets in your modern kitchen for maximizing storage space. You can use these cabinets for storing extra and bulky items that you would use less often.

While planning out your modular kitchen in Bangalore, you can consider these types of cabinets for the kitchen area. Make the wisest choice!