An A+ for Bulthaup’s b3

German kitchen manufacturer bulthaup is proud to announce it has won a 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award in the Kitchen/Appliances category for its new b3 interior (drawer and pull out) fitting system – released last spring during Salon del Mobile in Milan and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.

Founded in Chicago in 1950, GOOD DESIGN remains the oldest and most recognized award program worldwide for design excellence. It is organized annually by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

“We’re honored to be recognized by such a prestigious awards program,” says David Westover, bulthaup’s U.S. CEO. “The b3 interior fitting system is designed to create space through function, by giving kitchen users the ability to change and re-arrange their drawer organization systems at will. It’s a departure from the inflexible and set drawer organizational systems of the past. The principle of form follows function is more than just a nice idea at bulthaup; it’s the basis of everything we do.”

The b3 interior fitting system is based on the use of functional prisms – geometric kitchen components and accessories that fit precisely into V-shaped channels in crafted drawer inserts that run parallel to the length of the cabinets. Users can change, remove and re-organize drawer organizational components and accessories over time to best meet their evolving needs and create personalized “collages of life.”

The geometric structures – made out of solid stainless steel, solid wood and other materials – create a distinct, highly personal look and feel in bulthaup drawers and pull outs while also fulfilling a functional role. The sliding elements are used to hold in place, organize and provide support wherever necessary. The new horizontal drawer system was also created to be more ergonomic than conventional vertical designs.

About bulthaup

bulthaup’s philosophy is clear: every detail has a purpose. The company’s signature kitchens are revered for their clean lines, ergonomic layout and precision German engineering and manufacturing – all of which are fundamental to creating timeless living spaces that are meant to be used. What resonates with architects, designers and homeowners is that bulthaup kitchens feel as inviting and comfortable from the first day of installation throughout the lifetime of the home. bulthaup systems suit any aesthetic or environment and strike a perfect balance between the home’s architecture and the way one lives. Proprietary seamless interior components, premium wood veneers layered with aluminum and precision hardware are a few of the details that reflect the high level of craftsmanship associated with the bulthaup signature. From modest to premium collections, all products are built to the highest possible standards. Founded by Martin Bulthaup in Germany in 1949, the company remains a family owned and operated entity with showrooms in more than 50 countries, including showrooms in major markets throughout the United States. For more information visit: