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Dornbracht product study: Electronic fitting for the kitchen

Iserlohn / Cologne At Living Kitchen, the international trade fair in Cologne for industry experts and the public alike (imm 18 - 23 January 2011), fittings manufacturer Dornbracht will be presenting a new electronic fitting designed for wet working areas of the kitchen. The prototype's central component is an electronic control panel similar to the Dornbracht eTool for the shower. The user-friendly and intuitive control device makes it possible to regulate the fittings and to activate pre-set water programmes. Water can also be controlled by a foot sensor.

An overarching examination of the fields of architecture, product design, technology, water and especially people has shaped Dornbracht's relationship to the bath over the past two decades. It has inspired innovations that placed the company in a pioneering role in the industry. Exceptional examples include the electronically regulated RainSky E shower module and Ambiance Tuning Technique (ATT) featuring the electronic eTool control panel for the shower that was presented last spring. – I have deleted this line because it is not needed. ATT is not the focus of this press release.

Human beings – and their actions – are always at the heart of all of Dornbracht's considerations:

In order to translate positive experiences and technical innovations from the bath to the kitchen, Dornbracht partnered with Sieger Design to analyse the processes and actions that take place in the wet work area of the kitchen. The main question considered was what is the benefit provided by electronically controlled fittings in the kitchen? How could standardised work flows be supported to allow more time for creativity in cooking, serving meals and talking with guests?

Product study offers fully automatic programmes for the wet work area:

The results of the analysis contributed to the development of a product that electronically controls water volume and temperature as well as the washing up liquid dispenser via a central, user-friendly and intuitive control device. The system also offers the option of activating programmes that fill a basin to rinse lettuce or wash up for example at the push of a button. The corresponding water volume, temperature and amount of washing up liquid are dispensed automatically. An aura of light surrounding the buttons intuitively signal what the user's current settings are.

In addition to the control panel, water can also be activated and stopped with a foot sensor. A corresponding light sensor installed in the baseboard under the cabinet shines on the floor as a discrete beam of light, making it possible to start and stop the flow of water hands-free. The idea originated from a commercial kitchen and Dornbracht has applied it to the home.

Further information and a video explaining the principal of the pilot study and the was it works, as well as a feedback area, are available on the web at

Further information on Dornbracht and Dornbracht products as well as digital press releases are available in the internet at or from the Dornbracht Press Office: Meiré und Meiré, Stephanie Eckerskorn / Aline Wenderoth, Lichtstr. 26-28, 50825 Cologne, T. +49(0)221 57770-416 / -402, Email: / Your contact at Dornbracht: Anke Siebold / Bettina Arzt / Nadine Piepenstock, Köbbingser Mühle 6, 58640 Iserlohn, T. +49(0)2371 433-2118 / -2130 / -2119, E-mail: / /

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Water off, Water off: the electronic control panel regulates water flow at the press of a button. The light comes on when water is running.

Product design: Sieger Design
Photos: Jesse Frohman
Copyright: Dornbracht