Having grown up in his father's workshop, Martin Steininger started learning about carpentry at an early age. However, it soon became clear that skilled handcraft alone was not enough for him. Martin Steininger began studying new production techniques, refining materials and seeking to make contact with designers and architects – most notably Adolf Loos and Joseph Hoffmann. During this time, his style matured.
And today, Martin Steininger works all over the world, from Vienna, to Milan, to New York. His designs are uncompromising: the utmost economy in the use of formal means and virtually archaic intensity of artistic expression. Puristic modernity – or luxurious simplicity as some would call it – in a rarely seen result.
Steininger's vision became a reality for the first time in his conception of the concrete kitchen in 2004. Here there are no distractions. Life happens and penetrates all levels of the now. The message seems to be clear.
But despite – or perhaps precisely because of – this resoluteness, Martin Steininger's design has an ambivalent dimension. On the one hand, the kitchens are more like kitchens than others. On the other hand, their objects exceed what one understands as a kitchen. Consequently, they are: