a milestone in modernist design.
From 1927 to 1929, Louis-Herman de Koninck worked on a new type of kitchen furniture based on T. Riolle's research on the painfulness of domestic work. This resulted in the presentation in 1930 to the CIAMB kitchen at the third CIAM (International Congress of Modernist Architecture).
This creation was an important milestone in Europe's domestic architecture.
Cubex was one of the few pieces of modernist furniture to be sold by thousands in the 1930s.
the contemporary kitchen
By 1930, Cubex was the solution ahead of its time in the layout of kitchens and has permanently marked the sector.
If today's European standard for the width of household appliances (and therefore the basic module of the kitchen) is 60 cm, it is following the collaboration of Cubex, since 1931 with various manufacturers.
And by the distribution of thousands Cubex kitchen furniture in Belgium and the Netherlands from 1930 to 1965.
Berteaux House 1936 - Brussels
Louis Herman De Koninck
(31 March 1896 - 21 October 1984) was a Belgian architect and designer.
One of the leading Belgian architects of the 20th century, De Koninck developed an original form of modernism and constructivism architecture.
Not a theorist, L H De Koninck has rooted his design in the in depth understanding of popular architecture developed by farmers on the Belgian sea shore. He spent many years copying these natural design, and maintained a deep sense of them all his life even when expressed through the most modern concepts and breakthrough use of lights and space in the 20's.
In 1924, he radicalized his architecture by building his own house in Uccle: a simple cube on two floors. In 1928, he introduced the construction into thin sails of concrete, a material that would be the springboard of his architectural approach, centered on the formal rigor resulting from the only constructive logic and the economy.
His period of intense research was between 1924 and 1938.