Our roots

1973 1986 1992 1997 1999 2005 2009 2010 2011 2013 2018

1973

Establishment of “Miele – die Küche”
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Establishment of “Miele – die Küche” by Miele & Cie.

The idea of the founders, Rudolf Miele and Peter Zinkann, was to see the kitchen as a single entity combining high quality appliances and furniture elements. Their vision of the complete kitchen is made reality.

1986

In-house lacquering line for kitchens.
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1986: In-house lacquering line for kitchens.

The new lacquering line makes it possible to offer a virtually unlimited range of colours in RAL and NCS colour range for matt, textured, gloss and high gloss lacquered surface finishes. Individual lacquers can be adapted to any surroundings.

1992

Environmental standards are set.
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Environmental standards are set.

“Miele – die Küche” is certified to the DIN EN ISO 9001 quality management system. The company is the first kitchen manufacturer to introduce an environmental management system. In 1996 it receives additional certification in accordance with the international environmental standard DIN EN ISO 14001.

1997

Premiere for the Freestyle Kitchen.
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Premiere for the Freestyle Kitchen.

A “revolution” in the hitherto conservative kitchen market. WARENDORF launches the first Freestyle Kitchen. The modern kitchen becomes modular and mobile – reflecting the increasing mobility of modern life.

1999

The patent: the folding carcase
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The patent: the folding carcase

Production starts on WARENDORF’s new production line for its unique folding carcase. Regardless of depth, width or height – with this technology everything is possible and it comes with a 30-year-guarantee.

2005

AFG takes over.
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AFG takes over.

In September Miele sells its kitchen manufacturing division to building supplies specialist AFG, which is owned by the Swiss holding company Arbonia Forster.

2009

Philippe Starck partners with WARENDORF.
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Philippe Starck partners with WARENDORF.

“Starck by WARENDORF” celebrates its premiere! Philippe Starck stands for intelligent design of everyday products. Together with WARENDORF he turns to designing kitchens that meet the needs of a modern and flexible society – every day of the week.

2010

“Miele” becomes “WARENDORF – Die Küche”.
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“Miele” becomes “WARENDORF – Die Küche”.

Miele kitchens are made in Warendorf which is why that is now their name. In September “Miele – Die Küche” becomes “WARENDORF – Die Küche”. The quality and expertise of 25 years remain. A new approach and design make their debut!

2011

Piet Boon influences a new kitchen design.
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Piet Boon influences a new kitchen design.

Piet Boon is a unique Dutch designer! He is known for his penchant for excellence and preference for high quality materials. His philosophy: simple elegance with natural materials! Together, he and WARENDORF develop a totally new kitchen design that is the expression of traditional craftsmanship.

2013

CoBe Capital continues the tradition.
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CoBe Capital continues the tradition.

CoBe Capital is a global, private investment company that specialises in the acquisition and operation of non-core business units in the Americas and Europe from leading global corporations. Its goal is the long-term growth of these units – on the basis of the management philosophies of Lean Management and continual improvement. CoBe Capital was founded by Neal Cohen in 1994.

2018

Setting sail with a fresh wind behind it.
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Setting sail with a fresh wind behind it.

Following an extensive corporate restructure, WARENDORF – Die Küche is setting sail for the future The Managing Director is Stefan Hofemeier. With a highly motivated management team, WARENDORF – Die Küche is now expanding its worldwide presence as a manufacturer of premium kitchens!