Kenko Sports Equipment combines a minimalist and sustainable approach to design
Having a home gym can be very convenient. You no longer have any reason not to practice because you have the right tools at your fingertips. Your home gym doesn’t have to be complete as all you need are a few dumbbells, a bench and a mat to get started.
On the side of the Maison & Objet show, we saw some brands and designers worthy of attention. One name that stood out was Kenko, a company committed to developing sports equipment for use at home. The idea is to create minimalist versions of standard fitness equipment using natural materials.
Designers: Andreas Bachmann and Fritz Grospietsch
With this objective, Kenko is able to offer regenerative items that not only help you achieve your health and fitness goals, but also fit into any home interior. Gym equipment usually looks bland, boring, or industrial, but not with Kenko. Kenko sports equipment and products mainly feature simple designs and innovative functions. The materials are top quality, starting with cork and wood, used for the geometric shapes that have become Kenko’s distinctive feature.
Kenko sports equipment can also become conversation starters. They look like sculptural pieces that can also serve as home decor. Product designers Andreas Bachmann and Fritz Grospietsch managed to create a unique line that would be a sustainable alternative to typical gym equipment available on the market.
Kenko wants sports equipment to look as good as the house. Therefore, the mission has always been to provide top quality standards and to use natural materials to take advantage of local production. A few notable products caught our attention including the Kettlebell Series, Trigger Cone, Massage Stick, Massage Ball, and Dumbbell Series. The latter is available in walnut or maple with polished stainless steel for the fabricated weight plates.
The Kettlebell series is also available in walnut or maple. The eye-catcher that is this kettlebell is made from solid wood in a complicated process that results in a more stable and durable handle. Like the Dumbbell Series, the Kettlebell Series comes in different weight options.
The massage ball is perfect for those with muscle tension or pain. It is made of stainless steel and comes with a cork lid. The cork serves as insulation because the ball can be filled with hot water (up to 80°C). Use the massage ball and apply to the tense or painful part of your body. The massage stick can also be described as the same: same materials, insulation characteristics and offers the same relief.
The Trigger Cone is made of brass and cork, making it an ideal solution for any muscle strain. Use it to massage a tense area in a circular motion. It will help stimulate blood circulation and relieve stress whether you are lying down, sitting or standing.