Milan Design Week 2016: Eurocucina Highlights

So I’ve been
back from Italy for just over two weeks now and I still haven’t really given
you an update on Milan Design Week. Sorry
some technical hitches got in the way 😉
If you’re on social media you
could not have failed to notice the design world was consumed by the most
important design event of the year, Salone del Mobile. I even wrote
an article over here about how easily it is to be consumed with FOMO during
Milan Design Week. The feeling you’re missing out on a design gem or that
someone has unearthed the best installation is almost unshakable when you are
in Milan as social media just about explodes.

I thought I’d
kick off my walking you through my Eurocucina highlights. Every two years the
fair hosts
EuroCucina,
a biannual specialist show that highlights innovation in kitchen design. With a
focus on technology, the exhibition showcases designer collaborations as well
as innovation in appliances and kitchen furniture design. 
EuroCucina
is an important show in the world of design, as it forecasts the trends across
European kitchen design. 
As
the worlds’ press and important buyers and designers also descend on the show
it generally predicts where Global trends might lead, particularly in the
luxury sector. So here are my picks from the key trends that stood out at
Eurocucina in 2016:



The hidden kitchen
was a ubiquitous 2016 trend spotted on many stands at Eurocucina
(and
elsewhere during Milan Design Week). Minimalist in approach these kitchen
designs were seen in both luxury materials, like the monolithic stone islands
by Strasser and with industrial/pro
kitchen elements as seen at
Valcucine.

Strongly
supporting this
trend was appliance integration,
with many brands presenting product designs intended to be concealed behind
cabinetry to better show off the kitchen’s clean lines. For example, Liebherr and Miele introduced a number of appliances that lacked their door handles
and in a number of different sizes, allowing them to be better integrated with
cabinetry for a smoother, more seamless look. As in kitchen technology downdraft
extractor hoods were a feature at Eurocucina. Unlike traditional extractor
hoods, which are installed above the kitchen’s cooking area, these appliances
are installed at the same level as the cooking surface and use powerful suction
to draw fumes downwards during cooking seen at Bora and Falmec.


The hidden kitchen is still a trend with mileage it seems
and several companies at this edition of
Eurocucina showed moving surfaces that covered hobs and sinks.  In fact there were plenty of designs to make
things disappear.
With all these hidden sinks,
hidden hobs and hidden storage it was almost like they weren’t kitchens at all.
Doors
that enclosed whole works spaces at
Pedini and completely hid
the kitchen from view were prevalent and seen in many different elegant
finishes but all with clean lines in mind. Plenty of brands showed remote
controlled elements – coffee machines, induction hobs, extractor fans,
counter tops that raised to reveal
hidden shelving storage underneath
and even sinks that virtually disappeared as
seen at
the Tulèr kitchen for Offmat.  I particularly enjoyed the remote controlled elements of TMItalia‘s three kitchen designs. Brands making
the most of this trend were
Rossana with their K-in and K-out kitchen who
showed whole sliding countertops
, Strasser showed monolithic kitchen islands that could
have been straight from the quarry, the
Dada booth was one of EuroCucina’s most stylish with lots of sliding elements and Steininger showed one of the most minimalist looks.  While the brands all offered something
different the crux of this trend allows
the kitchen to discreetly be
incorporated into living spaces making a kitchen much more adaptable for
entertaining.

Also on prevalent throughout the show was the use of mixed metals and mixing surface finishes. This lent a particularly glamorous air to many kitchens especially when combined with retracting and movable countertops. Glam kitchens are sure to catch on especially when combined with darker wood and cabinetry. Those companies really making the most of this trend were Rossana, Porcelanosa and Arclinea



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