Milan Design Week: Even More from Eurocucina 2016

Did
you think I’d finished spilling on Eurocucina yet? Well no, there is still more
to share from the fantastic Italian Kitchen trade show.
 

Next
up is the
pro-kitchen trend.
Incorporating commercial cooking elements into our residential kitchens, think
lots of stainless steel, plenty of prep areas, lots of easy access storage and
integrated removable elements.
Veneta Cucine introduced the new Step
System
across its entire range of kitchens, it’s a panel that joins the
base units with the wall units to maximize the use of vertical space and keep
often-used items close to hand.
TM Italia and Ernestomeda
showed pro elements incorporated such as stainless steel finishes, removable
prep sections and organiser elements. 
Valcucines’ Gourmet System is a
semi-professional solution with a steel work surface, concealed storage area
and a built-in equipped back section.  If you prefer a more retro look
then
Abimis
may well be right up your street.  All of these fantastic for the wannabe
pro-chef in your home, or those with an honest-to-god love of stainless steel.


You
might remember on my last Eurocucina post that I was talking about the hidden
kitchen trend. Well they don’t come more hidden than that by
Marmo Arredo
for Offmat,
I couldn’t get a decent video of it at the time as the stand was so very
crowded but the below is a must see.

Some serious
innovation right there, although not yet ready for the residential market, but
a tech option that I’m sure we’ll see more of in the future. My thoughts though
immediately jump to do we need it though? I mean kitchens need sinks surely?

Which leads me
on nicely to my next trend –
tecnno
kitchen
. The halls of Salone del Mobile were packed to
the rafters with technology-enabled innovation in the kitchen halls (and in
fact they have a whole technology section – FTK). It really seems that the
kitchen manufacturers see technology being an ever-increasing part of the
future for residential kitchens. There were tech-enabled wonders all over the
place (some seen in my video
here) sliding cabinets, work surfaces,
disappearing/ reappearing elements and even voice activation. It was almost the
norm to see retracting countertops at the touch of a
button.  Hydraulic/pneumatic lifts that concealed appliances were used
to provide cleaner more minimalist looks (seen at
TMItalia
and
Team7). Apps were also getting in on the act too, the one that
had me slightly incredulous turned on your oven to the correct temperature.
Then there was the actual technology incorporated into appliances; from
improving the length of freshness of food seen at
Liebherr biofresh, to flush/pitt extraction hoods at bora,
invisible hobs and pop up faucets. Nearly every company in FTK showed greener
more energy efficient models among their options new to market and my favourite
technology focus the quieter appliances – music to my ears! Seen especially at
Miele
who launched a new generation of dishwashers that were ultra quiet.

In
fact Miele went so far as to suggest an invisible kitchen over at their Tortona
District installation seen below. If I’m honest I found the whole smart “kitchen
of the future” a bit overwhelming – particularly work surfaces that tell me how
many calories are in my food. It sounds like torture!

The invisible
induction hob at
Binova and also seen at Pedini was actually fairly jaw dropping.
It looks like a standard marble surface but is actually made of a porcelain
material that has a built-in integrated induction cooktop.

Hob
innovation really was a big draw.

The
most successful technological developments on show were those that simplified
daily activities, smart integrated systems and those that were easy to
use. 
Companies like Elica and Franke were incorporating phone
charging and USB ports. Watch out, household appliances are becoming
seriously intelligent.

While
it doesn’t seem particularly ground breaking
integrated lighting was huge –
it’s not just under the plinth anymore. It was particularly prevalent inside
cupboards so at last we will be able to see to the back of cupboards. Many
options were automated through sensors. Two of my favourites were a backlit
integrated rear panel by
Valcucine which
adds task
lighting to the benchtop as well as a wonderful decorative effect and Nendo for
Scavolini
Ki collection providing a wonderful accent glow by to the open shelves.  I
think this is something that we’ll see in virtual every kitchen soon, as it’s
something that every client will want – a great balance between necessary and
decorative. Its great to see so many companies are now giving careful
consideration to lighting in the kitchen environment.

Look
no hands! In fact
handleless was
an obsession, not a handle in sight was often the common view across the
multitude of kitchen room sets across the exhibition. This does lend itself
well to really clean lines without interruption and for those who prefer a
minimalist aesthetic.
Miele
presented its
ArtLine collection including ovens, steam cookers and combination units, which
are completely handle- free (seen in Miele video top above). The team at
Liebherr also debuted a fantastic wine storage collection that was handless. 

So which trends
are you hoping will make it into your home or project? Personally I’m all about
the lighting, so that gets a huge thumbs up from me.

To see part 1
and 2 of my EuroCucina 2016 trend report visit
here and here.


Image source:
hellopeagreen, TMItalia, Valcucine, Arclinea

video
source: Milano Design Awards Miele, Trends Ideas, Porcelanosa and 
Arclinea





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