EuroCucina trends 2018 Salone del Mo­bile

The stand­out trend at EuroCucina, Mi­lan De­sign Week’s bi­en­nial kitchen de­sign ex­trav­a­ganza, was the evo­lu­tion of a for­merly func­tional space into a seam­less, multi-func­tional so­cial hub.

VOGUE Living Australia - - Kitchens & Bathrooms - By Ver­ity Mag­dalino

Once strictly the func­tional heart of the home, the kitchen is the new star at­trac­tion. With the rise of open-plan liv­ing, it’s be­come a multi-use space that seam­lessly morphs from of­fice to en­ter­tain­ment hub to fam­ily din­ing room. At this year’s Salone del Mo­bile’s bi­en­nial EuroCucina show in Mi­lan — the global barom­e­ter for fu­ture trends — the hum­ble kitchen has trans­formed into an in­no­va­tive, sen­sory and in­creas­ingly so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence. “There’s a mul­ti­tude of uses that now dic­tates how a kitchen needs to look,” says Si­mone Stephens, se­nior in­dus­trial de­signer at New Zealand premium ap­pli­ance com­pany Fisher & Paykel. “For some it’s dis­ap­pear­ing com­pletely into the home.” Mark El­more, Fisher & Paykel’s gen­eral man­ager of de­sign, agrees: “To­day’s kitchen is on show to guests and fam­ily alike, so aes­thet­ics mat­ter more. We’re see­ing a rise in kitchen cab­i­nets as fur­ni­ture, where the be­spoke de­tail­ing in the rest of the house is car­ried through into the kitchen. It’s be­come more of a liv­ing space, and as a re­sult many peo­ple want to sur­round them­selves with the warmth of nat­u­ral and tac­tile ma­te­ri­als like wood and stone.” Raw and or­ganic sur­faces — and in par­tic­u­lar, clever ma­te­rial and tex­ture mixes such as mar­ble with traver­tine, nat­u­ral stone, ter­ra­cotta or con­crete; gloss sur­faces with matte; translu­cent with opaque — have been on the radar at EuroCucina for some time but never so di­rec­tional as this year. Stand­outs in­clude Bel­gian de­signer Vin­cent Van Duy­sen’s Ra­tio kitchen for Molteni & C and Dada, and Piero Lis­soni’s Com­bine kitchen for Boffi.

Also ev­i­dent was the con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­ity of the seam­less kitchen, with such space-sav­ing con­cepts and hid­den fea­tures as han­dle-free, push-to-open draw­ers and cab­i­netry. Kitchen is­lands with built-in din­ing ta­bles are now a bona fide trend, as are in­te­grated ap­pli­ances, some of the most sub­lime be­ing sinks and sleek in­duc­tion cook­tops, el­e­gantly in­cor­po­rated into one long, un­bro­ken sur­face of se­duc­tive stone or mar­ble. Darker, mood­ier colours such as char­coal, sage and mid­night blue are on the rise — as are more in­dus­trial fin­ishes. Cue black steel, pati­naed metal, dark and mid-tone stone, mar­ble and tim­ber. Dark or smoky glass was also preva­lent, seen at its most sleek in Smeg’s Dolce Stil Novo col­lec­tion of ovens, which mag­i­cally trans­form from a high-gloss, jet-black sur­face when not in use, to trans­par­ent when the tem­per­a­ture heats up. (For more on high-tech trends, see ‘Pure Magic’ on page 204). Con­versely, this was also the year for max­i­mal­ist state­ments, from sculp­tural kitchen is­lands and ex­trav­a­gant light­ing to tex­tured splash­backs. And then there were the de­signer col­lab­o­ra­tions. Lux­ury fash­ion house Fendi teamed up with Scic kitchens to de­but Fendi Cucine. Smeg’s pop-tas­tic part­ner­ship with Dolce & Gab­bana con­tin­ued with fresh de­signs on key pieces in its Si­cily Is My Love range. Also new were the tangy hues of its Portofino col­lec­tion of in­dus­trial-style cook­ers. “They’re colours that de­fine our yearn­ing for pos­i­tiv­ity and play­ful­ness,” says Smeg na­tional mar­ket­ing man­ager Olivia An­der­son. “The kitchen has evolved. It’s now a very per­sonal space where peo­ple want to re­flect their own style. The days of an oven be­ing a black box with a one-size-fits-all men­tal­ity are over.” VL

OP­PO­SITE PAGE, FROM TOP LEFT 1. Kartell by Laufen Boxy soap dish, $40; Space Fur­ni­ture. 2. Miele TwoInOne cook­top with in­te­grated ex­trac­tor, $5799. 3. Alessi Spe­cial Edi­tion Dry cut­lery by Achille Castiglione, POA; alessi.com.

4. New Zealand’s land­scape in­spired Fisher & Paykel’s in­stal­la­tion at EuroCucina. 5. Hay Borosil­i­cate cups, $43 each. 6. Po­liform Phoenix kitchen, POA. 7. Smeg Si­cily Is My Love oven by Dolce & Gab­bana, POA. 8. Bosa H2O Bil­bao wa­ter jug by Pa­tri­cia Urquiola, POA; bosatrade.com. 9. Cae­sar­stone Al­tered States in­stal­la­tion by Snarki­tec­ture at Mi­lan De­sign Week. 10. Daikin air lids kitchen­ware col­lec­tion by Nendo. 11. Lim­ited-edi­tion La Cor­nue x Kongo Paris cooker, $394,798; la­cor­nue.com. 12. Gessi Happy sink mixer, $1243; Abey. 13. Bisazza Pin­stripe tiles in Pink by In­dia Mah­davi, POA; bisazza.com. 14. Boffi Com­bine kitchen by Piero Lis­soni, POA; Boffi Stu­dio Syd­ney. 15. Ilve Versa gas and in­duc­tion cook­top, $3999. De­tails, last pages.

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