Think prac­ti­cal and func­tional but still pleas­ing to the eye…

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PRAC­TI­CAL, wel­com­ing kitchen de­signs which touch on 2017’s style trends will guide the four lo­cal spe­cial­ists in this year’s Decorex Joburg Franke Kitchen De­sign Project (Au­gust 9-13).

Themed Sim­plic­ity in De­sign, each of the kitchen in­stal­la­tions will show­case a range of Franke SA’s lead­ing kitchen appliances with the over­all assess­ment of the fi­nal piece per­formed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Franke SA.

The kitchen de­signs will be cri­tiqued on a num­ber of el­e­ments in­clud­ing over­all ap­peal, util­i­sa­tion of space, kitchen flow, user-friend­li­ness and qual­ity of ma­te­ri­als used.

Once the fi­nal de­ci­sion has been made, the win­ner will be awarded R10 000 worth of Franke SA prod­ucts as well as in­valu­able on­go­ing sup­port fol­low­ing the event.

This year will see Eurofit Kitchens and Cup­boards, Unique Kitchens, Micah Kitchens, and Univer­sal Kitchens and Gran­ite bring­ing their in­di­vid­ual style to the in­stal­la­tion.

Ca­rina Sz­abo, re­spon­si­ble for sales and mar­ket­ing at Eurofit, said these el­e­ments, along with Euro­pean in­flu­ences and a hint of South African style, would be ev­i­dent at the ex­hi­bi­tion this year.

Touch­ing on some of the pre­vail­ing trends work­ing their way through the kitchen world, Ludi Sz­abo, direc­tor of Eurofit Kitchens and Cup­boards said: “From a colour and fin­ish point of view, matt and satin fin­ishes are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, par­tic­u­larly in hues of greys and whites. The softer shades of colour re­main pop­u­lar, matched with wood grain fin­ishes.”

He said that in terms of style, the in­dus­trial kitchen was this sea­son’s trend. “Blended with stain­less steel and con­crete fin­ishes, this min­i­mal­ist look is both prac­ti­cal and func­tional yet aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing.”

As first-time par­tic­i­pants in the Franke Kitchen De­sign Project, Micah Kitchens will show­case ex­actly why the kitchen is the heart of the home.

“This is where fam­i­lies get to­gether, where mem­o­ries are made,” ex­plained Matthew Dodd, Micah Kitchens’ gen­eral man­ager. “It’s more than just a space to pre­pare a meal. The kitchen is no longer tucked away in its own sep­a­rate room of the house, it has now be­come an ex­ten­sion of the liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas.”

He said the ur­ban loft feel was be­ing rein­vented to suit the more prac­ti­cal needs of home­own­ers, in­cor­po­rat­ing key el­e­ments such as steel beams, bare-brick walls, re­claimed light­ing, com­bined with touches of cop­per or gold to cre­ate a prac­ti­cal cook­ing space.

“Un­pol­ished con­crete is also com­ing through, whether used as a floor­ing ma­te­rial, counter top sur­face or even a splash back. You now also have an abun­dance of choices when it comes to choos­ing a prac­ti­cal work­top for your kitchen, with 2017 opt­ing for a sleeker, more stream­lined quartz sur­face, as op­posed to the heavy look­ing gran­ite sur­faces of yes­ter­year.”

Not giv­ing too much away for their up­com­ing in­stal­la­tion, Louis Kies of the Univer­sal Kitchens sales team said they would be set­ting trends for the up­com­ing year with in­no­va­tive ideas, how­ever, he did em­pha­sise the kitchen’s im­por­tance.

“The old say­ing that the kitchen is the heart of the home still rings so true,” he said.

“A gath­er­ing place for fam­ily and friends needs to fit in per­fectly with your needs and per­son­al­ity. More wak­ing hours are spent in the kitchen than any other room so it should be your favourite room in the home.”

Com­ment­ing on some cur­rent pref­er­ences, Kies said the two-tone, high-gloss, han­dle-less kitchens were very favourable, although new trends were lean­ing to­wards the in­dus­trial and min­i­mal­ist look.

Gloss and wood grain com­bi­na­tions have also been fea­tur­ing as well as thin, 12mm tops or large 60mm build ups re­plac­ing the reg­u­lar 20-30mm work­tops.

Eurofit Kitchens and Cup­boards

Unique Kitchens

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