Wood – from honey-coloured timbers to dramatic dark woods – was big news at EuroCucina, with designers subscribing to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, in which imperfections in the wood are celebrated. Among the excellent examples we saw was Boffi’s Code kitchen by Piero Lissoni, and Toncelli’s Essence kitchen, both crafted from fossil oak. The success of both is rooted in the juxtaposition between a material that dates back hundreds of years and the contemporary cut of the design.
Metallics were back on duty at EuroCucina too, used lightly by some and liberally by others. Ramón Esteve dabbled with an elegant bronze finish for his Saffron kitchen for Gamadecor, and TM Italia worked rose copper handles, sled feet and taps into its stunning Miuccia kitchen. Rossana, on the other hand, did not hold back: its JW16 kitchen is made almost entirely in polished brass.
Stainless steel was also back by popular demand, continuing the trend for an industrial vibe in the kitchen. Italian brand Abimis works with nothing else, while Valcucine’s Gourmet System featured stainless steel tops and open storage.
Materials make it possible for designers to push the boundaries of looks and functionality in the kitchen. An excellent instance is the invisible hob. To explain: induction burners are located below the worktop with only the control panel on show. This gives a seamless surface made possible by materials such as TPB Tech, a porcelain-ceramic surface able to withstand temperatures up to 180 degrees.
Advances in materials have also flung open the door to increasingly stylish garden kitchens. Rossana’s K-In/K-Out kitchen, for example, is made out of steel and covered in thin stone cladding, making it suitable for inside and out. Conceived as a single block and raised off the floor by an asymmetric pedestal in burnished steel, K-In/K-Out features a pair of sliding tops that extend both laterally and longitudinally to create additional prep surfaces. One reveals the sink and the other reveals the hob.
Colour wasn’t widespread at EuroCucina but when used, it was used with aplomb. TM Italia’s eye-catching Miuccia kitchen was presented in a sultry midnight blue, while Vincent Van Duysen’s update of Dada’s best-selling Hi-Line VVD kitchen was presented in a dashing Baltic green lacquered finish.