Ex­plore new ways to cook and en­ter­tain, in­spired by kitchen trends spot­ted at Eurocucina and Mi­lan De­sign Week

Singapore Tatler Homes - - JUN/JUL 2018 -

Trends to watch and culi­nary spa­ces that in­spire, as seen at Mi­lan De­sign Week

MOD­ERN IN­FLU­ENCE NEXT125 El­e­gant and er­gonomic, the chic culi­nary spa­ces by Ger­man brand Next125 pair its Bauhaus and Cu­bist in­flu­ence with a con­tem­po­rary range of shades and sur­faces. Colours pre­sented at Eurocucina this year in­clude the sleek onyx black, a bold ruby red, and a warm mocha brown; these are paired with tex­tures of wood­grain for a rus­tic touch. Top picks in­clude a ce­ramic front in a fin­ish that echoes the ap­pear­ance of Gri­gio mar­ble, and fit­ted with sleek, han­dle-less cab­i­netry units in dark onyx. Op­tional gar­den pan­els help en­liven the culi­nary space—it fea­tures in­te­grated light­ing suit­able for darker spa­ces, where you could grow your very own col­lec­tion of fresh herbs. Avail­able at W. Ate­lier; wa­te­

DIS­AP­PEAR­ING ACT GAGGE­NAU Gagge­nau’s new Vario cool­ing 400 se­ries is in line with the grow­ing trend for kitchens that match seam­lessly with the liv­ing ar­eas of a home. The in­te­grated range of fridges, freez­ers and wine cab­i­nets look good while keep­ing your food fresh and, more im­por­tantly, your wine at just the right tem­per­a­ture. The brand took in­spi­ra­tion from ar­chi­tec­tural struc­tures and cre­ated a stream­lined cool­ing sys­tem that will blend into the kitchen. A key vis­ual as­pect is the ab­sence of any un­sightly door han­dles, while the light and touch keys of the fridge’s ice and wa­ter dis­penser light up only when you are in prox­im­ity. And for the things in the kitchen that you want on dis­play— the wine cab­i­net comes with five pre-set light­ing op­tions to show­case your wine col­lec­tion in the best light. gagge­

PURE FORMS SIEMATIC Mak­ing its de­but at its Mi­lan flag­ship show­room dur­ing Eurocucina, Siematic’s Pure col­lec­tion ups the ap­peal of the min­i­mal­ist kitchen. This new col­lec­tion is char­ac­terised by its sleek look and dis­tinc­tive use of mir­rored sur­faces, while fea­tur­ing an im­proved grip for its re­cessed ar­eas. Bronze tinted glass pan­els and fil­i­gree alu­minium pro­files add to the clean lines of the culi­nary space, while in­di­vid­u­ally con­trolled LED light­ing makes its glass cab­i­netry akin to a jew­ellery box; each cab­i­net be­comes an op­por­tu­nity to show­case trea­sured culi­nary tools while high­light­ing its wood ve­neer in­te­rior when the back­light is switched on. As a fin­ish­ing touch, a spe­cial coat­ing min­imises the ap­pear­ance of fin­ger­prints on its sur­faces. Avail­able at W. Ate­lier; wa­te­

LEAD­ING THE CHARGE LG Kitchens should im­press at first glance but more im­por­tantly, it should func­tion well and with­stand daily use. As such, one needs the right com­bi­na­tion of an er­gonomic lay­out, en­dur­ing ma­te­ri­als and high-qual­ity fixtures to have a space that truly mar­ries form and func­tion. The Sig­na­ture Kitchen Suite by LG would def­i­nitely an­swer the need for the lat­ter. The ap­pli­ance maker’s new­est line of pre­mium prod­ucts in­cludes a han­dle-less oven and an in­duc­tion cook­top with a seven-inch LCD panel—both of which are equipped with Wi-fi con­nec­tiv­ity and Smart­thinq, a plat­form that al­lows one to con­trol the ap­pli­ances re­motely. Pre­sent­ing the lat­est innovations in el­e­gant set­tings, LG show­cased ways of seam­lessly in­te­grat­ing tech­nol­ogy into the kitchen space—a must for any mod­ern home.


TA­PES­TRY OF STYLE MOLTENI&C | DADA The dual-role that to­day’s kitchen plays— func­tion­ing as prac­ti­cal places to cook and cre­ate as well as en­joy­able spa­ces to in­dulge and en­ter­tain—was cer­tainly in the mind of ar­chi­tect Vin­cent Van Duysen when he cre­ated Ra­tio, his lat­est kitchen de­sign for Motleni&c | Dada. Mar­ry­ing a sleek, ar­chi­tec­tural ap­proach with sump­tu­ous dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments, the brand’s cre­ative di­rec­tor crafted a mod­u­lar kitchen so­lu­tion that com­bines warm woods, nat­u­ral stones, and metal­lic grids re­sult­ing in an un­con­ven­tional in­ter­play of ma­te­rial and shape. The idea of al­low­ing var­i­ous com­po­si­tions while still re­tain­ing an over­all stream­lined look cre­ates a space that sparks cre­ativ­ity and in­spires home­own­ers to en­joy qual­ity time. Avail­able at P5;

SKY’S THE LIMIT V-ZUG Draw­ing spec­tac­u­lar par­al­lels be­tween de­sign, science and tech­nol­ogy, V-zug un­furled The Art of In­no­va­tion, an im­mer­sive ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing de­vel­op­ments in the Swiss man­u­fac­turer’s line of kitchen and laun­dry ap­pli­ances. Held at the Leonardo da Vinci Na­tional Mu­seum of Science and Tech­nol­ogy in Mi­lan, the event high­lighted the brand’s evo­lu­tion of cre­ative home so­lu­tions, with the new Fullflex hob tak­ing cen­tre stage in a dra­matic au­di­to­rium framed by Da Vinci’s art­works. In this lat­est it­er­a­tion of the in­duc­tion hob, the de­vice does away with pre­scribed cook­ing zones to of­fer—as the name sug­gests—full flex­i­bil­ity, thanks to state-of-the-art con­duc­tors that de­tect the lo­ca­tion and size of your pans au­to­mat­i­cally. The art is in the de­tails: glass ce­ramic plate, full-colour graphic dis­play and con­cealed sil­i­cone strips make this one of the sleek­est kitchen ap­pli­ances on the mar­ket.


NEW SOURCE MIELE With its Di­a­log oven, the re­sult of seven years of re­search and de­vel­op­ment, Miele in­tro­duced a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new way to cook, an ad­vance it likened to the in­tro­duc­tion of the mi­crowave to con­sumers. The Di­a­log oven has two sources of heat-gen­er­at­ing elec­tro­mag­netic waves that also de­tect how much of the waves’ power has been ab­sorbed by the food, so the oven knows when the food is cooked to per­fec­tion. One of the demon­stra­tions in­volved cuts of steak placed along­side veg­eta­bles and po­lenta pat­ties, and all cooked at the same heat set­ting for the same length of time—with­out any of the items be­ing over­cooked or un­der­cooked. With the in­tel­li­gent cook­ing method of the Di­a­log oven, the dif­fer­ent types of food only ab­sorb as much en­ergy as they need to be cooked per­fectly. In its “di­a­logue” with the food, the oven also man­ages to cook it in a shorter time as well. And be­cause cook­ing with elec­tro­mag­netic waves means meat won’t brown and bread won’t de­velop a crust, the Di­a­log oven also pro­vides tra­di­tional ra­di­ant heat to give food that ap­petis­ing seared fin­ish.

IS­LAND LIV­ING BULTHAUP Bulthaup took up a for­mer church build­ing and a land­mark in Br­era—the Chiesa di San Car­po­foro— for its show­case, fill­ing the vast space with in­ter­ac­tive sta­tions for peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence its new de­signs through plenty of food and drinks. This in­cluded the “b3 is­land”, which trans­forms the is­land area in a kitchen into a more func­tional space, so the per­son cook­ing can in­ter­act more with fam­ily mem­bers and guests. The b3 is­land fea­tures pan­els that slide to re­veal stor­age ar­eas for uten­sils, spices and more. The pan­els can also be used as counter space and chop­ping boards, and can slide right up to the sink at the end of the is­land. Avail­able at The Madi­son Group; the­madis­

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