ON THE GRID

Strong, struc­tured lines are set to own the min­i­mal­ist kitchen scene

Living Etc - - KITCHEN TRENDS -

Crit­tall con­verts will fall for this dy­namic ap­proach to fine frame­work as it moves from ar­chi­tec­ture to kitchen fit­tings. We’re see­ing it in two equally crisp guises: first, used for grid-like shelv­ing, of­ten sus­pended from the ceil­ing for max­i­mum im­pact, or cuboid, cub­bystyle stor­age in lieu of wall units. The sec­ond sce­nario takes a softer im­print for­mat within ver­ti­cal sur­faces such as doors and splash­backs. A mod­ern take on mar­quetry, rib­bons of con­trast­ing ma­te­ri­als are re­cessed in geo­met­ric pat­terns that flow across cabi­net doors with strik­ing ef­fect.

At Mi­lan’s lat­est Eurocucina ex­hi­bi­tion, Scavolini’s UK branch man­ager Vit­to­rio Naldi spot­ted a host of smart so­lu­tions. ‘There was a huge trend for mul­ti­func­tional grid struc­tures – par­tic­u­larly sus­pended over out­sized is­lands,’ he says. ‘The best ver­sions dis­played var­i­ous stor­age pro­vi­sions, from hy­dro­ponic herb gar­dens and dish drain­ers to ex­trac­tor units and uten­sil rails. Cru­cially, the open space be­tween the frame­work al­lows light to flow through, so the trend needn’t feel op­pres­sive.’

Scavolini’s Mia kitchen in dark steel lac­quer, from £15,000, de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Miche­lin­starred chef Carlo Cracco

This is Sch­midt’s Loft kitchen in Ca­neo and Madras, with neo-in­dus­trial open me­tal shelv­ing, from £10,000

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