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