Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 104



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Material World: 7 Trends in Kitchen Materials From EuroCucina

Take inspiration from this year’s kitchen design fair in Milan, and the on-trend materials on show there

Sophie Baylis 3 June 2016

Houzz UK Contributor: Deputy Editor of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms Magazine …More


The look, the feel and even the functionality of your kitchen is very much dictated by the materials used. At Milan-based kitchen show EuroCucina 2016, these ran the gamut from woods to coloured lacquers; metals to marble.

The collective raison d’être was to give the kitchen clout, thus materials were mixed together to create memorable collections designed to turn heads. Very often, the charm was in the contrast: consider luxurious marble offset by stainless steel, or metallics bringing a bold new magnetism to wood.

Read on for seven trends spotted at this year’s show and see how you can use them in your home.

  1. Warming with wood

At EuroCucina this year, designers were getting back to nature with wood, which resulted in a cornucopia of kitchens that radiated warmth and energy. All the usual suspects were on show, from honey-coloured timbers to dramatic dark woods, most commonly subscribing to the Japanese thinking of wabi-sabi, whereby knots, cracks and all other marks made by the passing of time or the weather are cause for celebration.

A couple of favourites were Boffi’s Code kitchen by Piero Lissoni and Toncelli’s Essence kitchen, both cutting a dash in 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.


Boffi’s Code kitchen by Piero Lissoni

Toncelli’s Essence kitchen


  1. Making more of metallics
    We’ve come to expect metallics all over the home, and the kitchen is no exception. If EuroCucina is anything to go by, there will be plenty of opportunities to shine in the future. There wasn’t a singular directive on which metallics should be used in the kitchen – they all qualify.Some designers merely flirted with metallics: Ramón Esteve dabbled with an elegant bronze finish for his Saffron kitchen for Gamadecor, while TM Italia worked rose copper handles, sled feet and taps into its stunning Miuccia kitchen. Elsewhere, other manufacturers were less subtle. Rossana’s JW16 kitchen was made almost entirely of polished brass.

Ramón Esteve, Saffron kitchen for Gamadecor


Miuccia kitchen by TM italia

Rosanna JW16

  1. Cooking inside and out
    Once upon a time, the kitchen belonged inside the house, but as the trend for merging indoor and outdoor spaces gathers momentum – driven by shrinking living spaces and the need to maximise every spare centimetre – the back garden has become a room in its own right.Commonly an extension of the living or dining room, more ambitious patio projects incorporate a kitchen area, which means when eating alfresco, you don’t have to dash in and out the house. Choice of materials makes this possible. 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.

Rosanna K-in/K-out

  1. Feeling the heat
    Materials make it possible for designers to push the envelope in terms of looks and functionality in the kitchen. Take the invisible stovetop, whereby induction burners are located below the benchtop, with only the control panel on show. The upshot is a seamless, uninterrupted surface made possible by materials such as TPB Tech, a porcelain-ceramic surface able to withstand temperatures of up to 180ºC and on show at several stands at EuroCucina.Italian manufacturer Boffi exhibited similar thinking. They worked with the solid surface material Dekton (pictured) to demonstrate the concept of the hidden hob in their Code kitchen by Piero Lissoni.
  1. Mixing up marble
    Given that opposites attract, it makes sense that marble strikes a cool counterbalance to the natural charms of wood. Marble and stainless steel are a good match too. Together, they strike the delicate balance between industrial and elegant.There were plenty of excellent examples at EuroCucina: marble teamed with knotty woods was spotted at Ernestomeda, while marble mixed with stainless steel turned heads at ILVE. The message is clear: marble is fashionably forward when offset with other materials.

Ernestomeda K Lab

  1. Steeling the spotlight
    Stainless steel has evolved from an accent material into a major player in the domestic kitchen, heavily influenced by professional set-ups, where stainless steel is appreciated for its robust and hygienic properties.No longer restricted to appliances, stainless steel benchtops, cabinet doors and drawers have captured the collective imagination. Be warned, however, that it scratches relatively easily, although this often adds to its appeal.Valcucine was a proponent of the semi-professional look with its Gourmet System, featuring stainless-steel tops and open storage.



  1. Colouring the kitchen
    We don’t all like to go au naturel in the kitchen. Some of us prefer a dash of colour provided by lacquered finishes applied to wood and wood veneer doors to create a protective finish. At EuroCucina, Vincent Van Duysen selected a gorgeous green colour for his VVD design for Dada. Elsewhere, TM Italia wowed the crowds with its midnight blue Miuccia kitchen.

VVD design for Dada

Piano hood

Extraction / cooking: the perfect combination by Falmec.

With Falmec‘s new Piano hood, vapours are diverted downwards and drawn in directly from the vents located near the hob.
This new model perfectly combines design, functionality and innovation. Indeed, suction directly from the hob allows for complete freedom in terms of design. It is the ideal choice to exploit the island hob or when is not possible to install a ceiling hood. It is also ideal for wall-mounted solutions to make the most of the cabinets and especially when the room is small and kitchen layout has to be design as best as possible.

Two Piano versions are available: the first with central extractor element, the second with two elements placed on the hob sides. This model offers maximum flexibility in terms of installation. Ducting system allows to install Piano on all kitchen solutions.

The hood’s extractor elements have a detailed design and finishes to be perfectly combined with Falmec’s new hobs. Thanks to Dialogue System option, the new hobs can control the hood functions with their touch control panel.
However, the Piano hood can be used with any induction hob.

Piano is made with stainless steel AISI 304, easy to clean and extremely resistant to corrosion. A touch-screen control is present and adjustable fins for vapours suction and it is suitable for surface or flush mounting.


Wall-mounted glass and steel cooker hood



Glass cooker hood with bipolar controlled ionization

Manufacturer Falmec

E.ion System Collection
E.ion is the new collection of Falmec. Thanks to the bipolar controlled ionization these cookerhoods will not only eliminate the odors but will sanitize the air at home. A real revolution for a kitchen, simply better place to live.Rubik E.ion – White or Black painted Glass. E.ion® technology for air purification. Perimeter suction with tempered glass. LED lighting. Top filter, removable and washable. Touch control + leaf sensor. Combined and regenerable Carbon. Zeo filter.
Slide-out stainless steel downdraft DOWN DRAFT - Falmec


Slide-out stainless steel downdraft

Manufacturer Falmec

Design+ Collection
Down Draft – Scotch brite stainless steel (AISI 304). LED lighting. Tempered black or white glass, or steel upper panel. Perimeter suction. Metallic filters, removable and washable. Touch control + 24h function. Optional remote control.

Kiwi houses aren’t just about timber and stepping lightly – here are a few examples of how NZ does beautiful minimalism too

Houzz New Zealand Editorial Staff. I’ve been writing about architecture and design…More
New Zealand architecture has a tendency towards a warm, wooden sort of modernism: mid-century architects of the 1950s and 1960s were heavily influenced by architects in Japan and Scandinavia, interpreting these styles through such humble vernacular structures as the bach (beach house), the shed and the whare, or traditional Maori house.In recent years – after some experiments with post-modernism – this mid-century modernism has proven a source of inspiration for many architects. But architecture comes in all flavours – life would be boring if it didn’t. New Zealand architecture isn’t all plywood and concrete where you can see the formwork. This little country is as good at crisp, minimal houses as anyone – as these very fine examples show.



things we like

jongha choi’s de-dimension projects brings 2D images to 3D functional objects

jongha choi's de-dimension projects brings 2D images to 3D functional objects

may 17, 2016

jongha choi’s de-dimension projects brings 2D images to 3D functional objects
(above) the ‘de-dimension’ chair and stool collection hanging on the wall
all images courtesy of jongha choi

eindhoven-based designer jongha choi has created a collection of benches and stools called ‘de-dimension’ that can transform from a flat, two-dimensional view, to a three-dimension functional object. the project itself inquiries on the history of images and how this one has been aligned with the history of human race, having the later one being understood and depicted in various forms. nowadays, owing to scientific technology, images are developing in different forms, from photography, film, and even further towards virtual reality. even the advent of 3D printing skills shakes our fundamental notion of it. unlike the past, we are not only seeing the image as a means of reproducing objects but also giving essential identity to the image itself.


video courtesy of jongha




in other words, though the image still shows its visual effect on a flat plane, it is not just an expression of representation, but rather making an experience real. in our current situation in which modern society experiences the image, in relation to advertising, image circulation and the internet, why do we not question an images’ confinement to a flat surface? why don’t we try to get more stereoscopic and attempt for direct experiences with the image?

the collection in its flat version

the stools and benches are transformed easily into seating objects

the chairs in it’s three-dimensional form

folding the stools back

white bench and black stool

yellow and mint green stools





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