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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
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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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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
NZ Homes Show Less Means More
Kiwi houses aren’t just about timber and stepping lightly – here are a few examples of how NZ does beautiful minimalism too
Daniel Marshall does a very nice line in crisp, beautifully detailed houses, sometimes on spectacular sites and sometimes in nicely treed suburbs. Like Elmstone, the house he designed in Remuera, which took the essence of a house and reduced it down to a few spare details – concrete and glass and steel, an assemblage of materials that lets each speak beautifully. Seen here is the front facade on the driveway side, which sets up your expectations that this house is not the usual.
In Ponsonby, meanwhile, WHAT Architecture designed a sleek contemporary house to replace a decrepit old wooden house on a heritage street. After being held up for years by the resource consent process – neighbours objected vociferously to both the demolition and the building of a sleek, modern house on their street – the architects finally convinced planning commissioners of the merits of the plan.In the bedroom, the window cleverly wraps around the corner of the house, making the bedroom feel like it’s floating in the trees.
Here’s another Daniel Marshall, this time on a truly spectacular site on Waiheke. The house sinews along with its back to the hill. It’s less concretey than Elmstone, yet it has the same hallmarks of a few materials used in direct, clear ways.
On the Mahia Peninsula – between Napier and Gisborne on the East Coast – Julian Guthriedesigned this pared-back holiday home right above a winsome stretch of white-sand beach. With a view like that, doing anything more than simple would be pointless: the materials palette is limited to concrete, timber and steel, as you can see here in the kitchen.
Chris Tate is an architectural designer who made his name recently with the Tent House – a house on Waiheke Island that is an interpretation of a tent, writ large in wood, glass and steel. With the Fire Pit House, he designed a concrete-and-steel house in which the outdoor terrace is a direct extension of the living room, with nothing to identify that you are now outdoors. Sliding doors peel right back, while the inside is as spare as the outside – concrete, white ceilings, steel staircase.
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
(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