Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 87



2016 is fast approaching and so are new kitchen trends. Here are 12 trends to watch for 2016, according to Houzz Australia:

1. Precious metals
Metals and metallics have been hugely popular over the past few years and it looks like our love affair with chic finishes and hues isn’t over just yet, says interior designer Anne Ellard of Anne Ellard Design. The Queensland designer predicts that warmer metallics like brass, gold and copper will continue to outshine cooler metals such as silver and stainless steel in the kitchen next year, as they “add a sophisticated warmth to a space.”

2. Vintage flavour
According to kitchen designer Darren James of Darren James Interiors, designs that blend cool, contemporary style and vintage flair will be a key look that defines 2016. This is welcomed news for renovators who aren’t fans of ultra-sleek kitchens that make a strong design statement but don’t offer a whole lot of heart or a cosy, welcoming vibe. “We often look to the past for a sense of comfort, and we are seeing this trend reflected in interiors,” says James when explaining why the look will be widely embraced next year. “In kitchen design, we are seeing a resurgence of a kitchen that is timeless, functional and reflects true ‘home’ culture.”

3. Porcelain surfaces
“If you haven’t heard of porcelain surfaces, otherwise known in the industry as sintered compact surfaces, in 2016 you surely will,” predicts kitchen designer Graeme Metcalf of Dan Kitchens, the team behind the striking industrial-style cooking zone above. “Porcelain surfaces are made of a high-density, low-porosity ceramic. It is by no means a modern material, but it is a newcomer as a surfacing material in the kitchen.”

4. Comfort is key
While some kitchen stools make a strong visual impact, they aren’t necessarily designed to be kind on your back or behind. Thankfully, James predicts that high-design style will take a backseat to comfort (though, not completely) when it comes to kitchen furniture and seating in 2016, a trend he noticed creeping in this year. Prepare to see more seating that features “soft, organic shapes and cosy fabrics, such as wool linens and organic cottons,” he says. Extra comfort will be added in the form of plush pillows and cushions, the designer adds.

5. Texture, texture, texture
“I can see more and more texture being introduced in kitchen design in 2016,” predicts Ellard. “Homeowners have loved the pared-back minimalist white kitchen style for quite a while now, and I think it will still remain popular; however, the addition of textures adds depth and interest.”

6. Neutrals and other subdued shades
After a year dominated by blues, bold, saturated colours and black, 2016 marks a return to soothing, versatile neutrals but not as we know them, says James, who designed the chic neutral kitchen pictured here. “Grey is still in, but it’s a lot warmer, creating an amazing palette of muted grey taupes,” he reveals. Meanwhile, at the other end of the neutral spectrum, browns are taking on a cooler tinge. Classic, crisp white will remain a go-to hue in the year ahead, James adds, noting that the introduction of white appliances is one factor that will ensure the colour remains in the spotlight next year.

7. Geometric motifs
“I expect to see more geometric patterns being introduced in kitchens in 2016, particularly on splashbacks,” reveals Ellard. “Geometric shapes add an interesting dimension to a space and can be adapted to suit both contemporary- and traditional-style spaces.”

8. Engineered materials that (almost) rival the real thing
If you don’t have the budget for luxe natural materials like a marble benchtop or solid timber cabinetry, don’t be too disheartened. According to Metcalf, engineered materials are better and more realistic than ever before, which is why he predicts they’ll enjoy some well-deserved time in the spotlight next year.

9. Fresh mint
Another shade that will make a splash next year is mint, according to Ellard. While you may see the fresh, soothing hue on some kitchen cabinets, she predicts the tone will be predominantly used as an accent colour, so expect to see it pop up on accessories and possibly even island feature panels and open shelves.

10. Thin benchtops
According to James, it’s time to say goodbye to thick, chunky counters, and hello to slender, barely-there benchtops. So, exactly how slim are we talking? “The thinner, the better,” says the Brisbane designer, who notes that thanks to new technology and product developments, benchtops are now available in slabs as small as 3 millimetres thick. This growing (or shrinking) trend has been building momentum over the past year and will continue to do so in 2016, explains James, partly due to the fact that kitchen designs are “[moving] toward more refined detail, allowing the texture of the products themselves to tell the story.”

11. It’s only natural
“This trend is a direct reflection of a society that wants to take a step back and slow things down,” explains James. “The more high-tech we become, the more we want to surround ourselves with textures and objects that connect us with nature. And in times of uncertainty and mistrust, we are seeking things that are authentic and real.”

12. All about timber
“Timber is certainly the hero in this natural movement,” James explains, who notes that walnut tones and blonde oaks are woods that will be trending in 2016. To give your organic-inspired scheme an earthier and more authentic feel, the Brisbane designer suggests introducing timber in its rawest form to your space – think live edge slabs, tree stump stools or pendant lights made from tree branches.


Be in trends for 2016, and enroll now! With $200/week pay as you go and 4 free bathroom design  modules ( valued at $800), this is the best offer so far. Limited time only! Only one enrollment date for this year.

Gianluca Tondi TMitalia

Gianluca Tondi

Architect, engineer, designer

“It is an important signal, which indicates that the interest in the excellent Italian artisan is now over environments related to enterprises and institutions and arrivals over the means of mass communication.

Interview with Gianluca Tondi indicates how, working from Italy, today we can meet the demand of international markets by leveraging:

– Excellence in craftsmanship


– Intense research activity (within the company and connected to the University)”

(Radio interview with Gianluca Tondi TM Italy on Radio 1.)


Hideaway kitchen with island

Manufacturer TM Italia Cucine

design by Gianluca Tondi
PETRA is a new range of kitchens. The version presented at Abitare il Tempo combines the natural b eauty of travertine and oxidized iron with minimal lines and modern domotic technology specially developed by TM Italia in cooperation with industry sector experts. The key element of the model displayed at Abitare il Tempo is the island composed of two monoliths, different in height and length, clad in travertine and oxidized iron. The Petra kitchen features wall cabinets for storage and fridge/freezer unit. Space saving drawers and shelves as well as appliances are cleverly hidden by co-planar doors clad in oxidized iron. An integrated electric motor slides the doors open and shut silently and with no effort – just by one click.

Effe4 Kitchen Modular


Covering an area of 13,000 square meters. A team of 100 carpenters working, careful and ordered masters of art they produce hand-assembled models of the Effe4 collection . The company has grown over the years, thanks to careful management discipline, humble, realistic, invested their own perspectives on people, partners, collaborators on, has created a solid structure to the men around 40 years.

The company was founded in Trebaseleghe, fruit of the efforts of four members, the same as that for 40 years, ensure the provision of company values and skills that actually the result of commitment and courage must guarantee to its customers. From them came the spirit that today is the first value that Effe4 builds its future, the spirit of cooperation, respect, and cemented availability to the roots of the production system.



A kitchen for the family, to last for long time and to touch with pleasure. City kitchen looks after You, your daily needs, supporting each necessity, cause every day will be perfect.

Dream Free

Technical features:
DREAM: MDF glossy lacquered direct brush – Thickness 19 mm. – Glossy finish – Hinges metal CLIP with pre-asembly
FREE: MDF glossy lacquered direct brush – Thickness 22 mm. – Glossy finish – Hinges metal CLIP with pre-asembly
Glass door: Aluminium frame line to “LUMINA” glass – Integrated handle in frame – Hinges metal CLIP with pre-assembly
It considers current production, if it is not specified otherwise: Handle art. 69 horizontal central position – Plinth h. 12 cm.

Carcase: Material wood shavings class E1 thickness 18 mm. – Water repellent – Border thickness 0.8 mm. – Gluing polyurethane – Melaminic finish
Finishes: White, Neutral

Shelves: Material wood shavings class E1 – Thickness 30 mm
– laminate HPL PF
– glossy lacquered PF

Plinths: Plastic material covered with melaminic papers


We create a selection of original motives, that You could use to make unique Your kitchen zone.


Wood door: Heart – wood alder – Thickness 21 mm. – FINISH MAT PAINT – Hinge clip metal pre-assembly with pre-assembly-old-fashioned brass handle.

Glass ddor: Heart – wood alder – Thickness 21 mm. – Serigraph glass with ornament or fret work panel – Hinge clip metal pre-assembly with pre-assembly-
Old-fashioned brass handle.

It considers current production, if it is not specified otherwise: Handle Art. 75 central horizontal – Plastic plinth H. cm. 12 – Serigraph glass with ornament.

Carcase: Material wood shaving Class E1 – Water-repellent – Polyurethane gluing – Thickness mm. 18 – MELAMINIC FINISH

Shelves: Material wood shaving class e1 – thickness mm. 30 – PVC border – Finished laminate HPL PF – Mat painted veneered.

Plinths: plastic coated with melamine papersor MDF shaped veneered.


Wood door:

White – Solid ash – Thickness 24 mm. – Finish white paint
Decapè – Solid ash – Thickness 24 mm. – Finish mat decapè paint


In 10 years you might find kitchens utilizing features like the Aion by Antoin Lebrun. The specialized plants were developed by the aerospace industry for their filtering and cleaning properties. They provide a renewable supply of clean water and vegetable soap. When cooking, the plants act as a filtering hood. When it’s time to clean up, simply place the dirty dishes in the sink, close the hood, and the all natural clean cycle begins.

Designer: Antoine Lebrun



things we like

jardin d’hiver series by géraldine biard helps calm dementia patients
all images courtesy of géraldine biard

jardin d'hiver series by géraldine biard helps calm dementia patients

french designer géraldine biard’s debut collection ‘jardin d’hiver’ is the result of hands on research and observation of dementia patients in switzerland. during her studies she noticed that in addition to anxiety caused by the condition, the patients’ care environments were causing stress. the line, which includes two bedside cabinets, a credenza, and a console table questions medical design conventions, and establishes contemporary standards for healthcare furnishings.

sculpted mountain range


in order to create a better environment for patients, biard engages users’ senses — sight, smell, touch. each piece is integrated with an aroma diffuser and programmed light therapy lamp, which can be utilized day and night to alleviate anxiety and various sleep disturbances associated with dementia. all ‘jardin d’hiver’ works are composed of wood, copper, and corian®; the latter being chosen for its translucent materiality.

jardin d'hiver series gerladine biard designboom
back door access to diffusor and lamp


‘jardin d’hiver’ evokes a snow covered landscape, as if seen through the frame of a distant window. aromatherapy emanates from the peak of a sculpted mountain, and light therapy comes from behind a diffusing graphic scenery. the series is meant to help patients escape their daily realities, and hopefully give them some comfort as well. ‘jardin d’hiver’ is being presented at designjunction, september 24-27th as part of london design festival 2015.

copper handle

engraved logo of géraldine biard

diffused landscape visible through corian®

jardin d'hiver series gerladine biard designboom
at night, the diffused light helps relax and comfort patients

bedside cabinet, teak edition

bedside cabinet, drawer detail

console table and credenza

jardin d'hiver series gerladine biard designboom
biard’s design highlights the identity of each material


the cut by alessandro isola is a reconfigurable kitchen with sliding units
all images courtesy of alessandro isola

the cut by alessandro isola is a reconfigurable kitchen with sliding units


‘the cut’ is a kitchen prototype designed by london-based architect alessandro isola and produced by record e’ cucine.presented during milan design week 2014, the unit can be re-configured into different set-ups, enabling a level of flexibility for its users. the interactive space is formed using a parallelepiped that is sliced into two parts, which then rotate and fix into the desired position. a line through the main block creates a slot for the table, letting its surface slide out horizontally and swivel around.


‘the cut recognises the kitchen as a practical yet central space, a place to grab-and-go, congregate and chat, to relax and dine. it’s designed to understand that each of these occasions present themselves daily in our modern lives.’ says alessandro isola.


the kitchen unit can be re-configured into different set-ups


the two blocks contain storage spaces and the cuts are accentuated by different materials, creating contrast between outer and inner skin when revealed. a sequence of rhythmic profiles with inset LEDs form a changing configuration as the units gently slide down from the framework. reminiscent of dancing piano keys, the ceiling system accentuates the kitchen’s ability to play different tunes depending on use, mood and audience.

a cut in the central block enables a table surface to slide out horizontally


the table extended out from the unit


vertical sliding units


general view of the flexible kitchen


(left) back wall closed
(right) back wall opened



That is blue, very blue!


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