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Eurocucina Milan apr 12

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Eurocucina Milan apr 12

This year’s Eurocucina show in Milan was well worth the time out of the office. We had the opportunity to take a close look at the range and quality of kitchen furniture on the market today and it also gain inspiration from the latest innovations and design trends.

This year’s Eurocucina show in Milan was well worth the time out of the office. We had the opportunity to take a close look at the range and quality of kitchen furniture on the market today and it also gain inspiration from the latest innovations and design trends.

The biggest impact was the trend towards organic tones that has been creeping in… lots of natural woods, adding that “individual” touch to every kitchen. Alongside these new organic notes, was the use of earthy colours – muted greys and concrete, for example. Use of vibrant colours was reduced to a minimum.

Perhaps less organic, but nevertheless full of texture, laminates in wood-grain effect were a strong component of much of the furniture. Mostly in smoked or darker colours, these often contributed to a rich layering of textures, creating intimate and welcoming environments.

Classic white was still in abundance, of course, maintaining the sleek contemporary feel and allowing designers the option to add their own finishing accents in wood, concrete and a variety of metals, to lift the kitchens out of the ordinary.

It was very clear that the focus on the kitchen as a kitchen-cum-living space is well on the way. There was an abundance of open shelving, both at base level and high level, and the incorporation of seating arrangements was a theme repeated throughout the kitchens on display. In particular, the SieMatic BeauxArts display showed that SieMatic has succeeded in a very special way in finding an unconventional way in staging the classic kitchen.