A ‘open’ kitchen in dialogue with the rest of the house, and especially with the living area, becoming its natural extension. A technological and functional environment, but of great aesthetic impact. A single space ready to be personalized with an infinite range of materials and finishes.
These are the particular features of Eurocucina, the international kitchen furniture fair that returned to the Salone del Mobile in Milan last month. With a particular eye on sustainability and energy efficiency, over 80 companies on hand at Rho Milano Fiera presented an idea of the kitchen that is increasingly fluid and connected inside our homes.
Here are the most interesting projects (in our view):
1. Mondial, SIEMATIC (cover)
The password is: personalize. With the new Mondial line, the German company SieMatic has decided to offer clients a wide choice of styles, materials, colors and combinations to create ‘customized’ luxury kitchens that establish a perfect dialogue with surrounding spaces. Fine materials, pure lines, absence of ornamentation, optical games of light and shadow, to create unique settings with which to identify. “Through a new design language that combines the opulence of expressive materials with the simplicity of refined lines, we are proud to provide an inspiring vision on the future of SieMatic,” said the firm’s creative director André Backemeier.
2. Jeometrica, Scavolini
Jeometrica has been designed by Luca Nichetto for Scavolini, and as the name suggests it is a new system of furnishings that makes graphic lines and shapes become its distinctive features. The project is organized in solutions for the kitchen, the living area and the bathroom, where aluminium profiles in three different colors (white, anthracite and titanium) and material juxtapositions of great impact – lacquers, veneers, glass – generate sophisticated and original details. The handles stand out, with a curve of tubing on the surfaces of the doors: a functional solution that enhances the décor, adding identity and dynamism.
3. HD23, ROSSANA
Design, material, content. The new Rossana kitchens – HD23, ISØLA and HT50 – stand out more than ever for their harmony of functional quality and minimal aesthetics. Thanks to skillful application of materials (wood, stone, metal), surfaces and colors, the art director of the Colombini Group brand Simona Tagliaferri brings out the ergonomic and functional excellence of the models, but also their aesthetic energy. Signs and grain, full and empty zones, enhanced by light, for a harmonious sense of beauty in all spaces.
4. Puro Marazzi Antibacterial The Top, MARAZZI
In this special project presented by the leader in the field of ceramics and stoneware, the Puro Marazzi Antibacterial technology has been applied for the first time to kitchen counters and tables. Puro Marazzi Antibacterial The Top is able to eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria and microbes from surfaces, thanks to a silver ion treatment inserted in the production process. The antibacterial protection lasts over time and does not damage the beauty of the surfaces. “The Puro Marazzi Antibacterial technology, applied for the first time to slabs for kitchen worktops, represents an attractive and useful innovation, adding even greater safety to the use of porcelain stoneware,” says the CEO of the group, Mauro Vandini.
6. Small Living Kitchens, Falper
Small, sociable, prestigious: the (new) Small Living Kitchens™ designed by Andrea Federici for Falper. Thanks to a few furnishings – islands, sideboards and columns – that can all be positioned in space in a ‘simple’ way, without custom solutions, it becomes possible to create infinite compositions starting from an area of just 2.5 sqm. “This is a completely new system conceived to insert kitchens in prestigious but small apartments,” says Falper CEO Luca Fallavena.
6. Sign, Ernestomeda
Sign, the new kitchen model created by the architect and art director of Ernestomeda Giuseppe Bavuso, is immediately striking for its idea of an open space completely merged with other rooms in the home, becoming a fulcrum of socializing together with the living area. offering about 200 different options for finishes and materials – from the most essential, like matte lacquers, to the most refined, like metallized glass – Sign is a model with a great talent for personalization. The upper part of the hanging cabinets is equipped with display cases and paneling, where every element can take on a decorative role.
7. Tivalì, Dada
Tivalì, the kitchen by Dada designed by Dante Bonuccelli in 2004, forerunner of the concept “Everything in a Small Space,” has been reinterpreted by the Canadian studio Yabu Pushelberg, specialized in interior design. The basic idea has been to arrange the kitchen in a linear space, from 2.4 to 3.0 meters, where the theatrical aspects prevail, and the action of cooking is comparable to a performance by an actor on a stage. The ‘curtain’ opens thanks to two large sliding/folding doors (available in various finishes, as well as three different heights and two widths), which ‘shut away’ the stage when they are closed
8. Combine Evolution, Boffi
The Combine monoblock kitchen system, a design cult at this point, has been enhanced by new and even more functional solutions – such as the addition of drawers in the base of the island and smooth tops that make it possible to directly place the Tabula snack bar on the worktop – and becomes Combine Evolution. The project, again designed by Piero Lissoni for Boffi, was the winner of the 27th Compasso d’Oro ADI award, with an honorable mention for importance and superior quality of the product on the design scene.
9. Convivium, Arclinea
The ‘historic’ Convivium concept designed in 2002 for Arclinea by Antonio Citterio is a versatile universe in which every new product fits with and enhances its predecessors. In the latest reinterpretation presented at the Salone del Mobile 2022, for example, the exclusive workmanship of the Lignum et Lapis door is boosted by a new built-in handle, while the interiors of the showcases are outfitted with wooden accessories. The basic values of the brand, however, do not change, where technology, design and tools establish a dialogue with the extraordinary character of everyday life, represented here by a decorative effect based on Italian grain.