MILAN UPDATE: Creative Design Collaborations, Clever Storage Solutions Inspire Attendees

VIEW GALLERY KBDN Staff, Ashley Lapin Olian, 2016 While Salone del Mobile Milano featured an abundance of products, several consistent trends were in evidence as we worked our way through EuroCucina on day three of the show. Among the hottest trends we saw were creative design collaborations (resulting in some unique and eye-catching new...

While Salone del Mobile Milano featured an abundance of products, several consistent trends were in evidence as we worked our way through EuroCucina on day three of the show. Among the hottest trends we saw were creative design collaborations (resulting in some unique and eye-catching new products!), clever storage solutions for tight spaces, multifunctional products and integrated kitchens that function as true “living spaces.”

Our first stop of the day was at the Scavolini booth. The company is known for collaborating with international designers, including a partnership with Giugiaro Design, the manufacturer of the luxury Ferrari automobile. The company’s Flux Swing cabinet collection was a result of this collaboration, with the cabinets featuring seven coats of lacquer and 50 color choices in a glossy or matte finish. Flux Swing also has curved edges, similar to car doors, which result in a sleek and contemporary look with clean lines and a luxury feel reminiscent of the Ferrari.

The company also featured its Ki cabinet collection, designed in collaboration with the Japanese firm Nendo. The collection boasts a simple, “Zen” aesthetic and the option of integrated LED lighting underneath the doors that lights up automatically when the doors are opened. The drawers have no handles and the pantry was made to look like a closet, fully integrating into the rest of the cabinetry. Daniele Busca, creative director and store manager at Scavolini USA, believes this integrated storage trend will translate well to the U.S. market, so keep this in mind as you design some of those tighter spaces!

Another collaboration on display was the Diesel Open Workshop line, created in conjunction with the Diesel clothing brand. The fashion-forward collection offers an open workshop kitchen that has a new bookshelf system with integrated pipes. A stylish touch is seen in the aluminum finish on glass cabinets, which feature an integrated handle.

Finally, the company’s Fluida living room system was on display, part of the Living Motus Collection designed in conjunction with Vittore Niolu. This can be used to separate the kitchen from the living room while providing much-needed storage in a modern style. Could this design concept translate to U.S. designers looking to provide more storage in the open-plan layouts so common in the U.S.? Certainly, American designers can find a few storage ideas by looking at some of the European products created with smaller spaces in mind.

Notable in the Scavolini displays was the idea that the kitchen is becoming more of a “social” room, and as such, should be designed to have more of a living room feel. A variety of clever storage solutions were in evidence, along with the clean, contemporary designs and integrated appliances that are seeing increased interest in the U.S. as well as abroad.

Our next stop was at TheSize, where Neolith, the multipurpose Sintered Compact Surface, was on display everywhere: cabinets, countertops, drawers, floors and walls. Slabs come in 1/4”, 1/8” and 1/2” thickness, the latter used more for countertops and sinks whereas the 1/4” is usually used on the floor and the 1/8” as veneer. The product is notable for its durability, wide range of applications and vast array of design possibilities, which range from ultra-modern to classic.

Grey, a hot trend in the U.S., was also in evidence here, with the company’s Fusion collection shown in Basalt Black and Basalt Grey, available in either a silk or polished finish. The darker hues were in line with the darker palette seen at many of the booths at EuroCucina, and these particular colors were inspired by black granite from Zimbabwe. Mar Esteve, director of marketing for TheSize, noted that these two colors are particularly popular in Europe, adding that wood grains in lighter colors are also popular in Europe under the influence of the Scandinavian countries.

There’s never enough time to see everything at a show of this magnitude, but we were excited to preview some of the newest products and trends that may be making their way from Europe to North America in the not-too-distant future. Did you attend Salone del Mobile Milano and EuroCucina this year? If so, drop us a line and let us know what you saw that excited and inspired you! KBDN

KBDN Staff, Paul DeGrandis, 2016
The frame door is the signature of the Carettere collection. The more traditional version of the model, shown here in Prestige White, is characterized by the handle that is the same color as the door.

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KBDN Staff, Ashley Lapin Olian, 2016
TheSize Surfaces Marketing Director Mar Esteve talks about Neolith's durability, wide range of applications (including outdoor use) and variety of designs, which range from classic to ultra modern.

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KBDN Staff, Paul DeGrandis, 2016
Scavolini's Flux Swing collection by Giugiaro Design has seven coats of lacquer, comes in a glossy or matte finish and is available in 50 colors.

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Source: www.kitchenbathdesign.com