EuroCucina or Salone del Mobile as the Italians call it, recently showcased the new kitchen technology in Milan. This worldwide exhibition was first created in 1974 and is world-renowned for future trends with many of the world leaders showcasing prototype kitchens for the future. The Directors of Zesta Kitchens were able to view kitchens from manufacturers from all over the world including Italy, UK, Germany, Spain just to name a few. The cutting edge, high-quality kitchen designs and layouts were nothing short of the “wow” factor that is known at EuroCucina.
It is difficult to identify a dominating theme but certainly “handless” kitchens were prevalent. It seems the push to open style is less popular than the new types of door allowing a simple hand pull that is hidden, built into the back of the top of the cupboard, or a bevelled top edge slope door where the hand can easily reach to open. These cupboards were fitted with soft closing door features so the smoothness of door closing is still maintained.
Whilst the kitchen cabinets are impressive the types of spaces created were more impressive. Most kitchens were a mixture of finishes and not single colours as has been the trend in the past, white with timber, warm grey with white, concrete with white and so on. Timber mixed with gloss and matte doors mixed with industrial type stone benchtops were also popular. As the European kitchens provide challenges due to the size of homes or apartment, the designs were clever in both functionality and storage. All kitchens were of the highest quality as you would expect.
The quality was not only highest in the kitchens but also the styling with a great deal of brass accessories, be it taps, lighting or simple bowls angled in the designed space. The industrial look was also present in both styling and ‘concrete’ style kitchens perfect for that warehouse type apartment in the inner city.
EuroCucina produced once again the amazing elegance and quality of all finishes and will provide inspiration for our new products that we are now working on at Zesta – so exciting!