Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUL 2018

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YOU KNOW HOW exhilarating and exhausting Design & Construction Week can be? Now double the number of exhibit halls just for kitchen and bath products and you have Salone del Mobile.Milano's EuroCucina and International Bathroom exhibitions! There were 24 exhibit halls for all of the design products on display by more than 1,400 exhibitors from around the world; six are exclusively for kitchen and bath products. Add to that off-site events and jetlag! But what an extraordinary opportunity to see what's hot and what's next in our industry! Here are some of the many kitchen and bath trends spotted around the Milan fair- grounds by more than 434,500 attendees. STORAGE Two of the dominant cabinetry trends contra- dicted each other: very open and very closed. "Hidden kitchens" are not new, but they are offering some interesting new features. Many of the manufacturers were showing open backsplash storage systems designed for islands. Some were towers installed on top of the countertops. Others were suspended from the ceiling, sometimes surrounding an inte- grated vent hood over an island cooktop. There were also some very clever concealed backsplash storage cabinet systems. These allow for holding and hiding necessary items convenient to the sink, and may (and probably should) become popular with designers and clients here when exported. Another feature that was both eye-catching and simplifying is the one-touch long wall door. These look great, but would be difficult to open or close by a more petite person without an easy-opening mechanism. FINISHES AND COUNTERTOPS Popular finishes also offered appealing con- trasts. Matte black and obscure glass showed up pretty widely. (Ribbed glass was especially popular for tall hidden kitchen doors, and more frosted glass showed up on base cabinets and bathroom vanities.) Metallics, including copper, brass and lead- look panels and detailing, were also on display, in panels, door and drawer fronts and detailing. The typical door and drawer front on display featured integral beveled handles. Generally speaking, kitchen and bath cabinet hardware was scarce in Milan last month. One notable exception was a Scavolini kitchen designed by Carlo Cracco (the Italian Emeril Lagasse, you could say), who included easy-grip handles for fast-moving, professional hands. Countertops were still strongly quartz and porcelain, with solid surfaces gaining appeal in other parts of the world like Africa and Asia, according to one cabinet brand. ARTS AND INNOVATION Some of the innovative elements around the show floor were artistic in nature. Bosch and Aran Cucine both showcased customizable fronts that let designers or homeowners be creative. The Bosch panels were vibrant colors available for select refrigerator models. The Aran panels could include whatever designs cli- ents want to see on their easy-to-reface cabinet fronts. Valcucine is also offering customized art for cabinetry. It'll be interesting to see whether these trends catch on in the U.S. A Sampling of Hot Trends from Salone BY JAMIE GOLD, CKD, CAPS Concealed backsplash storage and other interesting storage op- tions, contrasting finishes, integrated door and drawer hardware, customizable appliance fronts, trough-style bath sinks and 'smart showering' were among the hot trends seen in Milan in April. A fascinating prototype features a kitchenette in an island with a tree at its center. Most of the drawer fronts on display had this style of drawer front and integrated handle. Metallics glittered throughout the show. Wide wall doors with easy-opening mechanisms trended strongly. Photo: Courtesy of Scavolini Photo: Courtesy of Valcucine Photo: Courtesy of Valcucine Photo: Courtesy of Aran Cucine 36 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2018 TREND SPOTTING

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