Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUL 2018

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On the purely artistic side, SMEG decided to mass produce two of its Dolce & Gabbana designs showcased in hand-painted appliances at last year's Architectural Digest Design Show. Those will now be available on hood, range and fridge suites. There were some other interesting devel- opments around the kitchen and bath halls. In addition to the chef-designed kitchen by Scavolini noted above, Ernestomeda showed off an odor-killing system for trash bin cab- inetry, SMEG showcased its Flexi Duo third dishwasher rack, which can be reconfigured for small items, and its automatically opening door for energy-saver drying. Vola offered its customizable towel heating bars. You probably never thought you needed towel warmers to be customizable, but when you consider different towel sizes, user counts and finishes, you might find yourself specifying these more than you expected – at least for your luxurious master suites and pool baths! In showcasing unique prototypes, Euro- Cucina is much like the Detroit Auto Show: Enter the concept kitchen! Porcelanosa showcased a backsplash system prototype with integrated LED lighting and modular accessory options. This could definitely have appeal for American and Canadian designers and clients. Aran Cucine's Oasi island was easily the most unique kitchen prototype. While its strik- ing feature was the tree planted in its center, this all-in-one island included a trash compac- tor, recycling bins, dishwasher, undercounter fridge, sink, cooktop, extending tables, storage and a self-watering system for the tree. This will probably not be a big seller in the U.S. if it's developed, but the arborial inclusion did highlight the growing trend of plant life in kitch- en spaces. (Scavolini's chef kitchen also included plants in its modular wall accessory system.) BATHROOMS Trough sinks were a strong bathroom trend this year. So was "smart showering," with illuminated showerheads having a very large presence. As seen in the kitchen, very open and very closed storage showed up in baths, too. It's not clear how many North American homeowners will want open wall storage in their bathrooms, but it can be stylish for decorative elements or beau- tiful perfume and lotion bottles. On the closed front, pull-out wall bins to conceal less attractive elements like toilet brushes may find fans here. These holders certainly free up floor space and make good use of otherwise wasted wall surface. LAST WORDS Many of the products shown at Salone will never make their way across the Atlantic, but a surprising number of exhibitors do export to the U.S. and Canada, and some even have show- rooms here. Focusing just on those companies in three action-packed days delivered trends we'll surely b e seeing here in the next year or two. Even if you can't make it to Milan in 2020 for the next kitchen and bath exhibitions, you're sure to see some of them at KBIS next year in Las Vegas (minus the jet lag, exquisite food or fabulous Italian fashion everywhere you turn). ▪ Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS is an independent designer in San Diego, the author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work and the New Bathroom Idea Book (Taunton Press), and a design journalist, NKBA Chapter Presenter and industry consultant. Her website is She was named one of Kitchen & Bath Design News' 2017 50 top innovators. Illuminated showerheads lit up numerous bath exhibits. There was a wide variety of open wall storage systems for bathrooms on display. Glass fronts – especially ribbed – showed up widely on the show floor. Photo: Courtesy of Scavolini Photo: Courtesy of Dornbracht Photo: Courtesy of Idea Group 38 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2018 TREND SPOTTING

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