Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2018

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Disappearing kitchens, stone surfaces, clever storage options and color choices were among the latest trends celebrated at Salone del Mobile.Milano. BY ANITA SHAW Ciao Bella Salone ashion and design are key to Milan's infrastructure, so when designers and manufacturers of all things for the home visit each spring, they are often invigorated with a renewed creative spirit. This spring, the 57th edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano 2018 delivered on this promise, showcasing the latest trends and fashion for home design. Salone, held April 17-22 at Fiera Milano, Rho, welcomed a staggering 434,000+ attendees who reviewed displays from over 1,800 exhibitors over more than 2.2 million square feet of space. Included this year, and on a biennial basis, was EuroCucina and its collateral event FTK (Technology For the Kitchen), as well as the International Bathroom Exhibition. At EuroCucina, today's kitchen was depicted as a social, welcoming space, with materials, textures and design working together to emit a relaxed yet contemporary vibe. "The popularity of the open-concept kitchen space was very apparent as a driving force behind one of the more pervasive trends," notes Lauren Levant, principal and creative director of Lauren Levant Interior, in Pittsburgh, PA. "A 'now you see it, now you don't' adaptable space strategy was a common thread in the development of product design across many categories," Levant states. "Multi-function work tops, cooktops and sink tops were on display to offer ways to perform a myriad of tasks, and then to smartly adapt the space to another function, or even to conceal the functions altogether, when the needs of the space changed." For example, she reports, there were moving countertops that could cover the sink and cooking equipment at a mo- ment's notice. "We also saw advancement in the technology of induction cooking that will be concealed and/or fully integrat- ed into countertop surfaces." "There were several automated cabinet features, such as countertops that moved effortlessly to expose cooking spaces and allow for island seating with physics-defying overhangs, and pocket doors that slid in and out on their own," adds Cassia Wyner, principal, CW Design, LLC in Lexington, MA. "What really caught my eye is what I would call the 'hidden kitchen' – the idea of integrating the kitchen and living area in a very organic manner, through the illusion of flat surfaces with depressed cooktops, sinks, faucets, etc., with kitchen islands, made of wood or stone, allowing for a seamless flow Stone was prominent at EuroCucina, as displayed in the Schüller booth, including on counters, backsplashes, walls and cabinet facing. Photo courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano. This modern kitchen from L'Ottocento features walls of high wooden boiserie that concealed cooking elements, contrasting with Archetipo, a sleek central island. Photo: L'Ottocento Photo: Saverio Lombardi Vallauri F 58 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2018 SALONE DEL MOBILE.MILANO

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