|Ellie Clow|||||written on: 23-04-2018 15:25pm|
From the 17th-22nd April, more than 430,000 people from 188 countries descended on Milan, Italy to attend the 57th edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano to see the latest trends in kitchen, bathroom and furniture design.
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More than 1,800 exhibitors showcased their products at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Exhibition. We headed to sunny Milan to find out what kitchen designers are turning to in 2018.
Taking centre stage at the show was Smeg’s newest collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana, marking the Italian appliance manufacturer’s third partnership with the fellow iconic Italian fashion brand. Divina Cucina includes Smeg’s statement fridge, Victoria range cooker and matching extractor in two bold, distinctive and Italian-esque prints carefully curated by Dolce & Gabbana itself.
Alpes Inox paired bright walls reminiscent of the sixties with stainless steel appliances, wooden accents, open shelving and an abundance of greenery to encapsulate the main trends found throughout the kitchen design show.
Abundant across the show was kitchen furniture in various deep shades of grey, creating a new style of romantic atmosphere for the room that is without doubt the heart of the home in 2018.
Contemporary furniture designs in darker shades with accents of gold and white featured heavily on Nolte Küchen’s (below) stand, while Leicht paired slate cabinets with white worktops, wooden accents and open furniture.
Häcker Kitchens’ deep grey shaker-style cabinets were partnered with rows of open shelving, flashes of white stone and a rustic wooden worktop to create a kitchen display abundant in industrial-chic charm.
Back to nature
Exhibitors brought the outside back in at EuroCucina 2018, creating kitchen displays that bled seamlessly into outdoor living with an abundance of plant life and greenery. Italian kitchen brand Cesar ringed its stand in trees, while Scavolini displayed swathes of draping greenery and frondy plants in its industrial-luxe Diesel Living collaboration.
Already a staple in UK kitchen design, the “lux-dustrial” trend showed no signs of going away anytime soon at EuroCucina 2018. Black metal, open shelving and rustic worktops were paired with clean and functional lines to create dreamy kitchens worthy of any loft apartment found in the heart of New York’s trendiest areas.
In the spotlight
To counter the moodiness of dark grey kitchen furniture, statement lighting featured heavily throughout the show, bleeding further into the industrial feel of the designs on display.
Draping pendant lights, oversized statement shades and backlit open shelving could be seen throughout, drawing attention to statement islands, splashbacks and shelves.
The world of smart appliances and connected living in the kitchen is growing fast, with appliance manufacturers investing great effort into making our lives as easy as possible in the most important room of the house.
Whirlpool showcased its new W Collection with its 6th Sense technology at EuroCucina 2018, while Italian kitchen extraction brand Falmec presented several new 'concept' products on its stand, as well as its latest induction hob and extractor system Sintesi.
Undoubtedly one of the stars of the show was Franke’s new Think Next smart worktop, described as a 'smart interface between kitchen and the living area' that is 'aligned to the requirements of a modern user'.
It features a plate-warming area, a wireless smartphone charging point and a cloud hood projection tool that can beam news, push notifications and conversations straight onto the worktop, as well as being able to change the air and light in a kitchen.
Top image: Saverio Lombardi Vallauri courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano.
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