Written by Rebecca Alvord, Senior Industrial Designer for GE Appliances
I recently had the pleasure of attending Eurocucina in Milan, Italy; part of the Salone del Mobile Milano (A designer’s paradise!). This show took place April 12-17th, with over 2,400 exhibitors and 370,000 attendees. It was by far the largest tradeshow I have ever attended. I saw hundreds of beautiful kitchens with rich and interesting materials, and left very inspired! In my opinion there were two kitchens that stood out from a trendsetting standpoint.
Snaidero’s Kelly kitchen, by architect Massimo Iosa Ghini, is a fresh and modern take on traditional design. You might say it is the epitome of transitional design. The cabinetry has clean lines with hidden pocket handles. Cabinet fronts are framed with brass decorative corner details. The hood is one of my favorite features. It has a satin brass finish that ties in with the brass detailing on the cabinets, chairs, and island legs. It’s design is very clean and modern, yet the extra structural elements add a bit of old world flair.
Arclinea’s Principia kitchen by Antonio Citterio was dark and luxurious. The finish palette comprised of rich dark wood, marble, brass and smoked glass with embedded mesh texture. The hood becomes a central focal point and contains open shelving for herbs as well as task lights. Display shelves were beautifully illuminated behind smoked glass. The glass had embedded metallic ,which added a luxurious textural layer. In one kitchen, dark marble countertops pair with dark chrome fixtures, while in the other kitchen, white marble countertops give way to a bright pop of brass.