Made. living (www.madeliving.com.au) is a fantastic bespoke kitchen brand, and Director Andrew Vidor just returned back from Euro Cucina armed with some new trends in kitchens and kitchen design.
Here are his observations.
“From our recent trip to Milan’s Eurocucina fair, we were inspired by so many interesting concepts and trends from seamless design to organised clutter; organic simplicity to bold statement colours – all of which are starting to translate into the Australian market,” says Andrew. “The main trends included:
1. Organics: As ideas surrounding sustainable living occupy more and more of the housing design sector, kitchen design has responded with a strong movement toward organics – seen in everything from kitchen colours and textures, to tactile finishes.
2. Back to reality: With this return to ‘realness’ there’s a shift toward using real timber bench tops (instead of composite stones and acrylic surfaces), as well as a trend toward personalisation. Design is moving away from the traditional island bench in favour of extended table spaces acting as ‘arms’ off the main kitchen design - offering a fluid extension into the dining area.
3. Glass: Glass also has a significant presence both at the fair and within our current kitchen designs. What is a staple kitchen element has recently come into its own, serving an array of practical and design purposes, which aim to blur the lines of integration. Think glass-fronted fridge doors finding their echo in glass-fronted kitchens to create a sense of visual seamlessness. In direct contrast, appliance manufacturers are embracing a new niche by working with kitchen designers to take glass and create stand-out features.
4. Technology: Technology has become a major focus within kitchen design - with the introduction of sophisticated easy-use elements such as single-touch opening drawers and cupboards; a remote-control door opening to reveal the kitchen’s appliances and functional elements; an island bench top which moves slowly upwards and backwards to reveal the function of the kitchen hidden below. The trends are really about automation and ease-of-use.