in Milan features the latest in all aspects of kitchen design and technology in EuroCucina. Shumatsu Distortion spent the last two days scouting out the newest and most exciting designs for your kitchen design plans.
Just as much was going on above the island as there was on or under the kitchen islands at Salone del Mobile. Structures that serve as lighting ventilation and storage were everywhere, like in this one by . Many displays include plenty of spots for growing herbs that not only are good for your cooking but also for your decor.
Multilevel islands, and mixed materials were faintly a trend we saw. This island by Arrival has several levels at play and uses natural woods, a modern counter material and a variety of metal finishes in one kitchen design.
This kitchen again mixes surfaces, colors and stylistic details. While the island has a modern feel, some of the side cabinets feature a more traditional raised wood detail.
At a distance the cabinetry may look simple and modern, but a closer look reveals subtle pattern in the wood.
Porcelanosa also exhibited a stunning mixed surface kitchen, marrying a flashy backsplash, modern concrete countertop and warm wood cabinetry.
Spagbol combined this awesome live edge counter extension with a modern surface island.
“Hidden kitchens” are a 2016 trend that were ubiquitous at Eurocucina. This one by kicked things up a notch by including colorful designs on the cabinet faces. Behind the doors are storage, cooking and refrigeration units.
Many of the designs have cabinet orientations that are not quite ordinary. This unit by pulls out for access from both sides, while many overhead cabinets open from the bottom up or slide horizontally.
Most all brands showed drawers that light up when you open them, like this one from Stosa.
Still other islands include many components that go far beyond a sink and a cutting board. presented this one, that includes a built-in stand mixer with recessed bowl, recessed storage cubes with lids and moveable work surfaces.
Induction cooktops were everywhere and included new twists on the familiar concept. For Chinese food fans, Binova has this induction cooktop that includes a concave burner area that accommodates a wok.
Another innovation is the “invisible” induction cooktop. model looks like a regular marble island, but is made of a porcelain material and has a built-in, integrated induction cooktop. This allows you to prep, cook and serve on the same surface. You can prepare for the party and serve cocktails and snacks from the same surface!
Teppanyaki grills have become a popular option for kitchens. Here, prepares a stir fry on a Bora teppanyaki grill.
We just loved this bold fashion statement for the kitchen by Dolce and Gabbana. Designed from Smeg, three designs were on display in the Eurocucina area.
Still in the realm of the hidden kitchen, this innovation increases your useable prep and serving space. presented a cooktop that includes a moving surface that you can slide over your cooktop to cover it and hide a mess or provide more space for work or serving.
While the displays were primarily about the kitchen equipment, we couldn’t get enough of the kitchen lighting, like this from .
Among the new features for dishwashers was this model by that sanitizes dishes, which is especially helpful of you have infants and small children in the household.
We were fascinated by the products presented by . Long known for its commercial chilling and freezing equipment, the company has now laughed a line for your home. The blast chiller can take piping hot food and quickly chill it or freeze it to the desired temperature, preserving taste, texture and appearance. It also has hot for handling capacity for cooking and holding foods at a particular temperature. We decided we really want n=one of these!
Irinox’s digital controls are easy to read and operate, giving you the options for freezing, chilling, holding or thawing your food.
Of course there were sinks galore, most all modern and with a variety of features.This gorgeous golden model is from Kitchen in Motion.
Others, like this one by , have a more traditional two compartments with extra section for draining and storage. This faucet is a little retro, with its wall mount and two separate knobs;
This stunning luxe range is from . The traditional line is available in fantastic colors like this aqua blue.
At the other end of the spectrum is this kitchen island by , which extends out to form a counter extension, perfect for seating, After cooking, the top can be retracted to cover the sink and cooktop. It looks like a great option for a tighter space.
Hoods, hoods and more hoods! We saw more new and innovative hood designs than ever, From large, traditional and imposing to sleek and unobtrusive, there is something for every style and size kitchen. These three from are ceiling mount models.
had this large and artistic hood. While it is very different from the sleek electronic models being shown everywhere, we love it for its eye-catching and rustic industrial feel.
This hood by Best is completely integrated into the cabinetry above. No visible venting or machinery.
The only part that shows is a thin glass panel — only an inch or two wide — that contains the electronic controls for the light and fan.Truly a minimalist’s dream.
Eurocucina also had plenty of specialized appliances. Love meat? Then maybe you need this dry meat ager by Team7.
For modernists, there were especially fashionable islands like this one from .
Perhaps you would like the face of your oven to be printed with a special image…Onardi can do that for you as they did with this model.
Details are prevalent in all cabinetry, from lighted drawers to impeccable organized storage like this from .
Another one for the minimalists amount you — this kitchen setting from Rational. There is no joint between the countertop and backsplash wall, only a smooth curve for easy cleaning.
The simple light fixture plays a major role in the attractiveness of this island from Sanwa.
Gas cooktops sure have changed from the traditional style.These burners from Spagnol Cucine are independently placed and are easy to clean.
It’s all in the details, especially in these cooktops from . Rather than just using a regular burner ring to hold up the pots, Smeg has a collection of parts that use leaf and fruit shapes.
Perhaps crows are more your style?
showed these individual wall shelving units that can be used in any configuration.
There were plenty of kitchens from the fans of rustic and retro style. This one from features Smeg appliances and whimsical touches like a tree branch utensil holder.
Eurocucina doesn’t happen every year at Salone del Mobile and we’ll be bringing you more kitchen innovations from the fair in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on Shumatsu Distortion.com for more stories soon.