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Salone Product Picks + Presentations
This year’s Salone del Mobile, featuring EuroCucina, FTK Technology for the Kitchen and the International Bathroom Exhibition, attracted top brands and designers to Milan once again. Here’s a roundup of highlights of the show.
From Abimis, the ÀTRIA outdoor kitchen is made entirely of AISI 304 stainless steel, an anti-bacterial and biologically neutral material that does not release any substances onto food, is resistant to corrosion, to impact, to humidity and moisture and to high temperatures. It is also 100% recyclable and easy to clean. Perfect for year-round outdoor use and suitable for all types of settings, it guarantees non-stop operation, durability and a hygienic kitchen.
Debuting at Salone, the Cold Control System from Abimis is actually a ‘refrigerator’ divided up into several compartments, each one independent and adjustable to various temperatures. Thanks to an internal ventilation system, the temperature set remains even and constant throughout the compartment. The compartments are compatible with Gastronorm, a modular system which envisages standard dimensions for containers, trays and other instruments used in the professional restaurant and catering industry, thereby optimizing the arrangement of the various compartments.
Aran Cucine introduces the Volare kitchen at Salone. The design makes the home environment more dynamic: moving between the island and the other elements of the kitchen invites collaboration and participation, not simply in the physical space but also in all the activities that can be lived within. Volare’s dimension is the gathering one, built around the catalyzing presence of the table that through an invisible conjunction line merges all the elements of the kitchen area.
At Salone, architect Stefano Boeri showcases the potential of the Oasi kitchen by Aran Cucine. He emphasizes the verticality of the classic galley style in his installation. Oasi features a wall unit with simple lines, highlighted by smooth doors made of fossil or oxidized wood. Its structure facilitates daily activities through a division of internal space organized by well divided storage compartments and large shelving system for pantry and appliances.
CEA presents Abaco, a modular linear bathroom system, which puts things in order and reorganizes the functions and plant-engineering technology within a single volume, aimed at adapting to any room of a house. The stainless steel construction presents itself as a silent and elegant object that when in function, shows all the strength of its innovation. The toilet merges drain, flush and bidet functions. This monolithic composition is equipped with a plinth with floor lighting as a courtesy light, and along the entire rear of the volume, so as to illuminate the wall on which it rests.
From Glass Design, the Dame pedestal sink designed by Vincenzo Missanelli resembles an elegant dress that envelops the body with soft, voluptuous curves. The fixture is offered in six colors, all on display at Salone.
Häcker Küchen presents two lines, Systemat and Concept130. Systemat is available in crystal white, light grey, and lava grey, with the color applied to both the inside and outside of the cabinet. Available in eleven exterior carcase colors with white interiors, Concept130 offers a wide range of planning and combination options.
In the new L’Ottocento proposal developed with makethatstudio, the Botanica wall system features full-height retracting and pull-out doors. Botanica is embellished by inserts in colored silk shantung and by decorative floral-themed manual carvings, highlighting the luxuriance of its appeal. In a delicate balance of volumes and colors, the new Archetipo Island is effortlessly inserted in a dark oak finish, complete with drawers and cylinders through which to pass the utility lines, enhancing the furniture’s modular and functional design.
The Bamboo Wall Panels from Laurameroni are characterized by a series of channels of different sizes cutting across the panel’s surface, to create different and customized designs. An optional integrated LED light system shows off the contours of the lacquered or wood veneered panels. Designed by Diego Maria Piovesan.
New from Sbordoni, the Plissé vanity and side column cabinet bring a fresh style to bathroom storage. The vanity is topped by the Masaccio washbasin. The fluted doors of the cabinets are formed of water-resistant hydro MDF.
The DIVA console is an elegant proposal for bathroom furnishings designed by Scarabeo to complete and enrich the eclectic collection of Moon washbasins. The tubular metal frame is available in four colors – matte black, gray, dove-gray and a refined brushed gold – and two sizes, 50cm and 70cm. Storage shelves and drawers are offered in glazed ceramic, wood and painted finishes.
From Zazzeri, the Q316 Collection of kitchen and bath faucets is characterized by a cylindrical body and a flat spout. Two standard handle styles are available as well as special designs that are incised with geometrical patterns. In addition to stainless steel, PVD finishes include carbon, charcoal grey, bronze-copper, copper, cognac and white-gold.
Ambientec introduces the Cachalot portable light, a fine example of the synthesis of cutting-edge illumination technology, precise artisan craftsmanship and high-quality materials combined in a poetic, sculptural design by Yoshiki Matsuyama. The base is die-cast zinc with a copper plated finish. The lamp shade is made of pure, crystal-clear and durable acrylic, available in clear or dark gray. Inside, a tubular-shaped LED unit using unique proprietary technology produces a warm, gentle light.
The evolution of the cast iron radiator into a design object is evident in the new collection designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Antrax IT. It is called Ghisa (“cast iron” in Italian) and reinterprets the aesthetic canons with strong essentiality of signs, precise details and ideal proportions. The radiator is made of 100% recyclable aluminum, with high thermal performance, and can be equipped with stainless steel hooks and towel rails.
Very Simple Kitchen ventures al fresco with the new Very Simple Bellezza outdoor kitchen. Similar to the VSK indoor collections, the outdoor version consists of lightweight wall and island modules made of stainless steel utilizing laser cutting and sheet metal bending technology. Welds are also minimized and profiles are joined with bolts. Offered in a multitude of colors with many choices for countertops and fittings.
Florim displays four design expressions: Luxury, Creative, Architectural and Contemporary. An exhibition project designed by Matteo Nunziati shows the identity of the brand in its various souls, showing different but complementary design styles at the same time. The four settings feature the large slabs of the new Heritage Luxe and Nature Mood collections, flanked by Earthtech and Match-Up.
With the widest range of induction SKUs on the market, Bertazzoni is excited to showcase the continued growth of their induction offerings and preview further 2022 introductions, as the firm celebrates its 140th anniversary.
Dekton introduces ONIRIKA, an immersive collection designed by award-winning interior designer Nina Magon that combines the unique beauty of stone with Dekton’s unmatched technology. The result: An eye-catching collection of marbled colors that evokes a dream-like sense, blurring the boundaries between the rational and the irrational and prompting a feeling that we understand, but cannot quite explain.
The installation at the heart of Gaggenau’s Milan Design Week activity is a bold departure from the brand’s previous EuroCucina offerings. ‘A Statement of Form’ is a 360-sq.-ft. structure that brings together the key elements of Gaggenau’s promise and purpose in a space that envisions the home as the entertaining space of the future. A mix of form and function with the highest grade appliances in situ and culinary excellence is at its core. Salone visitors will experience Gaggenau’s key specialist areas, including cooking precision, craftsmanship and innovation.
Cenote, a collection of washbasins designed by Patricia Urquiola for Agape, premieres at Salone. The design combines the architectural composition of the circular basin and the extremely linear base with a powerful material presence. The exterior of the sink, in unfinished refractory stone, creates a striking contrast with the smoothness of the enameled interior. Handcrafted, each piece is a unique object, in keeping with the a artisanal approach in true harmony with Agape’s vision.
Amsterdam-based The Collection introduces The Cookery, a compact kitchen island designed for smaller spaces and apartments. The layout is intended to maximize efficiency and storage. The integral stainless steel sink spans the width of the island, enabling the tap to be operated from both sides. Three induction hobs are arranged in a row down the center of the work surface, creating is room for food prep on either side.
The Cookery’s standard package includes a Quooker, integrated waste separation, refrigerator, dishwasher, three induction burners, built-in power sockets, and a combi oven. Optional features – motion-sensitive lighting on the plinth, a bar top or a steam oven instead of the combi oven – are available.
At the FTK Pavilion at Salone, Fabita showed the Tutto Mini Kitchen. Created by Adriano Design, it is self- contained. Its two induction burners can be stored on a hanging rail when not in use, freeing up space on the wooden countertop. A refrigerator drawer and an undercounter, top-loading dishwasher are included appliances.
MandiCasa will debut HenryGlass in the Tweed pattern at Salone del Mobile. Whether it’s a door, partition wall, window or panel, the art of glass takes on classic or contemporary forms to adapt to any architecture and meet the taste of beauty lovers and art and design enthusiasts. The result is a tailor-made product, a perfect synthesis of production capacity and craftsmanship, of technique and aesthetics.
A horizontal line supported by a column: These two simple architectural elements radicalize function in the new freestanding Ell Washbasin, designed by Benedini Associati for Agape. The entire surface, completely integrated with an aeration grid, eliminates the usual basin and emphasizes its dual use as a washbasin and support surface for soap and other objects. The formal purity of the sink showcases the beauty of its materials. The top and the grille are offered in white or deep caviar Corian, white Carrara, Carnico gray or black Marquina marble, and the column is in white or dark powder-coated steel.
antoniolupi reveals Letteramuta at Salone, a new “made-to-measure” linear storage system designed to house bathroom accessories. Inspired by the geometry of a steel I-beam, the shelf can be equipped with an integrated LED light, placed in the lower part to directly illuminate the underlying surfaces, or in the upper part for a more diffused and evenly distributed up-light. If used inside the shower area, a central groove is cut into the shelf to allow for water drainage. The standard finish is matte white, with custom colors available.
The KPF City Collection of ceramic tiles was released at Salone by Casalgrande Padana. Designed by architectural firm Kohn Pederson Fox, the collection, for interior applications, draws inspiration from four major cities that the practice knows intimately: New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and London. Building on the work undertaken by the practice in each city, the designers worked to capture a subjective experience of each place. Through reference to the distinctive character, materials, forms and textures of these international cities, momentary fragments of urban experiences and moments are recreated in a graphic style.
Inspired by iconic furniture and design and defined by soft, approachable forms, this new fittings collection from Kohler boasts universal compatibility – meaning the system works wherever in the world it’s installed (indeed apropos for the global design stage that is Salone). The Statement Collection carries an underlying familiarity while creating striking aesthetics within the space, thanks to the range of unique shapes and an array of sizes it brings to the shower.
Seen at Salone, Cooking Surface Prime by Abkstone is an induction cooking system invisibly integrated into a sintered ceramic surface. The induction cooktop integrated into the counter slab is activated only when the magnetic field comes into contact with a metal pan. The heat is transferred directly to the pans, so the cooktop cooks more quickly than a gas-fueled appliance and the sintered slabs do not heat up. This saves energy and allows the worktop to be used for other activities when not cooking.The slabs are resistant to staining, scratching and knife blades, allowing food to be cut and prepared directly on the surface. Offered in marble, natural stone, metal, concrete and wood looks.
Ceramica Francesco De Maio presented a ceramic collection in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum at Salone. Iconic works – including “Almond Blossom”, “Sunflowers”, “Flowering Plum Orchard”, “Small Bottle with Peonies and Blue Delphiniums”, “Irises” and “Self-Portrait with Straw Hat”– are just some of the works by Vincent Van Gogh which will be produced in entirely hand-decorated ceramics.
Sebastian Herkner’s first bathroom collection for Duravit, titled Zencha, was introduced at Salone. Inspired by traditional Japanese tea rituals and craftsmanship, the ceramic fixtures are inherently organic in shape. Modular furniture can be customized with open shelves or drawers, and is offered in a wide range of sizes, materials and colors.
Falmec exhibited several genuinely innovative ventilation hoods at Salone. Resting on the worktop, the Monolith fulfills a range of needs. The channel that houses the extractor also provides storage for ladles, spices, knives, cutting boards and other tools, as well as electrical outlets. The system is also equipped with a light, lending an alluring suspended effect, while diffusing a pleasant beam of light in the kitchen.
During Salone del Mobile, Moooi launched the Serpentine Light by Swedish design collective Front. The Serpentine Light is an airy suspension lamp, created by intricate twists and turns. The curves are outlined in a darker colouration, as well as supported by spokes, giving the design a pleasant riveting effect. The light originated from playing with a piece of paper – discovering the limits of the different shapes it could adopt.
Inspired by the hills of Tuscany, the large format ceramic surfacing Terra di Saturnia by Laminam features shades of taupe and gray. A place of hot springs, mud baths and land rich in nutrients for the earth, the essence of Saturnia recalls the ebbing tide at the moment it withdraws and reveals a soft, sandy surface.
The new ALPI Legacy Collection curated by the company’s art director, Piero Lissoni, takes inspiration from a selection of “lost” types of wood such as ebony, Honduras mahogany, teak and rosewood, which are not readily available or in some cases illegal to use. With this unique and sustainable collection introduced at Salone, ALPI makes available ecological veneers that are replicas of their unattainable natural counterparts.
Officine Gullo and Aquazzura presented their collaboration on a capsule collection of cooking ranges at Salone. The appliances are made and decorated completely by hand in Gullo’s “workshops” based on a design by Edgardo Osorio, Founder and Creative Director of luxury footwear brand, Aquazzura: an exotic motif, characterized by flowers and animals from distant lands. The design uses acrylic tempera paints and protective varnishes. The paintwork is slightly embossed to the touch, in a way that reflects how art is such an intrinsic part of this project, where the kitchen is seen as an exclusive canvas, waiting to be decorated.
At Salone, Acquabella showed the Stelvio bathtub. Its faceted design pairs sleek modern lines and a refined elegance for a distinctive look. The tub is fabricated of Dolotek, a mineral composite with a smooth finish and has easy-to-clean antibacterial surface that is resistant to UV rays and thermal shock.
For the Seamless Natural Kitchen concept display at the Signature Kitchen Suite booth, HIMACS Solid Surface’s Aurora Torano finish gives the worktop a chunky, defined ‘veined’ effect, whereas the Aurora Blanc shade illuminates the perimeter of the kitchen island and the supporting leg of the breakfast bar, with its brilliant white and delicate tone-on-tone shades.
The Nazca Washbasin was presented at Salone by Maison Valentina. With a structure in matte walnut root veneer, a base in vintage matte brass and marble sinks, the two-door washbasin complements any bathroom decor with a richer earth tone.
Samsung highlighted its Bespoke Home 2022 line at EuroCucina at Salone. Making its European debut, the all-new Bespoke AI oven features an intuitive AI technology and an advanced steam cooking function that makes preparing meals more convenient. Also displayed were Bespoke’s living appliances, including the Bespoke AI laundry, AirDresser and Bespoke Jet.
PullCast exhibited a comprehensive range of brand-new hardware designs, including the Kids Collection, an innovative series of whimsical drawer handles designed to bring a little bit of magic to children’s decor. Also on display were the latest additions to the Ocean and Twist collections, including the Hendrix Door Pull (shown).
Revealed at Salone, LHOV, is the latest revolution by Elica. It is a three-in-one appliance that combines hob, hood and oven in a compact, powerful and automated design. It enhances the linear look of the kitchen: no protruding corners, no interruptions, the extraction system is cleverly hidden within the appliance, while the oven is at an ergonomic height, leaving free space below for further storage. The extraction system automatically removes vapors and odors from both the hob and the oven. LHOV is wider than a standard oven, thus offering a larger cooking area on one level, without having to use multiple racks, resulting in more even cooking.