Viva Italia Design!
Lyne Byrne chose the Kora tub from Kreoo, which launched this year and was designed by Enzo Berti. “It is hollowed out from marble just like sculpture, and is a true example of art meeting design,” she said.
“Part of their starter range of products, Nolte Kuchen wraps its concrete finish laminate around its cabinets and countertops to create a seamless look, offering big style at an accessible price,” said Byrne. “Shown here with some cabinet drawers open, the average kitchen costs 3,000-4,000 Euros.”
Byrne was also impressed by cabinetmaker L’Ottocento, saying the company has thought of everything when it comes to storage. “You can even have a dedicated space for the ever-important corkscrew,” she added.
“Handles were like jewelry on the units of TM Italia’s new Miuccia kitchen design,” said Mary Middleton. “The precious rose copper handles, sled feet and taps sparkle against the midnight blue neo-déco units. Copper is a spot-on trend for 2016 and works particularly well with darker units in blue, black and gray.”
“The hidden kitchen is still a trend with mileage, and several companies at this year’s EuroCucina showed moving surfaces that covered hobs and sinks,” said Middleton. “This minimalist look allows the kitchen to discreetly be incorporated into living spaces. Valcucine showed an almost semi-professional solution with the Gourmet System, which features a concealed storage area and sliding sections to cover the sink.
“Copper was prevalent as a new finish to faucets particularly at Fantini,” said Middleton. “They launched three new finishes: matte gun metal, brushed copper and matte British gold, which produces a special chromatic effect while applying the coating in a physical vapour deposition treatment.”
Miller chose Liebherr’s tap-to-open 24 wine fridge. “Making a bold splash in the kitchen with a statement or feature piece is sure to be a conversation piece in any home,” said Richard T. Anuszkiewicz.
Instead of using standard cabinet hardware, L’Ottocento integrated cabinet molding as door pulls for a gorgeous unobtrusive style,” said Beth Dotolo. “And their curved door fronts were incredibly innovative and stylish!”
“The Liebherr wine refrigerator was amazing with touch and talk technology,” said Carolina Gentry. “Designed to be the same size as a microwave, you can get an integrated look or even replace your microwave with a wine refrigerator as fresh food becomes so much more important in the kitchen.”
“The Tisettanta Contract Elam Kitchen table/bar shift top blew us away!” said Gentry. “For small space and clean-line living, the countertop conceals appliances and cooktops when not in use and then moves open to convert into usable cooktop and dining table.”
“The quilted leather on this bathroom vanity is understated luxury at its best from Mitage Milldue,” said Susie Feia.
“Highlighting the trend of holistic wellness, many kitchens now feature spots for live herbs and plants, such as pictured here from L’Ottocento,” said Feia.
“Employing a simple combination of materials, this sophisticated sink is adaptable for a variety of design styles,” said Feia.
“These slide-out hidden kitchen compartments are ideal for the modern professional client with a preference for high-end, open-plan living,” said Heather Jenkinson.
Jenkinson selected Equilibrio faucets from Gessi, which are made from laser-cut stone and high-end metal finishes for a unique grounding experience every day.