A few weeks ago, we attended the For the Kitchen edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano, which is held every other year. Next year we hope to be back for the bathroom exhibition.
Salone del Mobile (furniture show) in Milan is a highly anticipated yearly event. It is the place to discover the latest trends in furniture, decorating, and home accessories. These have a direct impact on how our kitchen designers work, because materials, colours, and technology must be selected to create harmony.
We discovered a number of “connected” appliances, which we will be discussing in the future, ultra high-performance hoods that can practically draw flavour right out of food, and appliances and accessories that virtually operate themselves.
But we were mostly there for the kitchens. And we weren’t disappointed!
Kitchen cabinet trends
Except for all-white kitchens, cabinet interiors were rather dark or even the same wood as the exterior. Very matte and smooth barn wood appeared in many model kitchens. There was also a distinct lack of visible handles. Most featured doors with finger-grip or push mechanisms. And there were glass doors. Many, many glass doors.
Nooks and islands
We saw all kinds! Kitchen islands have been a must for years. It’s where the cooking gets done and where everyone invariably gravitates. They’re growing increasingly longer and are often connected to the table.
Nooks are more popular than ever before. They are covering, and in some cases even making up, entire walls. They’re perfect for displaying your most beautiful decorative items to put the finishing touches on your decor.
Nooks are so popular because the decor is taking center stage this year! Appliances are discreetly in the background, carefully cloaked by kitchen cabinets, leaving decorative items front and center. The accent is on the volume and intensity of these items, not necessarily their color or visual impact.
Maiko Hasuike for the Aran Cucine space
Massimo Iosa Ghini for the Snaidero space
Thinking of renovating your kitchen?
If you like these trends, contact a designer for an appointment!
The talent and creativity of our kitchen designers, as well as their desire to satisfy customers, go well beyond experience and expertise.