New Country Aesthetic (above)
Raw materials, large open spaces and utilitarian finishes turn the kitchen’s functional value into an aesthetic to be celebrated. Where to get it Go to Easylife Kitchens for a customised look and ask for the key ingredients: stainless-steel surfaces, white subway tiles – sans bevelled edges – and cabinet doors with an exposed sliding-door pulley system.
Connectivity is the way of the future – Whirlpool’s Smart Appliances with 6th Sense Live Technology allow you to manage your appliances’ energy usage on the go and even control key features via your smart phone.
The Invisible Kitchen
Kitchens are becoming increasingly streamlined. Even when the sliding doors in this Porcelanosa kitchen are open, the lack of visible handles and exposed appliances make it less obvious that the space is a kitchen. Where to get it Porcelanosa products are available locally through Kenzan Tiles.
Instead of trying to conceal an unappealing stainless-steel hood, make a contemporary design statement with a bold and shapely extractor option, such as this one. Keep the rest of your kitchen design simple and allow the hood to be the focal point. Where to get it Smeg’s ‘Chimney Hoods’ available in Black, Red Wine, Silver and Cream, have a similar graphic presence.
Make the most of every bit of space in your kitchen and install built-in shelves in the most unlikely spaces. Here, exposed shelving frames the doorway, providing neat and attractive additional storage. Where to get it For a customised solution like this one, go to Optima Kitchens, blu_line or Retro Kitchens.
Alongside the trend towards smooth and polished surfaces, a renewed appreciation for nature is finding its way back into kitchen design. This treated timber top creates a striking organic contrast in this minimal all-white kitchen space. Where to get it Contact furniture designer, James Mudge for a custom-made option.
The laundry room has become an essential ‘back of house’ kitchen function ideal for concealing appliances and equipment from view. Where to get it Rossana’s ‘two pocket doors’ opening system conceals the washing area by using ‘TU23’ units to house a washing machine, dryer and storage unit. Available through EuroCasa.
Like all functional elements, kitchen sinks are become progressively integrated and inconspicuous, with sleeker lines and a simpler aesthetic. Where to get it Poliform Varenna’s under-top-mounted steel sink by Barazza is an elegant option.
An exciting new direction in kitchen storage is the illumination of drawer and cupboard inners with LED lighting – a functional feature that creates undeniable aesthetic benefits. Where to get it Poliform Varenna embraces this trend by including it in its newest ranges.
Freestanding storage units offer versatility for ready-designed spaces. With more sophisticated interior systems, we are seeing an increasingly efficient use of space. Where to get it This bulthaup one doubles as a preparation surface.
Instead of choosing one finish and sticking to it, kitchen designers are now embracing a variety of options, teaming together natural and synthetic alternatives. Where to get it Porcelanosa does it best with a fusion of timber, marble, steel and synthetic surfaces.
For a seamless and innovative look, match the finish on your fridge to the surrounding walls. Where to get it Whirlpool’s latest range offers the option of finishing your fridge in the wallpaper of your choice.
Featured Photograph Courtesy of Lottocento L’Ambiente Cucina