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Transforming the kitchen experience – Pernilla Johansson’s insights from EuroCucina 2012

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The integration of kitchens with living spaces to further facilitate social interaction as well as deal with decreasing living spaces is a continuing trend. The use of recycled and reclaimed wood is a big theme at EuroCucina this year, in addition to the use of new composite stone materials and more ecological cement surfaces.Handles are almost entirely absent in modern kitchens.The most premium kitchens continue to build on the trend of motorised doors and drawers, with solutions for more types of cabinet and cupboards.

Creating stories and experience via design was the overarching impression of Salone International Mobile 2012, held recently from 17 April to 22 April 17-22. The designs shown at the world’s premier home furnishing exhibition saw the use of light, multimedia and even holograms complementing many of the exhibitions.

As part of the Salone, the biennial EuroCucina International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition focused on the latest trends in kitchen design, and how they transform the kitchen space to provide more social experiences in the home.

Ms Pernilla Johansson, Electrolux’s Design Director of Major Appliances for Asia Pacific was in attendance this year, and shares some of her insights into the kitchen design trends showcased at EuroCucina.

Open plan living

The integration of kitchens with living spaces to further facilitate social interaction as well as deal with decreasing living spaces is a continuing trend. In it, spaces can be transformed depending on how they are used, and functional components can be hidden when they are not required.

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Sustainable materials

The use of recycled and reclaimed wood is a big theme at EuroCucina this year, in addition to the use of new composite stone materials and more ecological cement surfaces. A large number of designs also embraced the kitchen garden, allowing the cultivation of herbs and vegetables at home.

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No handles

Handles are almost entirely absent in modern kitchens. If they are there, they consist of flatly angled grips, perfectly integrated with the base material, such as wood on wood or glass on glass.

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The most premium kitchens continue to build on the trend of motorised doors and drawers, with solutions for more types of cabinet and cupboards. These include extremely large sliding doors which can conceal an entire work area.

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Natural Colours

Most exhibits at EuroCucina this year used the same colour palette with a variation of white, beige, brown and black. The tones are warm and often tone on tone.

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There is an increase of black, however, and white as a base colour is still more commonly seen, though white would be mixed with other materials and rarely used by itself. The all white kitchen is out.

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Often, darker tones are used inside lighter cabinets or sometimes that other way around. More importantly, the use of multiple material, colours and texture experiences is coming through everywhere.

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For more images, check out the album on The Little White Book Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/KG7LE8.

Pernilla Johansson is the Design Director of Electrolux Major Appliances for Asia Pacific. She leads an international team of designers from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India and China and  has been involved in the launch of the Electrolux Design and Innovation Centre in Singapore to drive design innovation in the region.

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Tune in next week for Senior Design Manager Lyndon Craig’s insights into the future of home appliances at the Salone International Mobile 2012.

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