Milan was alive at the end of April with over 430,000 interiors enthusiasts from across the world, including ourselves, who all descended on the global capital of fashion and design to attend the 22nd edition of EuroCucina and FTK (technology for the kitchen) exhibits.

And whilst the five day biennial event dedicated to kitchen design was packed with enough inspiration and innovation to write several essays, at least two presentations and possibly record a podcast, we thought we’d bring you our the three key takeaways from our perspective for now.

Just like in the fashion world, the interior design trends we will see come to life all over the globe and in Australia in the coming years will have almost certainly started in Milan last week…

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EuroCucina 2018 kicked off at the end of April.

 

Interconnected surfaces

 

A big trend we’re still seeing is the interconnectivity brought to the surfaces of the kitchen. Kitchens are not just functional spaces, they’re hubs for the household, meaning they’re multipurpose spaces with an equal measure of utility and emotion. It was inspiring to see interactive cooktops like the below from Franke, with a chiller box, embedded phone charger, optical recognition system that identifies and volumetrically measures vegetables, ability to keep your cappuccino warm on a heat spot, watch cooking demonstrations, your favourite movie…the list goes on. Oh, and it also cooks using smart induction technology.

For us the takeaway was clear though, as with the way we interact with the smartphones we hold in our hands,  we’re going to expect the same level of interactivity with every other surface we can touch. (Why shouldn’t a benchtop charge your phone or show you how to julienne?)

Franke

Franke showcased its all new interactive cooktop.

 

Simplicity and minimalism

 

Back to pure aesthetics. The trend for kitchen cabinetry refinement also continued in Milan with thin-edged surfaces narrowing down to fine lines and countertops and cabinet doors marrying together seamlessly with reverse bevel finger pulls instead of handles. Stovetops also hovered above their corresponding countertops and sleek steel and solid colour satin made for a striking contrast to more rustic woodgrains. All of these beautiful looks you can capture yourself with our range of Essastone concrete and Laminex AbsoluteGrain decors.

 

A striking contrast between deeply textured, rustic woods with sleek steel and satin solid colours.

 

Maximum personalisation

 

And finally, when it came to decors, colors and materials, extraordinary levels of customisation could be found everywhere. We saw D&G hand-painting over Smeg stoves, decorative but functional exhausts and even changeable fridge exteriors to match individual style…or perhaps mood.

 

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Hand painted over-the-top colour in “Divina Cucina” from Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg. 

 

The sense of whimsy brought about by the below quirky decorative gas ring elements only solidified the feeling that any part of the kitchen could and should be personalised or customised to ensure soul is always retained in the hearth of the house.

 

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One of many decorative gas ring elements on show at EuroCucina 2018.

 

And there you have it, three quick takeaways from EuroCucina 2018. Let us know what you thought of the show and the design innovations you expect to see in Australia over the course of the next twelve months on Instagram or Facebook.