Big trends in 2018
This year the large kitchen manufacturers displayed smooth, serene and perfectly calibrated surfaces, made from fine materials and boasting increasingly cutting-edge technology (internal fittings, hinges and sliding systems). The years of cute woodsy country kitchens, or cool industrial models, are well and truly over.
‘What a relief that is,’ Angela Gianakis says.
‘That cold industrial look just does not work in many homes.’
A sophisticated and modern look has taken hold with endless horizontal surfaces made of stone or steel, and large vertical surfaces composed of laminates, coloured glass or precious timber. The traditional floor units and hanging kitchen cupboard units have lost ground to the seamless solid effect, achieved with full height handle-less door fronts in subtle but interesting colours or textures.
Benches are both taller and deeper, leaving more room for small accessories, and standing out as a design item in their own right. Kitchens have assumed a general ‘architectural construction’ tone with smooth walls of cupboards as the backdrop, and statement benches and even extractor fans providing visual impact in shape and interesting materials.
The kitchen bench
This year the kitchen bench became a star of the kitchen-design show, with impossibly thin surfaces on display, next to statement stone benchtops up to 10cm thick. The bench has become a refined piece of furniture, not just a cooking or eating surface.
In fact table eating is making a comeback, with separate dining settings re-emerging, while the bench is now anchoring itself back into the functional cooking side of the kitchen with clever technology, rather than simply forming an extended eating surface. And the technology slides away when not in use, to leave clean lines and smooth surfaces on display.