By Albinka Klimowicz. functional features island. Published at Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 - 07:35:04 AM.
Function, versatility, simplicity, style: these characteristics make modern European kitchens so globally appealing. We explore kitchen design from Italy to Scandinavia, bringing you views to emulate
The modern European kitchen gives you spoilt for choice. After all, the mainland is made up of some 50 countries. It benefits that many European nations own a shared affinity for food and cookery ‐ as a result, their kitchens have received plenty of attention over the years, with Europeans refining what they want from the culinary epicentre of the home. If you like modern European expression, this is all good news for you, as you have plenty of styles and references to express inspiration from.
First, there's Germany. Most suitable prized for their extraordinary engineering and precision, the Germans are experts in combining discovery with aesthetics and ergonomics. This plan means streamlined, clutter‐free surfaces crafted from glossy, lacquered materials, often combined with glass, stainless steel and light-coloured woods set against a setting of white. The look is all cool modernity. Natural light extends into play here, does smart LED lighting.
This clean‐lined kitchen is highly organised, with elements that provide visual and tactile interest. Mixing different types of materials is hot right now, and can be seen at German company LEICHT. Also, fitting inspiration is Poggenpohl, Häcker and Bulthaup.
No kitchen talk would be complete without a mention of Italy. The Italians do everything with panache; they ooze a sexiness that‘s reflected in everything from their fashion and film to art and architecture. In the Italian kitchen, you can be daring. Here, cabinetry can be curvaceous; take Pedini's Dune collection, for example.
This kitchen works well in an open-plan format that flows freely to communicate with the surrounding environment. For spacious design ideas, check out Ernestomeda, which offers kitchen systems in white, punctuated by modern colours such as midnight blue or purple combined with lime accents. Italian brand Boffi employs gripping dining surfaces crafted from wood or glass that jut out from the countertop. Brands such as Scavolini, Snaidero, Schiffni, Toncelli, and also demonstrate the beauty of Italian design superbly, as does Strato, whose wow-worthy new Semplice kitchen features in our Futuristic section.
This clean-lined kitchen is highly organised, with elements that provide visual and tactile interest
Central Europe is emerging as a new force in design, not least in the kitchen. Poland, in particular, is doing cool things, with design studios such as Warmhouse creating modern kitchens. Specialising in unique interiors and furniture designs, Warmhouse's kitchen surfaces feature a poured-liquid gold effect. As a general trend, central European kitchen are leaning towards high-sheen materials in white, black and vibrant red or juicy orange.
Scandinavian design has a unique sensibility set to a palette of fresh white or pale hues. Soft-finished surfaces, decorative wood elements and tiles finish off the look. Swedish brand Marbodal has some lovely modern designs that demonstrate the Scandi look. Danish company Snedke *studio's Marbelous Wood flooring applies an old marbling technique to wood, bringing out natural growth rings in organic, vibrant patterns.
The Italians do everything with panache. In the Italian kitchen, you can be daring.
•Opt for faucets that combine function with style ‐ Kohler's Karbon faucet is a good option
•With the Italian looking, you can play with a seductive palette of colours, such as ruby, eggplant or black, punctuated by white. Illuminate your space with a fashionable chandelier
•You can take Scandi style in a retro direction with reclaimed wood floors and furniture. Try painting walls in light aqua tones.
The tones should be pure, with raw wood, stainless steel and white, black or dark grey featuring prominently. A touch of colour — red, orange, light blue ‐ adds the perfect, classic Scandinavian finish. However, the Nordic nations are getting braver in their use of colour, so keep your eyes peeled for exciting developments on this front.
Floating shelves fit well with this look, as do quirky, over-sized pendant lamps from the likes of Louis Poulsen or Muuto. To add textures to walls, consider wallpaper. British brand Cole & Son has an fantastic selection (available at Altfield in Hong Kong). Also British, SplinterWorks creates sculptural-like, bespoke free‐standing kitchen elements that merit a look, while designer Lucy Turner reinvents pre-loved wooden furniture from the 1950s and 60s with the clever use of modern laser-cut laminates; these are available at Lane Crawford.
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