Who:Hacker and AzuleWhat We Noticed: This red kitchen was one of the last things I saw at EuroCucina, and it stopped me in my tracks. It had modern lines, but was softened by the raised relief pattern on the drawers. And those tiles on the back wall — wow! I discovered they are from a cement (encaustic) tile company in the Netherlands. The kitchen is part of a new line from Hacker called 'Identity,' designed by Claudia Klein Zeggelink. Hard to express how beautiful this whole scene was in person. More photos below...
Who:Caesarstonequartz countertopsWhat We Noticed: Caesarstone had a big white booth gleaming with one of their new textured quartz materials: Crocodile! This was rather glam when covering drawers and cabinets, but we couldn't imagine having a textured material like this on the countertop! Click through for more photos...
Who:ElectroluxWhat We Noticed: We already mentioned these modular gas burners from Electrolux, but we also wanted to point out this black brushed steel dishwasher finish. Sleek and clean, like stainless steel, but look Ma — no fingerprints! It has a really interesting and pleasing texture — we'd be very happy to see this join glossy white as a new standard appliance finish.
Who:Alpes Inox, Italian kitchen design
What We Noticed: This modestly-sized stainless steel cabinet didn't look like much... until we opened it and found practically a whole kitchen inside! Read on for more info and photos.
Who:Elmar, Italian kitchens
What We Noticed: This oversized red hood flares out over an open stainless steel unit, incredibly slim (how does the gas get in?). These paired with the red and white floor tiles give this kitchen a delightfully playful yet modern and functional feel. Loved it! Read on to see more photos.
Who:LiebherrWhat We Noticed: A fridge with a slate-like door! We're seeing lots of natural stone used in interesting ways at EuroCucina. This fridge from Liebherr, known for their tall slim apartment refrigerators, has what feels like a vinyl door — but it looks like natural slate. It was really striking in person. What do you think of it?
Who:MieleWhat We Noticed: We've been saying it; here's more proof: Glossy white appliances are the new stainless steel. German appliance-maker Miele put some gorgeous glossy white pieces front and center at EuroCucina. Click through for more photos — including one of the prettiest fridges we've seen in a long time.
Who:ElectroluxWhat We Noticed: Electrolux is showing some sweet cooktops, and we'll look at them again soon (hello, gas-on-glass!). Here, a first peek at something more unusual: Modular hobs. The option of installing one (or more) single sleek gas burners, anywhere, opens up some interesting ideas for small or inconveniently-shaped spaces, don't you think? Click through for more photos!
Who:Scavolini, Italian-designed kitchens
What We Noticed: These smart, wide drawers are designed to make maximum use of the space around a sink bowl in a cabinet. These drawers don't let any space go to waste. Click through to see (much!) larger photos.
The Kitchn is in Europe this week, covering the big European kitchen design trade show: EuroCucina! Look for lots of updates over the next few days from Milan — much European design deliciousness to come. Read on for another pic of the massive fairgrounds!