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Eurocucina trend: Industrial Vibe

I’m still processing the photos and impressions of the Furniture Fair/Kitchen Show (Salone del Mobile/Eurocucina) from Milan last week.

Without a doubt, this is one of the best shows I’ve attended. While I attended as a member of the BLANCO Design Council, I’m already making plans to attend another show in the future? Why? The exhibitors are not afraid to push the envelope in creative ways. In some ways, they have more license to do so — even the smallest booths are larger than North American displays. However, not every inch needs to be filled with product. I saw a lot of greenery at this show–plants, flowers, and even ponds.

To give you a little sense of this, take a look at this short video. What you’re seeing is the center of a booth from Minaccio10: An indoor rainfall spilling down onto a corroded metal island in the middle of a tropical pond. How’s this for an eye-catcher?

 

The rest of the booth was similarly thought out. This is a nod to an alternative 1900s Paris and maybe Jules Verne, with an eye towards industrial metals and feature controls, and combined with a hint of whimsy and in the case of the dining areas, a bit of elegance. The industrial trend is nothing new, but it was fun to see such a strong flavoring all in one booth.

Painted metal island with industrial shut off controls.  Not to every taste perhaps but I can visualize some spaces where it would be beautiful

Painted metal island with industrial shut off controls. Not to every taste perhaps but I can visualize some spaces where it would be beautiful.

Stock pots as pendant lights

Whimsey #1: Stock pots as pendant lights. Not something we’ll ever see; just a fun element to make show attendees look and comment.

This hood fan might not be most practical but would fit into a steampunk kitchen just fine.

Whimsey #2: This hood fan might not be most practical but would fit into a steampunk kitchen just fine.

Continuing with the water/industrial theme: a new meaning to vessel sinks.

Whimsey #3: Continuing with the water/industrial theme: a new meaning to vessel sinks.

Check out this nod to turn-of-the-century cabinets.

A re-interpretation of turn-of-the-century cabinets.

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Dining room vignette: A lot of design at the show features beautiful finishes on the interior as much as the exterior. Also note the light – perfectly in keeping with the rest of the booth.

Some of the elements I would take away from this for my clients would be colors. We don’t have the loft styles or older buildings that some of this style would go so well with. I’m thinking that we’re also going to be seeing a lot more matte finishes in our future, especially black. Go back and look at the photos again and note how few shiny finishes there are.

What do you think?

Until next time,

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  1. Personally, I much prefer a matt finish on items, always have. I’m not big on the industrial look, but that’s just me. Probably a result of growing up poor and drinking water out of jam jars converted into glasses. OK, not that bad, but almost! But looking at those industrial shutoff valves takes me back to a place I don’t want to go to!

    • I feel the same way about the current fascination with rough logs as paneling, tables, floors. We used it because we had to.

  2. These displays seem to be more about creating mood and illustrating concept as opposed to selling. Selling product is viewed as an inevitable outcome of those experiences.

    But yeah, that painted island is bad-ass.

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