Oh yes, I have much more to show you from Milan!
When I’m talking some of these trends, keep in mind that European kitchens simply aren’t as large as North American. I remember designing a kitchen in Paris that would be considered a coat closet here. As such, Europeans have created a lot of interesting ideas for maximizing space. First off, sinks do double- and triple-duty: sink, counter, and workstation.
BLANCO didn’t have a booth at Eurocucina this year, but shared with us that 50% of the displays sinks at the show were BLANCO sinks. Given that the last EuroCucina stats indicated 160 exhibitors in over 26,000 square meters, that’s a lot of sinks and faucets! (By the way, 26,000 square meters works out to about 280,000 square feet, thank you very much. My feet are still whining.) European sinks are a bit different from North America: colanders and/or draining trays are more in use:
Check out this Silgranite sink with double drain trays:
I like the drain trays; I designed with them before I moved to California and I think they’re pretty handy. My clients are just starting to request colanders, and the cutting boards have been pretty standard for the past few years.
Two more designs that are fun to look at)
A raised lip design: This is ATTIKA, which was all over the EuroCucina booths. We’ve just got it now in the US, so will be interested to see which of my clients notices/wants it first.
Separate side-by-side sink bowls with the counter between them:
Also, as you see, a lot of rigid square corners similar to restaurant sinks. Truthfully, while I like the look, I’m not so great at getting into those corners; however, I sure appreciate the flush counter edges.
Could you see adapting some of these European styles?
Until next time,
*As a member of the BLANCO Design Council, my trip to Milan was provided courtesy of BLANCO America. I was not asked to write any posts, and all thoughts and ideas are unfortunately my own.