Did you know that one of the earliest pioneers in generating some design principles to a kitchen space was Catharine Beecher. In her book called A Treatise on Domestic Economy for the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School, published in 1843, she draws up a kitchen plan based on intuitive ergonomics: windows by the sink, workbenches of the same height, generous shelving, and very clearly dedicated storage spaces for the common items (Noe 2011).
Born in Venice in 1950, has always shown interest in developing the arts in general with a strong aptitude for artistic studies. A passion for form and color is expressed and strengthened through studies conducted under the guidance of Alberto Viani prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. In the mid-seventies is established the first Advanced Course in Industrial Design sponsored by the Faculty of Architecture, which is actively involved. In subsequent years is revealed as designer with considerable creative skills and aesthetic sense: the projects are never the result of trivial technical intuition but the perfect combination of form, function, industrialization and exaltation of expressive capabilities of the material covered is composed of the same project. The quest for simplification and while the selection and definition of detail the project define the dictates of his way of doing design: the creative process result-objects are projects with clean lines, strong and always in context to the current socio-political moment without forgetting historical and geographical components.
His kitchen and bathroom designs are produced by Lago , Ultom Italia, GD Cucine.
DOLMEN - part of the Convivio collection, this kitchen unit was born of the union between the Italian furniture company Lando and Enzo Berti.
GD was founded in 1969 by Giuseppe Dolfo, and has built a reputation throughout Europe by making kitchens that easily combine living, cooking and dining entertainment that brings together family and friends. The collection is now available to the US market through an 8,000 square foot, two level flagship showroom in Chelsea. GD prides itself on making kitchens of the finest quality that will outlive the homes in which they are placed. In addition to wood, GD uses an array of materials, from stainless steel and aluminum lacquer, laminate, glass and stone. GD does not stop at the kitchen. As walls come down to make the kitchen a part of the living space, GD has developed its cabinetry to address these other storage palette and great needs, with style. For their bathrooms, GD manipulates their kitchen designs to create beautiful accessories to augment the space experience. GD brings to its customers a rich material technical expertise, from factories adhering to state of the art environmental practice. No matter the style, or area of the home being addressed, GD will build a place from which fond memories are made of.
2D Smart Kitchen is a wall mounted kitchen concept that hosts interactive modules and appliances. This full set of kitchen appliances automatically prepares your meals and gives you ample space and time, whist cooking you the perfect meal. The entire wall is an interactive touch screen and showcases recipes and the ingredients.
All the doors of the machines are made from illuminated glass.
On the touch screen wall you can adjust colors and brightness levels to suit your mood.
Architect and kitchen designer : Preston Stevens, NZIA, 2Architecture Studio (Queenstown) Kitchen manufacturer : Wedgewood Joinery
With the advantage of spectacular views over the mountains and lake, large windows were clearly integral to the design of this new home. Architect Preston Stevens designed a living pavilion in the centre of the home to maximise views and sun. At one end, sliding doors open onto a balcony overlooking the lake while at the other end and on one side, bifolding doors off the living areas connect to terraces. On balmy days, the whole space can be opened up.
For environmental control, a freestanding block wall creating a partial screen between the sitting room and kitchen area and another behind the masonry fireplace act as passive thermal mass storage devices, moderating the temperature in the open-plan space. As the owners like to cook and entertain, the kitchen and living functions had to flow.
"With its simple, social island design, the kitchen looks like a piece of furniture. It is carefully and deliberately laid out to meet the owners' brief, and can be closed down to conceal the functions of the kitchen," says Stevens. "One owner wanted to have breakfast at the breakfast bar, while enjoying the view of the mountains and lake."
imm cologne is the most important furnishing fair in the global primary furnishing market. Right from the beginning of every year the trade fair presents the new international furniture trends and surprises with numerous marketable innovations. The broad range on offer is combined with high standards of quality and an excellent presentation of the products. The fair also provides an effective platform for young designers. The trade visitors value the trade fair's pronounces business atmosphere and high standards of organisation and services. The days of the fair that are also open to end-consumers provide the exhibitors with ample opportunity for product and market tests, the consumers find information and suggestions. In close connection with the extensive programme of events that will take place all over the city of Cologne, imm cologne is for one week the center of the international worlds of furnishings and design.
"Meanwhile it is almost standard practice for modern floor plans to factor in the way the kitchen, dining and living areas are growing together. Open-plan live-in kitchens where the dining table plays a key role are determining the way kitchen design is evolving as well. This is also evident from the way the kitchen is converging with the classic furnishing sector, a development that has made a great step forward with the new LivingKitchen fair (every two years, parallel to the imm cologne). But the growing role of pleasurable body and health care also calls for a more central position for the bathing zone. "
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Liliana Leone and Luca Mazzarri graduated in architecture in Genova, in Italy, where they have been living since now. In 1988 they have founded their design workshop,archifax architect associates, starting by collaborating with the most famous companies in the furniture field, focusing on design and interior decoration of public spaces, and on advertising as well. They projected decoration for the most famous companies in design field, as Move, Berloni, Falegnami, Ciat, Fimes, Laurameroni, Nardi, Composit, Lema, Ferlea, Novamobili, Snaidero for which hey designed the Los Angeles showroom. They are in charge of the main design show-fairs, like EUROCUCINE in Milan, in Paris, Colonia and Moskov, projecting stand and production places. In 1995, during the International competition of ideas organized by the Eurocucine in Milan “Young & Design”, they have been awarded of the project of the bed “Altomare” by Firmes. In 1998 they attended, on invitation, to the the First Biennal of Design in Sant’Etienne, introducing some prototypes about containers and bed produced by “La Falegnami”.In 2004 they won the International Competition for the reshape of the “Chiavarina Chair” and in 2006, with the “Led Runner” lamp, they won the International Competition arranged by the Belgian company “Deltalight” for a new concept of Led illuminating body. They teach at the college of architecture in Genova, where they attended courses about design and communication workshop. He designs kitchens for Composit Cucine Italy.
The company was founded in 1925 in Caldogno with the name of its founder, Silvio Fortuna Senior , who resumed the business started by his great-grandfather in 1816 but stopped after a century because of the war. It is a workshop specializing in woodworking, with a vocation for quality. In 1960 the company became "Arclinea Kitchens", where Arc stands for Rational Modular Furniture and moves towards series production, leaving the size craft, dedicating all energy production kitchen furniture and assuming a precise positioning in the industry. Today Arclinea is a prestigious brand, internationally recognized, and has selected specialist outlets worldwide.
Arclinea has 8 major collections with large variety of compositions. Here are some of them:
With Spatia the kitchen is increasingly the centre of the home. A kitchen that evolves and becomes discreet. Bringing a new angle to interiors, pushing living horizons to conceal its functions, Spatia elegantly and harmoniously suggests a modern landscape for the home.
Compositions 1 and 4
Lignum e Lapis
(Stone and Wood)
The main players of Lignum et Lapis are stone and wood: materials that enhance exclusive design and project creativity. Formal and technological research lies at the basis of islands, worktops and workbenches in stone: true physical industrial sculptures.
Italia is a professional kitchen for the home, perfect for home chefs who want to experience restaurant-style performance within their own four walls. Italia has 3 possible compositions.
Compositions 2 and 3
Gamma by Arclinea is the totally modern kitchen concept that is now part of the Arclinea Collection, expanding the range and providing simple, flexible, clear answers to the most up-to-date, diverse design needs. It teams the primary values of Arclinea - quality, functionality, customisation and socialising - with a huge selection of finishes, almost unlimited potential combinations and a wide range of prices. Gamma has 5 possible compositions.
Space crunch + kitchen has always equals to a compromised kitchen. Maybe Australian houses don't have this problem. Realistically speaking, designer Massimo Facchinetti has nailed it with his Ecooking vertical kitchen. This single module kitchen is a hub for sustainable cooking. The technologies of the project highlight energy-saving systems, and come integrated with an internal retrieval of energy system. This is achieved thanks to the close proximity and interaction of appliances with each other and the exchange of heat and moisture.
The electrical elements of the kitchen are powered by the energy produced by solar panels.
On one side of the kitchen module there is placed a small vertical garden, which allows the cultivation of aromatic plants for daily use.
The water coming from the sink is filtered and reused in the dishwasher; then undergoes a second filtering process and is used to water the plants in the vertical greenhouse.
A retractable tap that disappears into the sink.
Large refrigerator, an integrated cooking system (induction hob and microwave), systems for rinsing and washing (sink and dishwasher with adequate capacity).
The rotating hood contains a light that follows you while operating around the column and softens in different shades at lunchtime and when using the extractable tables.
In the hood the air treatment system, based on nanomaterials of titanium dioxide, it purifies the ambient air and is capable of purifying a medium sized room in a few hours.
Perhaps the biggest lifestyle change since the turn of the 20th century and today has been in our relationship with interior space. While we are happy to live in open-plan spaces, our Victorian-era predecessors preferred to be closed in. Not surprisingly, homes from that time are a conglomeration of contained rooms designed to serve a sole purpose. The kitchen, for example, was just that, somewhere to prepare food.
Nowadays it would be uncommon to find such a kitchen in a contemporary home, which is one of the reasons the owners of the featured property wanted to open their kitchen to the dining room, says architect Nicholas Murray. "The house is a freestanding Victorian home that was undergoing an extensive renovation and the owners wanted to create a connection between the kitchen and adjoining rooms.
Murray lowered the original ceiling in this area to create a bulkhead to house air-conditioning services. A load-bearing column replaces the walls as a support for the ceiling and provides visual interest. The only other addition to the kitchen is an overhead display cabinet. "The idea for the cabinet actually came about after the space was opened up. The clients decided the space was too open and required an element that would add to the architectural styling of the kitchen without impeding the visual flow."
The layout within the kitchen area has remained the same. Murray has even replaced an existing butcher's block with an island of the same dimensions. "The clients were happy with how the kitchen itself performed, so very few changes needed to be made within the space," says Murray. "Additional storage and bench space were sought: both have been addressed, and added amenity was also a consideration." Murray opted for an open pantry for ease of access, and the island – aside from providing extra storage – helps break the space into working zones. Two sinks add to the functionality of the kitchen.
"The restrained material palette and minimal detailing help reinforce the sense of space – although at 20m2, the kitchen is far from small," says Murray. "The colour scheme was decided after the design was complete, and ties in nicely with the original features and modern styling."
Story by Justin Foote Photography by Andrew Ashton
Created in 1974, EuroCucina - the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition - runs concurrently with the International Bathroom Exhibition in the broader context of the Saloni during the even-numbered years at the Milan Fairgrounds in Rho, bringing together in the same place the top Italian and foreign manufacturers. EuroCucina has an infinite range of ideas and solutions on offer for a domestic space that is not just functional, but is becoming more and more of a place for socialising. The mores of the kitchen rub shoulders with the new rituals of modern-day life. Matchless quality and maximum durability are what the consumer is after.
EuroCucina, with 160 exhibitors occupying over 26,000 square metres, is Europe's only major trade show in the field. Its success is also attested by the number of professional visitors - 292,370, more than 60% of whom from foreign nations - the 6,484 communication operators and the over 39,000 visitors from the general public.
EuroCucina is supplemented by the collateral event, “FTK - Technology for the Kitchen”, a showcase for the built-in appliance sector and cooker hoods and the various products, prototypes and ideas for the kitchen of the future.
The next EuroCucina will be held from 8 to 13 April 2014.