Sunday, May 25, 2014

Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 35

 "Beyond styles, colours, and materials, there are other important factors that contribute to creating a great kitchen. You may read or hear comments like ‘well-balanced kitchen’ or ‘harmonious play between colours and textures.’ The key aspect in these comments is harmony. In art, architecture, design, harmony is “the combination or adaptation of parts, elements, or related things so as to form a consistent and orderly whole. It can also be described as a combination of parts or details with each other so as to produce an aesthetically pleasing effect “(Arcy Art Original Oil Paintings Art Dictionary, n.d.). In the above-mentioned definition, harmony is described as the combination of the elements into a consistent and orderly whole. In the case of kitchen design, which are the elements we are dealing with?"
Extract from Module 11-Harmony, Balance, Symmetry
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 Gabriele Centazzo, designers and more ...
 Gabriele Centazzo
Designer, entrepreneur, visionary. Three definitions that make apt Gabriele Centazzo one of the undisputed guru of the kitchen that can boast, through the history of his company, "thirty years of sustainability" and a series of innovative solutions have fundamentally altered the ergonomics and the structure of the contemporary kitchen . 's mission of sustainability has resulted in the full respect of the fundamental principles of eco-compatibility - dematerialize, recycle, reduce toxic emissions, ensure long product life - to the point of proposing the lifetime warranty of the product by the withdrawal of the kitchen used to end of life. But the challenges continue to Gabriele Centazzo.





 Valcucine, Italy

The door of the kitchen program Riciclantica, the maximum expression of a design based on dematerialisation, consists of an extremely resistant structural aluminum frame and a sophisticated panel that is only 2mm thick. The use of special materials such as carbon, aluminum, steel or layered laminate, the very accurate planning of construction details, the interior of the new frame appears aesthetically pure without screws and hole caps, and a 'absolute resistance of all door versions to water, steam, heat, help to make the Riciclantica door unique in the furniture industry. Riciclantica is a kitchen designed to have a low environmental impact and represents the most advanced technology to express the shape of lightness. Thanks to the research and application of special innovative technologies respects the four basic principles of: minimal consumption of raw materials and energy, durability, recyclability, non-toxic finishes.

Artematica Vitrum Arte | Artedeisa - "Cow Chic"

With Artematica Vitrum Arte Valcucine has developed a special technique to create various designs on glass inlay: a highly technological process, which has its roots in the tradition of craftsmanship. 
Designs are cut on a special colored film and manually applied on the panels in tempered glass Valcucine that will make up the doors, the floors and sides of the kitchens. 
Decorate performed with patience and passion to make unique and inimitable every single composition. Upon matching the colors of the floor plans Smeg Valcucine are: cement matt, matt and hemp matt black chalkboard.

Riciclantica White Painted Aluminum

Riciclantica evolves. So its doors.
Thanks to the innovative process, the surface of the leaf is able to transmit to the eye and to the touch feeling of organic deformation: new shapes and volumes inspired by nature that make the leaf Riciclantica alive, as if the pulsating life in matter.
Suffice it to say 100% aluminum wing without screws: a device that translates into total recyclability and ultimate expression of the concept of dematerialization, even avoiding disassembly, A door at absolutely low environmental impact and preservation of heritage trees (85% reduction of material compared to a traditional door) thanks to the use of an aesthetic wooden panel, only 2 mm thick.

Artematica Bend | laminate with Grey Decor

High technology, formal simplicity, pure and essential lines are the main features of one of the most modern kitchens in the world,  even  in  the new version of Artematica curve.
Artematica curve is characterized by a sinuous line that runs seamlessly throughout the kitchen creating a game of concavity and convexity which promotes an ergonomic use of the environment. As with all programs Valcucine. Artematica curve can combine with all the product lines with the same Artematica Valcucine and giving the designer a freedom of design is unique in the world.
As in the original version version curve Artematica is constituted by a structural aluminum frame to which are applied to various types of panels of different materials: lacquered MDF, glass, steel. This system facilitates a reduction in weight resulting in longer life of the hinges, locking in a quieter, easier recyclability, reduced environmental impact.
Design Gabriele Centazzo with some customizations Alessandro Mendini.


2 Seamless Kitchens by Karim for Aran Cucine

No, this isn’t the cockpit of the Starship Enterprise, but it is a space-age looking, futuristic vision of the modern kitchen that utilizes the extraordinary properties of HI-MACS acrylic stone. The smooth, 100% non-porous surface is ideal for use in the kitchen. Easy to clean, hygienic and extremely resistant to heat and chemicals, it’s especially suitable for food handling.
Kook Kitchen – The exclusive concept of this kitchen is distinguished by sinuous silhouettes and an entirely innovative ergonomic design, which was made possible due to the unique properties of HI-MACS which proved essential to facilitate the shape and functional requirements of the fab kitchen. The worktop used in the Kook model, which is more than 90 cm deep, allows an improved layout of the hob and sink zones, as well as making it more user-friendly. The starring role of the ambitious project by Karim Rashid, aside from the latest-generation acrylic stone, is light, with LEDs arranged underneath the worktop, which highlight the magenta coloured aluminium groove. There are also LEDs inside the wall unit which illuminate the edge of the glass, giving the kitchen a dramatic appearance.
Karan Kitchen – The concept of Karan on the other hand, is based on an island, with a tapered silhouette, which encourages conviviality. When not in use, the mixer tap and LED light withdraw into the worktop. The simple addition of a multi-purpose chopping board which fits over the sink creates a handy dining area. Soft curves continue on the kitchen’s wall-mounted unit. An opening with rounded edges provides a space for cooking and food preparation within the unit. Owing to the excellent thermoformability properties of HI-MACS®, which make it possible to form the material into an infinite range of shapes, and realise any designer’s dream. Aran Cucine was able to produce, thanks to Karim Rashid’s visionary idea, two exclusive concepts featuring a soft and fluid design, of extraordinary beauty, whilst still adhering to hygiene and production issues.
Cabinet maker: Wonderful Kitchens
The owners of this new kitchen have a passion for American architecture that is reflected in their decision to choose a custom-designed Hamptons-style kitchen from Wonderful Kitchens. The dining table is an integral part of the island; it features fluted column legs with Federation blocks at the base.
Think of the Hamptons on Long Island and it's easy to conjure up an image of laid-back luxury and summer socialising.
It's an image that's also associated with a particular look – one re-created in this new kitchen designed and manufactured by Wonderful Kitchens. Designer Fred Tabet says the clients have a strong passion for American architecture, and have designed and furnished the rest of the interior to evoke the same feel. The kitchen not only brings together all the elements that capture the unique Hamptons look, but also teams these with all the functionality required by a busy family that loves to entertain.
The white cabinetry is detailed, without being over the top – there are glass display cabinets and decorative mouldings, including corbels, dentil crowns and fluted columns with Federation blocks. Wonderful Kitchens says much of its new business comes from word of mouth, and from clients who appreciate the friendly, professional service from a company that has a proven track record.
Snaidero al Salone del Mobile 2014

Snap shots from EuroCucina 2014

Minacciolo at EuroCucina 2014

Minacciolo reconfirms its presence this year again at EuroCucina, held every two years at the ‘Salone Internazionale del Mobile’ in Milan.
In occasion of this exhibition Minacciolo will celebrate its 40th Anniversary.


Valcucine New Logica System | Artematica Vitrum

Fitted kitchen with island, design by Gabriele Centazzo

Milan / April 8th to -13th / HALL 9 - STAND B09/ C12


kitchen design Ola 25 black

CODE EVOLUTION by Snaidero stands out as a kitchen with a vintage twist, decidedly industrial, with clear references to the Nordic style. This model has a strong impact due to the choice of materials, such as cement and Peltrox stainless steel, and the combination of elements with exposed screws, handles and accessory-holding bars.
Linear kitchen with island CODE EVOLUTION - Snaidero
 No, not really!

Unique Rustic Unusual Kitchen Cabinets Design and Island

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 34

 We are very pleased with the achievement of a new milestone in our school's development: Kitchen Design Academy was  recently Recognized by the International Accreditation & Recognition Council.
The International Accreditation and Recognition Council plays a vital role in ensuring quality standards relating to course content, delivery, assessment and administration are adhered to and maintained. 
IARC does not advise on courses or their suitability for individuals. IARC’s role as an independent recognition association is designed to give reassurance that the school has undergone relevant checks related to the post-secondary education industry in general terms. 
For course enquiries, please contact the school directly. For further information on accreditation or recognition, please see


Miki Astori

Born in Milan 1965, Miki Astori completed his studies as architect in 1991 and started to work as interior designer. In 1992 he moved to Paris where he started to collaborate with Philippe Starck, where he developes several product for different brand like Kartell, Flos, Xo, Cassina, Driade.
In 1995 he opened his office in Milano mainly operating in the area of furniture design, interior and architecture. In the same year is involved in the construction of a new brand for Driade where he is the main consultant and established a firm collaboration with the Company.
Besides Driade he is involved in collaboration with different companies as product designer and image consultant.
In 1997 kept on a long permanence in South East Asia in search of new suppliers for manufacturing object and furniture he creates. He settled down his headquarter in Thailand, visiting time to time Taiwan, Indonesia, China and Vietnam. During his stay he developed a new family of products balancing in the integration between a simple and elementary technology deriving form South Asian manufacture and the western industrial high standard quality. His preference is firmly oriented in the use of natural and traditional materials like rattan, wood, iron combined together in simple and clear structures.
Recently he is increasingly involved in project of architecture, interior and decorator design.

 Fucina kitchen


Kuoko kitchen


Lift – Modular Kitchen by Michel Cornu

Lift is a new kitchen concept that fulfills our daily needs for modular and dynamic systems. Apartments and houses are becoming smaller therefore we need to design products that are able to offer a lot and at the same time be compact. Our design features different sliding (up and down) modules containing all the necessary tools a kitchen must have. While your not working or cooking you can close the sliding units together and create different kinds of sideboards. Lift can be well positioned in a one bedroom apartment, in a studio, in a loft or in a open space kitchen / living room area.
Designer: Michel Cornu
Story by Colleen Hawkes
Photography by Andrew Ashton
Architect : Taras Wolf AIA, Wolf Architects (Chadstone, Vic)
Builder : David Toebelmann, Toebelmann Constructions
Kitchen manufacturer : Morcraft Kitchens
An architect's own home is a window on design for the 21st century – visually it may well be a conversation piece, but it can also demonstrate true functionality. There are many innovative ideas in this kitchen designed by owner-architect Taras Wolf of Wolf Architects. But at the heart of everything is a simplicity and purity of form that ensures the kitchen merges seamlessly with the rest of the open-plan interior.

"Because of its position, the kitchen is like a watch tower for the whole house," the architect says. "When I am polishing my classic cars in the dedicated office-display area at the opposite end of the living space, I can still talk to my wife in the kitchen. This connection was an important aspect of the design." Wolf specified a mix of white lacquer and walnut veneer cabinets. The doors and drawers all have recessed pulls, and the ventilation is concealed to provide flush, streamlined surfaces in keeping with the architecture. But it is the island-style peninsula that creates the kitchen‘s real centrepiece. "Caesarstone tops were chosen for durability, with an extra-large benchtop on the peninsula," says Wolf. "This has a long sharknose profile that extends back 100mm, rather than the standard 40mm. The bevelled edge gives the top the look of a large serving platter, and it is often used for just this purpose."

The sharknose profile also gives the benchtop a sculptural quality – it is a floating plane that enhances the sleek lines of the kitchen. On a practical level, it is ideal for socialising, providing a large counter for people to sit around. Wolf says he allowed extra depth on the benchtop in front of the sink, so plates can be placed there if required. A lowered bench at one end of the peninsula comprises glass over a coloured panel that can be changed should the family want a different colour accent. Additional bench space on the perimeter cabinets flows through to the outdoor kitchen, making it easy for food to be passed through. "Our family has an Asian heritage, and we like to do a lot of our cooking outdoors," says Wolf. "It feels as though we are in the tropics, albeit with an East meets West theme." Other key features of the kitchen include open shelving lined with walnut, which makes a dramatic contrast to the white cabinets. There is also a butler‘s pantry, and an appliance garage with a tambour door. For ease of use, this can be accessed both from the kitchen and butler‘s pantry. Wolf provided rubbish and recycling bins in the cabinetry – these can be emptied from outside the house. Because the owners follow the Asian custom of removing their shoes indoors, Wolf specified tactile floor surfaces. The living area features wood floorboards while the kitchen has a polished concrete floor. With its large openings to the outdoors, the kitchen also plays a role in ventilating the house – passive design ensures it is cool in summer and warm in winter.
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Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so what does your kitchen say about your style?

Winning Appliances sheds light on the latest design and technology trends that Australians can include in their homes.
Winning Appliances CEO David Crane explains, “The kitchen is where celebrations, family discussions and life happens – it’s the heart of the home. Just as your personal style reflects who you are, so too does your kitchen. Practical, beautiful and stylish can be expressed in many ways. We have compiled the top ten kitchen trends based on what's in demand right now and what consumers can expect to see in Winning Appliances showrooms in 2013”.
According to our experts, here are the top 10 Australian kitchen trends for 2013.

1. High-Tech

If you love your gadgets, there’s plenty of room for them in your kitchen. From unique LED lighting to appliances that can be altered to suit your needs or mood, technology has changed the way we think about appliances. Pop-up rangehoods and dishwashers hidden behind kitchen cabinetry are now possible, as well as combination ovens that offer over 100 cooking programs and induction cooktops that turn off automatically.

2. Retro

There are some things that never go out of style when it comes to kitchen design. Classic round lines, chrome accents a truly individual retro aesthetic. Add a pop of colour and have a bit of fun transforming your kitchen into a mix of yesterday’s looks with today’s technology.

3. Outdoor

Whether you’re hosting a party of a simple family dinner, there is no better place to do so than outdoors! Transform your alfresco space into another useable room, accessorising your BBQ cooking area with state-of-the-art appliances such as an outdoor dishwasher or wine cabinet so that you can spend more time in the sunshine instead of the kitchen.

4. Compact

When space is at a premium, you want your appliances to offer as much as possible. Creating a complete kitchen solution can be tricky in an apartment or other small space, so all-in-one and compact options mean that you don’t have to compromise on technology because of a smaller size.

5. White

The colour white has long been synonymous with appliances, but a new take on this idea has put the ‘white’ back into ‘whitegoods’. The reinvigorated tint has resulted in crisp exteriors of fridges and dishwashers being effortlessly integrated into contemporary kitchens. This look is far from boring, and is perfectly paired with touches of stainless steel for a clean and streamlined aesthetic.

6. Black

Why not make a statement with dark and glossy appliances? Not only do they look great, but they are practical too- hiding dirt and requiring little maintenance. The growing trend of ebony and charcoal appliances is changing the definition of ‘whitegoods’. Personality meets functionality for a stunning and sophisticated result, and you can add as much or as little as you like, from fridges, dishwashers to cast iron trivets on cooktops.

7. Family

Growing families need space and lots of it! Innovative design means that larger capacity fridges are no longer a bulky presence in the kitchen. Family-friendly appliances not only have to be budget-friendly, but they also have to offer a additional safety features, such as triple-glazed oven doors and child locks on dishwashers.

8. Country

The kitchen is often the heart of the home, and there is nothing more heart-warming than the country trend. New technology with a touch of vintage is encapsulated in an upright cooker, which is ideal for preparing Sunday roasts for the family. Appliances such as a built-in rangehood or refrigerator can be cleverly disguised behind your custom cabinetry, while wine cabinets offer a sophisticated option for storing beverages.

9. Industrial

Homeowners are increasingly looking to bring professional quality into their own kitchens. Statement rangehoods matched with large cookers and ovens help to tie the robust stainless steel look together, while the extra cooking capacity allows you to create restaurant quality meals in your own home. Cast iron trivets and easy to reach burner controls offer precision, allowing you to take your cooking to the next level.

10. Modern

This sleek and contemporary aesthetic is a timeless look that many people now choose. Clean lines such as stainless steel combine with some of the latest in kitchen innovation to produce a modern space. Built-in appliances, pyrolitic ovens and eye-catching rangehoods are all synonymous with this trend, while black ceramic cooktops offer a modern twist on the kitchen staple.
The Japanese architect—and winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize—is working with Muji on a new endeavor: using furniture as a module for prefabricated houses. Below is the livingroom and kitchen area.