Salone del Mobile.Milano 2016 – Overview and Trends

Overview from FTK  Technology For the Kitchen
The future within reach

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A multitude of new generation design pieces, brought together by their functional design, excellent performance, focus on modern lifestyles and eco-friendly approach, with technical solutions that are ready to use and extremely simple to operate and where innovation becomes increasingly connected and integrated.


The family of Airforce aspira induction products are a perfect combination of induction cooktop and downdraft kitchen hood and also leading the way in energy saving.

Elements by ASKO has already won both a Red Dot Award and a Good Design Award, and is a state-of-the-art range of cooking appliances that are a delight to operate.

Fusion by Barazza integrates 3 different cooking systems in a single stainless steel unit.

Bertazzoni’s Professional Series Segmented Cooktop enables the cooker to be tailored to individual needs, with a choice of gas hob, induction hob and Teppenyaki plate.

Miele’s new TempControl induction hobs thanks to an exclusive sensor system monitors the technical characteristics of the saucepans, maintaining a constant ideal temperature at all times.

Nardi’s 60 Flat Line built-in hobs are equipped with high efficiency burners, with energy ratings of 65%, making for much lower gas consumption and uniform heat distribution.

Rosières presents Pro cooktops optimise precision during cooking and the new pyrolytic ovens are equipped with the exclusive Chef-Panel for maximum uniformity of cooking.

Lower energy consumption and top performance are ensured with Smeg’s gas cooktops, endowed with an innovative laminar flame that keeps heat dispersion to a minimum, thus boosting performance.

The SmartCook range of induction hobs by Whirlpool provides an assisted cooking experience with a combination of advanced 6th sense technology, modern design and intuitive touch interface. It has 40 cooking programmes and step-by-step recipe guidance.


Downdraft extractor fans, physics applied according to the basic principles of the mechanics of fluids, characterise the range of Bora extractors.

Snap by Elica is the first “Air Quality Balancer”, an innovative extractor system that monitors and improves air quality.

Faber’s innovative Talìka is a true “window above the cooker”. The special Nautilus technology makes it possible to develop the first truly vertical hood, reminiscent of the new generation flat screens.

Improved air quality in all domestic spaces, not just in the kitchen and by means of new types of product? This can now be achieved thanks to Falmec’s E.ion® technology, as evidenced by the new Bellaria lamp primarily conceived to purify the air.

SubZero’s range of Integrated fridges and freezers include an exclusive air purification system developed in collaboration with NASA, which eliminates ethylene, bacteria, viruses and odours. This filter ensures that food stays fresh up to four times longer than in standard systems.

Sliding Doors is the new handmade hood by Gutmann: fitted with automatic flaps, it works as both an extractor and a filter. 


Candy Full Touch: a simple touch displays all the functions thanks to a door-integrated display touch system, which enables video-recipes to be viewed on its maxi display screen.

Electrolux’s new CombiSteam Pro Smart steam oven with integrated video camera means that dishes can be monitored during cooking from any position by means of the My Electrolux App, which can also start the cooking process remotely.

Franke’s large multifunction Frames FS 913 M oven can cook up to 4 dishes simultaneously with no intermingling of aromas or taste; the patented Dynamic Cooking Technology guarantees optimum heat control.

Fulgor’s Creactive is more than one single product, it is an evolution of the operating systems of all ovens: lower energy consumption, assisted cooking and special functions such as multi-level pizza baking at 350°C.

Wolf’s M series ovens are the only ovens fitted with a dual convection system, guaranteeing uniform heat distribution and shorter heating up times.



Ease of use and perfect results, as well as technological solutions conceived with the greatest respect for environmental resources, including water and energy: the range of Bosch products appeals to anyone keen on technology for practical everyday solutions.

Extremely high quality craftsmanship and pioneering research into new concepts inform the philosophy and products brought out to celebrate Gaggenau’s 333 years in business.

Thanks to its revolutionary control panel, enabling induction hob, dishwasher and cooker hood to be operated from a single interface, VUX (Virtual User Experience) by Grundig takes the operation of domestic appliances to a whole new level.

Hoover’s Wizard collection consists entirely of WiFi connected home appliances.

The Freddy blast chiller using patented Irinox technology combines fast chilling and slow cooking, providing 9 innovative functions.

The very best technology can only work perfectly when it acts as a support to those wishing to fulfil their ideas: this is Neff’s philosophy, underpinning a highly intuitive cooker.

Copper and carbon are the new finishes for Liebherr’s CoolVision design, giving substance to the interaction between colours, shapes and materials.

Siemens has also brought out functional products, harnessing cutting edge technology, enabling the everyday to become extraordinary.

International Bathroom Exhibition 2016 – Overview and Trends 

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The 2016 International Bathroom Exhibition is opening during what is a positive spell for a growing sector. It is fair to say that, of all the parts of the home, the crisis has had less of an impact on the more specialised ones and they, in particular, have been less affected by competition from generic mass distribution. It is also abundantly clear that of all the domestic spaces, it is the bathroom that has undergone a total revolution, from service area to wellness room, from an “unseen” room to one worthy of “display”. All this requires significant technological and formal advances.

Paraphrasing the name of a container collection devised by Carlo Colombo for Antonio Lupi, Bespoke is undoubtedly one of the winning concepts of this edition.
Bathrooms, too, are being “made to measure.” Laufen’s SaphirKeramik, for example, an extremely fine material, already used in products by designers of the calibre of Grcic and Nguyen, is now proposed for customisable situations.

Matteo Ragni’s Anfibio design for Azzurra is evidence of another trend: destined largely for the workplace, there are holders inside the sink and behind it, for soap dispensers and so on. Practical and operational solutions such as these alternate with others in which the focus is on body care and wellness, obviously targeted at a quite different and fairly high end market: Comfort Shower and Leg Shower, a very distinctive and unusual “seated” shower experience by Sieger Design for Dornbracht, undoubtedly falls into the latter category. Rodolfo Dordone and Michele Angelini’s BodyLove for Effegibi is aimed at the same target group: this is a combined sauna and hammam system, harnessing sophisticated materials such as Corian, Botticino and ash, transforming bathroom fittings into actual micro-architecture.

Talking specifically about the design of sanitary ware and taps, Arik Levy’s freestanding Emerso bathtub with its high backrest for Kaldewei is characterised by an eye-catching rim that flows asymmetrically, just as the handles of the Duet tap by Mario Tessarolo for CEA, are a particular geometric combination of circle and square. In the field of radiators, the classical image of the heating unit is constantly reworked: Rift, by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba with Matteo Fiorini for Tubes, breaks it up into a series of “objects” for both vertical and horizontal use, while Andrea Crosetta, for Antrax It, has compacted it (Lobello).

Lastly, another trend, aimed yet again at a niche market, is for outdoor bathroom facilities, communing with nature. Zucchetti.Kos has come up with a “single” version of the Wazebo design for Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, a mini shower pavilion for outdoor use. 

EuroCucina 2016 – Overview and Trends

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While it has proved necessary to add a new division devoted to luxury inside the furnishing pavilions, in order to respond to a growing trend, a similar mechanism would appear superfluous at EuroCucina. For some while, the quest for material and formal sophistication in the kitchen equipment sector has reached extraordinary heights. It is probably fair to say that the kitchen space has now become an accepted status symbol. Materials that were once the preserve of living rooms, from precious marbles to exotic woods, are now frequently employed. But the research does not stop here: unlike living areas, kitchens are the subject of ongoing efforts to make technology increasingly efficient and “silent.”

In its Genius Loci system Valcucine, for example, has employed a “V-Assistant” touchpad that works as a “wellness hub”.

Technological research into materials has also been ongoing, as seen in Arclinea’s harnessing of the new PVD process, which gives a particularly durable colour to steel. The range of colour, as evidenced in Italia, designed by Antonio Citterio, does not merely include stainless steel, but also bronze, copper and champagne.

On the subject of the composition of fitted kitchens, the Belgian architects Vincent van Duysen, regarded as a master of the minimalist approach, has redesigned Dada’s successful Hi-Line kitchen, with an assured mixture of natural stone, black aluminium and different sorts of wood. In an equally dry and elegant approach, Giuseppe Bavuso’s L-Lab for Ernestomeda is a large expanse of alternating filled and unfilled spaces, inspired by the syntax of industrial kitchens. The Japanese company Sanwa, making its first appearance at EuroCucina, also subscribes to this technical and formal merger. Another Japanese, the master Makio Hasuike, has designed an interesting and mysterious black monolith for Aran Cucine.

Equally, there is no shortage of references to the past: Snaidero, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has entrusted Massimo Iosa Ghini with the Frame project, reprising the concept of the great traditional Italian kitchens. Speaking of tradition, the most evocative kitchen component is indubitably the dresser, often disconnected from the fitted kitchen to become a representative element in its own right once more.

Overview and Trends from Salone Internazionale del Mobile and International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition 2016

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As with every edition, it is at the Salone del Mobile.Milano that the real innovations are presented, those pieces destined to mark both the history and the market of furniture. New trends are born at the Salone, new talents are recognised and, equally, positions and strategies are consolidated.

In 2016, a sense of renewed security has led to the submission of pieces of indubitable global impact: Konstantin Grcic has come up with the Remo chair for Plank, with a plastic shell, underscoring the value of the series.

Jaimé Hayón’s plastic (polypropylene loaded with air moulded fibreglass) Milà chair for Magis takes on ironic values, officially in the name of Catalan modernism, with a nod to cartoon strips.

The essential lines of the small Piuma armchair by Piero Lissoni for Kartell conceal a new and revolutionary injection moulded thermoplastic polymer compounded with carbon fibres.

The Belgian architect Vincent van Duysen has designed the sophisticated outline of the small Marlon armchair for Poliform, proof that luxury is not a matter of ornamentation but is all down to design and quality materials.

Equally spare and lyrical is the “fluid” Sag stool proposed by Nendo for MDF Italia.

As we have seen, technological innovation also has a major part to play in the furnishing sector. In terms of environmental comfort first and foremost. Caimi Brevetti, for instance, is presenting Bemolle, along with Alessandro and Francesco Mendini, a wall drape to all extents and purposes, but with powerful sound absorption qualities. Equally, virtuosity has come to the fore, involving more advanced processes:

Arik Levy has come up with a what looks like a “liquid” marble lamp for Citco (Splash) and the young designer Giorgio Bonaguro has translated the Oriental influences of the cupolas of St Basil into glass (Red Square) for Driade.

3D printing is no longer simply a prototyping tool, as evidenced by the sculptural petal-shaped base of the Asterias table by Patricia Urquiola for Molteni&C.

In order to respond to a growing trend it has proved necessary to add a new division devoted to luxury – xLux- – inside the furnishing pavilions representing an exclusive living experience, the elegance of timeless luxury reworked in a contemporary key. A great many manufacturers, who started off producing classical or design products, have embraced this new typology, which represents a synthesis of the two categories, making for linear products embellished with details, finishings and warmer, softer materials; there will be a strong presence of leading fashion brands.

Of the recurrent emotions of the last few years, the nostalgia expressed in two different ways in 2016 needs to be flagged up. On one hand, the vogue for re-editions has brought past masterworks to light: Carl Hansen & Søn’s CH 22 armchair, designed in 1950 by Hans J. Wegner and distinguished by its solid wood joints, while Knoll International is celebrating a double anniversary, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harry Bertoia and the 50th anniversary of the Platner Collection, by encasing the unforgettable masterpieces by these giants of American design in 18 ct. gold. The 70 years of Ilmari Tapiovaara’s Domus Chair are celebrated expressively by Artek: this chair was one of the first Finnish products to win America over and won the American Good Design Award in 1950 under the iconic name of Finnchair. Other past Italian masters enjoying renewed and unstoppable success undoubtedly include Joe Colombo, whose eternally futuristic Tube Chair now features in the Cappellini catalogue.


From a different perspective, however, nostalgia means referencing styles of the past. Sometimes even a recent past, like the ‘80s, as in the Virna chair designed by Mario Mazzer for Alma Design, while fine Scandinavian design is openly cited in Gamfratesi’s Voyage chair for Porro.

The voyage can, however, carry on even further, in the direction of India and its ancient Dhurrie carpets, reprised in a contemporary key by Nanimarquina.

Traditional Japanese architectural touches feature in the Lloyd collection by Jean Marie Massaud for Poltrona Frau, playing entirely on the shadows and fragmentation of the backrests.

This is the year in which the Triennale Design Museum is celebrating women designers, and Konstantin Grcic has paid his own homage to two pioneers of the female approach to design, Charlotte Perriand and Eileen Gray: his Ulisse daybed for ClassiCon harnesses the elegant simplicity of Modernism.

There is no lack of typological surprises, for instance in Kartell’s seating, with Piero Lissoni’s Largo, the first real divan in the lengthy history of this leading company, while Segis Bartoli Design have come up with an aluminium bench with thick trapezoidal backrests reminiscent of floating icebergs. The Sofa in Sight project by the British company SCP is interesting and, to a certain extent, “recapitulatory.” Six of its famous designers (Michael Anastassiades, Konstantin Grcic, Faudet-Harrison, Matthew Hilton, Lucy Kurrein and Terence Woodgate) were asked to reflect on what a divan should represent today: the responses were intriguing and all very different.

Lastly, promotions from SaloneSatellite, the real testbed of young design, to the catalogues of leading companies are more and more frequent. Take, for instance, the small double drop-shaped Imago table by the Norwegian Mikael Pedersen (1983) for Living.