The kitchen has always been the heart of the home and with homeowners requesting even more flexible use of spaces, the open floor plan and use of the kitchen for working and entertaining isn’t going to decrease any time soon. With the demand for flexible space I’m also seeing a rise in the request for smart storage solutions.
A great new product, recently launched at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando is the WineSteward by Vinotemp.
Aside from being able to store, cool, preserve and conveniently dispense wine from four bottles like the high-end restaurant style wine dispensing systems, I love that the unit can be built-in – well, maybe. ( I’ll get more into that later.) Continue reading “Introducing the Winesteward”
Open Floor Plans and new technology have helped the kitchen become a more social space.
Open floor plans not only maximize available space and eliminate wasted space, they make rooms more flexible and inviting. Food preparation, eating, lounging, entertainment and children playing all occur within the same undivided space.
Now a new cooking concept allows social cooking to be accomplished with ease in the smallest of spaces. German Designer Moritz Putzier presented his graduate project, the Cooking Table; at IMM Cologne 2015 and won first prize in the Pure Talents Contest – a contest aimed at acknowledging the work of young students and recent graduates who have developed a product or system that addresses the area of interior innovation.
“My work is focused on the creation of the experience not on the food itself,” said Putzier. “Traditional and original values are picked up and transformed into the present time.”
Putzier incorporated a hidden cooktop into a long, wooden dining table that can be used for preparing and cooking meals, dining, working or studying at. The table pulls apart to reveal a track where the gas burner can be attached on the top with a gas tank below. The burners can slide along the top allowing the user to add as many as they need.
The Cooking Table comes with a couple of wooden stools and a set of ceramic bowls that can be used for storage or serve as heat shields for the hot burners. The lids conveniently double as cutting boards.
I really like the concept and the approach Putzier took in creating his graduate project. Perhaps we’ll this on a Kickstarter page in the future for the American market.
If you’re into kitchen and bath design, you probably heard the term “kitchen furniture” before as it pertains to free-standing cabinetry. But, are you familiar with “Bar furniture?”
On display at EuroCucina – International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition in Milan April 8-April 13 will be DIAMOND “Cheers Hour” from Brummel Cucine.
Diamond “Cheers Hour” shares the unique bombe island shape from the Brummel Papillon Kitchen Collection, created by Bassano Del Grappa.
Handmade by artisans in Bassano Del Grappa, Italy, “Cheers Hour” is a masterpiece in glossy white perfection.
The glass island top slides open to reveal its functional side. The center of the island also moves and slides forward to create a bar ledge and reveal two wells – one for bottles, the other for stemware.
In addition to the sink and cooktop, the island also has an ice maker. No pricing information was given.
Created in 1974, EuroCucina – International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition takes place in Milan, Italy. The trade show is biennial, with SALONE INT. DEL MOBILE, Salone Int. del Complemento d’Arredo and Salone Int. del Bagno.
Some 2,400 exhibitors are expected, bringing all the very latest furnishing solutions to Milan. 130 leading Italian and foreign kitchen manufacturers will be exhibiting at the 20th edition of EuroCucina, International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition, ranged over 25,000o square metres, in the four dedicated pavilions: 9-11, 13-15.
EuroCucina’s collateral event, FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) – 35 exhibitors, in over 9,800 square meters (Pavilion 9-11) devoted to built-in domestic electrical appliances and cooker hoods, is back again, showcasing products, prototypes and designs for kitchens of the future. FTK has also acquired major new exhibitors, such as Arçelik (Beko) and Sub Zero Group (SubZero, Wolf), underscoring its prestige.
The show also has a Free App – Salone del Mobile.Milano 2014 – iOS and Android
The app features the list of exhibitors (organized by event, pavilion and category), location of the stands, floorplan of the Fairgrounds, and schedule of events.