A la carte kitchens
Never before have kitchens been so customisable. Take inspiration from these trends to create your own.
01: The defining feature of the Open kitchen, designed by Pierro Lissoni for Italian home design company Boffi, is its use of stainless steel. What we love, however, is the contrast of the industrial stainless-steel aesthetic with more rustic features like the old copper pots and timber chopping blocks, which add warmth to what could otherwise be a clinical choice in kitchen design.
‘To create a kitchen it’s necessary to work with many different materials, from wood and steel to marble and aluminium, as well as modern synthetic compounds, the main objective being to guarantee the quality and durability of eve ry material’ – Valeria Sirtori, Poliform
Back to Black
Black as a trend in kitchen design has never been bigger. By playing with textures and using it in different rations, you can achieve vastly different effects.
02: Black accents provide a bold and unexpected surprise, especially if textured differently from the rest of the kitchen. The Float kitchen by Mut Designfor Spanish furniture design company Miras Editionsis made up of five mobile furniture nodes that incorporate different luxurious materials such as copper, marble, wood and a hard black mesh application, which can fit well into any kitchen space
3: Poliform Varenna’s My Planet kitchen features white cabinetry with contrasting black trim, which serves to define the edges of the cabinets for a sleek, sharp effect
4: In the same way that black is a good canvas for colour accents, so is it the ideal foil for metallics – warm tones like brass, gold and copper in particular. When it comes to taps and spouts, like in this Shaker kitchen by deVOL Kitchens, warm metallics stand out to dramatic effect against black surfaces
5 & 6: Black combined with colour makes for a fun contemporary approach. In the Tinta Kitchen by Dutch kitchen suppliers KviK black cabinetry stands out against the muted blue and green tones of the splashback – a subtle take on colour. A bolder look is seen in the Loft kitchen by Italian brand Snaidero, which uses canary-yellow shelving as an accent. Snaidero has a showroom in Hyde Park
7: Layering black needn’t create an overwhelming effect – you can use it for the surfaces of the room itself, as well as cabinets and even furniture if you combine different tones and textures (glossy and matte, charcoal and black) as seen in the My Planet kitchen by Poliform.
Matte(r) of Fact
Matte surfaces for kitchens, whether as countertops or cabinetry, have never been more chic. To get the matte effect, the surface is usually textured and absorbs light as opposed to reflecting it, providing a refreshing break from ultra-shiny surfaces.
8: Lighter neutral shades such as beige, cream or oatmeal in a matte finish provide a great alternative to the harshness of a standard bright-white kitchen. DeVOL’s Shaker kitchen, in a mushroom hue achieves the ideal balance of country charm and city sophistication, thanks to the combination of a traditional Esse oven and traditional cabinetry, and marble-look Silestone countertops
9: If you like the matte look but feel that doing every surface like this may be overkill, introduce a single element that’s glossy – here the countertop contrasts well with matte grey cabinetry, whose glossiness is highlighted via natural light streaming through the shutters from Plantation Shutters
10: If, however, you’re feeling bold, you can take a blanket approach to using matte surfaces. This kitchen in an apartment in Oslo, renovated by Haptic Architects, is a good example of this look – where the cabinets, walls and even the light shades blend into one another. In an open-plan space this serves to unify the kitchen area as one entity. Be careful to balance it out, though – here, softer, lighter colours and textured surfaces (upholstered chairs and timber) offset the uniform charcoal surfaces
11: Snaidero’s Orange Evo Kitchen is designed with the philosophy of the kitchen being the heart of the home, and incorporates living-room features. The matte cabinetry is brought to life in this space with pops of colour and patterned accents which lift the flat surface
‘The importance given to kitchens has grown over the years and this means that people pay more attention to the design of their kitchens and to the choice of materials and appliances’ – Valeria Sirtori, Poliform
Knock on Wood
Wood has been a favourite choice in kitchen design for some time, thanks to the warmth it adds. It needn’t only be applied in a rustic setting – new finishes and applications give it contemporary relevance too.
12: Today’s use of wood in the kitchen often fuses an old farmhouse aesthetic with contemporary elements. A good example is this space by Sebastian Cox with deVOL where raw timber has been paired with minimal lighting and handle-less doors in what can best be described as ‘urban rustic’
13: Thanks to the vast array of timber finishes and colours now available, wood accents have become popular precisely because they can suit just about any aesthetic in a kitchen. The Phoenix Kitchen by Poliform Varenna uses warm wood as the background to a shelving unit, which gives depth to the stark Corian stainless-steel and dark-wood cabinetry
14: The retro lines of deVOL’s Air kitchen employs just the slightest hint of oak as a finishing touch to its curved cabinetry
15 & 16: Mixing different shades and grains is another kitchen trend we love, and it can be done in endless ways. The Selva Kitchen by Dutch kitchen suppliers Kvik combines wood with different grains for maximum texture, while in the deVOL kitchen (also seen in image 12) different shades of timber and innovative carpentry elevate the material still further
Valeria Sirtori of luxury Italian furniture company Poliform, whose newly opened showroom in Kramerville was featured in the July issue, talks trends, the future of kitchen design and the South African market.
Q: What have been the most significant trends in kitchen design this year?
A: More recently, research on new materials has grown and styles have changed, from glossy lacquered colours to laminates with laser edges and matte colours, as well as steel and glass surfaces. The use of materials like marble and Corian make it possible to create tops with super-thin surfaces. If we look at the composition in general, a big evolution has been the passage from doors with handles to doors without handles.
Q: What do you think the future kitchen will look and feel like?
A: The future of kitchen design is represented by new materials, new finishes and new configurations that bring solutions that adapt to the different and evolved needs of customers. Kitchens will not only look nice but also be nice places to live in, thanks to their functionality and convenience.
Q: Poliform recently opened in South Africa. Have you noticed any differences between the South African and European markets?
A: Compared to European kitchens, South African kitchens are usually bigger. The most common finishes are glass (more than in Europe), gloss, matte-lacquered colours and wood.
- Boffi: boffi.com
- Miras Editions: miraseditions.com
- Poliform: poliform.it
- deVOL Kitchens: devolkitchens.co.uk
- KviK: kvik.com
- Snaidero: snaidero.com
- Plantation Shutters: plantation.co.za
- Haptic Architects: hapticarchitects.com
Words: Genevieve Putter