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The latest kitchen design trends from Eurocucina 2010 in Milan

Michael Kitchener and his design team saw the latest innovations first hand at Eurocucina 2010, the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition in Milan. This showpiece event once again brought together the global pioneers in kitchen design.

It was an eye-opening week but what struck the Kitcheners® team overall was the focus on natural timbers and veneers. The natural theme was so prevalent that they even saw herb gardens in kitchens. Natural stones were very popular, particularly those with honed matt finishes, as were man-made stones with 'natural' textures

The team loved the concrete benchtops with a slightly rough finish for extra 'tactile' impact. Kitchener Kitchens clients are already expressing a keenness for this. Innovative benchtop creations really impressed them, particularly variable heighted benchtops for different work zones.

There were so many innovations this year that it's impossible to list them all. Some of the standouts for the Kitcheners® team included:

  • Floating cabinetry with no kickboards.

  • Handleless self-opening doors and greater prominence of push touch technology.

  • The prevalence of clear glass to divide a work zone. Michael also observed instances in which glass was used to hold floor cabinetry off the ground.

  • The use of mitres in the joinery to give the illusion of thin cabinetry and benchtops.

  • Irregular shapes in cabinetry.

  • Focus on the eat-in (dining) kitchen.

  • Textured materials.

  • Electronics from adjustable benchtop heights to self opening and closing.

The most exciting aspect of it all is that Kitcheners® ' customers are now poised to benefit from it all with cutting edge custom designed kitchens.