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Lincoln Sentry's Top Ten Trends: EuroCucina 2014

Posted On: 9 May, 2014
The Rho Mila Fairgrounds in Milan, Italy welcomed a sell-out crowd for the 20th edition of the international kitchen exhibition, EuroCucina held on 8th – 13th April, 2014. 128 exhibitors over 24,800 square metres paraded classic and designer kitchens constructed from brick, timber and laminated plastic catering for every palate.

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 Above: Task lighting, ambient light and mood lighting inside and outside cabinets. Photo courtesy of Carola Merello.

The technology rich displays at EuroCucina 2014 emphasised the evolution of kitchens into environments which extend beyond the cooking of meals into social and entertaining havens. Kitchens are now the centre of living where families and friends come together to enjoy each other’s company and create memories. The desire to make kitchens functional as well as warm and welcoming has generated a growing interest in natural materials and innovative design.
 
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Above: Shark noses continued stream-lined, handle-less façades.

 

Organic, natural textures juxtaposed industrial stainless steel surfaces, geometric handles and shark noses. Lighting was a dominant element featuring inside drawers and inside glass design elements in the drawer as vertical or horizontal highlights. Motion sensors, warm and neutral lighting were prevalent and strip lighting with diffusers created soft glows rather than a sharp direct light.

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Above: Cabinetry displayed neutral colours and wood grains. Photo courtesy of Carola Merello.

Kevin Bruce, Lincoln Sentry National Manager – Cabinet Hardware described Eurocucina 2014 as “Sensory compelling. There was an expectation and anticipation of what was behind every door and drawer and the array of textures invited spectators to interact with displays. In effect EuroCucina became more than a show, it was an experience”.

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Above: Flush and non-intrusive handles are on trend as are lift systems in overheads. Photo courtesy of Carola Merello.

Lincoln Sentry’s Top Ten Trends:

1. Lighting, lighting, lighting! Task lighting, ambient light and mood lighting inside and outside cabinets, even under glass design elements highlighting drawer profiles. 

2. Flush and non-intrusive handles are on trend. Handles recessed into drawer fronts produced a pop of colour and a new design feature.

3. Wider drawers manufactured out of timber with customised internal organisation. 

4. Inner drawers maximise useable storage space.

5. Shark nose detailing continued stream-lined, handle-less façades. 

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Above: Thin bench tops overlayed by thick bench tops creating layers and becoming a stand out design feature. Photo courtesy of Carola Merello.

6. Cabinetry displayed in neutral colours and wood grains.

7. Thin bench tops overlayed by thick bench tops creating layers and becoming a stand out design feature.  

8. Aluminium bench top rails and handle rails used as colour accents.

9. Matt surfaces in stainless steel, glass, laminate and faux stone. 

10. Open shelving utilised as practical room dividers.

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Above: Handles recessed into drawer fronts produced a pop of colour and a new design feature.

Lincoln Sentry is a leading specialist hardware distributor and has been supporting the building, renovation, furniture-making and shop fitting markets since 1986. Supplying leading brands such as Blum, Vauth-Sagel, Hera, Lamello, Assa Abloy, Breezway and many more ensure Lincoln Sentry deliver quality products with their carefully planned function, known design and durability.