Highlights from Milan Design Week 2014, Part II

The ColorVoyant Watch

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Every even year, EuroCucina emblazes Milan with innovation, materials, finishes and color. Smart Technology enhancements upgrade kitchen spaces, creating silent work stations, decorative and functional accessories. Modularity of design in spaces allows for combining convenience, style and efficiency in cooking.

EuroCucina – Kitchens of the Future

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Verifying my 2015 forecast theme of Silence, Faber innovates with a quiet space, called SILK, promoting silence in the kitchen.

www.faberonline.com

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Caesarstone presented Islands by Raw-Edges studio. Functions become exposed as architectural accents, creating color, texture and material juxtapositions while cooking.

www.caesarstone.ca/en/News/Press-Releases/Pages/CS-Raw-Edges-PR.aspx

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Modularity in kitchens is infused with retro character. Vintage signage was seen throughout the exhibition.

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Utility kitchens, reminiscent of the 1940/50s…updated with color.

Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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Yellow: citrus and fresh, with a twist of unripened green.

Color from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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L387

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Bright yellow is toned down by nature’s influence…. Accented glowing color.

Color from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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S301

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Loft style continues from 2012 with a fresh green perspective.

Color from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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V371

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Universally, white returns for interiors…from kitchens to baths to flooring. It cleans the space, ready to support any color accent to create multiple moods.

Color from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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M423

Color from the Tikkurila Pro Grey card

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1900

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Cabinet finishes become more innovative…Top: Reflecting the environment from outside in with tree bark from Franke. Middle: Simplicity of color blocking on cabinet faces create patterning. Bottom: Animated wood cabinet effects.

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Messaging was throughout the show, lettering mixed with numbers.

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Smeg teamed up with Fiat to introduce an Italian collection of wine coolers straight from under the hood!

Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony collection (Italian style)

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Smeg also animates kitchen function with unexpected whimsical accessories for cooktops.

www.smeg.com

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Art enters the kitchen with elegance from Faber. Range hoods are the fashion statement and stylish accessory for inspiring cooks.

www.faberonline.com

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Faber also translates “silent” color with a satin/matte finish.

Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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Colors from the Tikkurila Pro Grey card

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Timeless colorful options for kitchen accessories: peas, corn, carrot.

 

Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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Retro patterning returns.

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Anteprima displays fashionable translations of teatime color.

Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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EuroBagno – Baths with Luxury

EuroBagno (Bath) is where the innovation of materials, textures and dimension emerge. Porcelain, stone, ceramic and metal are cornerstones of this industry. Shapes and contour of bath fixtures set the pace for design throughout the exhibitions. Use of innovative lighting and color highlight tubs, sinks and cabinets for fun and function.

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Inbani. Digital printing now dominates the imagery for the tile market mimicking the real material. “Realism” envelopes the bathroom… from cabinets to walls to accessories and flooring.

http://inbani.com/en/

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Vessels in all shapes and sizes were left to the imagination from function to aesthetic.
Top: Victoria + Albert planked porcelain patterning resembles Carrara Marble from afar.
Bottom: Marble sinks reminiscent of Pompeiian times.

http://vandabaths.com/can/americas

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And… taking baths will never be the same again. Image From FB.

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Bathtubs of all shapes and sizes… bathing in high style. Three images from top: Adatto Casa (AC). Bottom: Mastella.

www.adattocasabathroomhelp.co.uk, www.mastella.it/home_eng.php

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MGM Marble and Stone of Italy…Petal inspired pedestal sinks of marble and backlit walls. And translucent, glowing sinks.

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Vibrant color glows from within…simple yet eye-catching.

Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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Splashes of simple primaries enliven a normally tepid and utilitarian bathroom.

Colors from the Tikkurila Symphony collection

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Final Words

Next time  The ColorVoyant Watch visits the West Coast of the U. S. to explore lifestyles that are design catalysts, influential all over the world. Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, California, are the highlights and backbone of design and lifestyle influences.

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