PRODUCTS | Statement kitchens and appliances 1. 2.

Below: According to Novy, its Panorama was the fi rst combination induction and extraction appliance of its kind. Now upgraded for 2019, the Panorama Pro is a powerful 900mm four- zone induction hob with an integrated downdraft extractor directly behind the cooking area

1. Miele’s HR1956 G Duel Fuel 48in range cooker provides a huge number of cooking options as well as easy operation, making it a great choice for busy family life or for those who entertain a lot, says Miele says. It offers six gas burners, a standard oven, microwave oven and Gourmet Warming Drawer 2. The Siematic SLX kitchen features individually controlled LED lighting in its horizontal and vertical recesses

influential to our mood, well-being and – according to many reports published on human-centric lighting – our mental health.

Sensio has two concepts that offer multi- temperature lighting. The Triotone collection of light fittings with integral switch allowing a light fitting to provide warm, natural or a cool white light from one unit. They also have a growing range of Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) light fittings, which enable the light to transition from warm to cool, allowing the user to easily pinpoint the precise colour temperature appropriate for the time of day or occasion. Today, this technology is available in the Sensio Quadro Pro under-cabinet light and selected flexible strip lights. Looking at finishing touches, the things one might usually consider could include a statement dining


table and chairs or a beautiful armchair or love seat along with a rug if the kitchen has a snug and is large enough to accommodate such items. However, Blake has a simpler suggestion: “I try to incorporate greenery into every kitchen I design. There’s a greater emphasis on growing your own food, so a herb trough is a great way of doing this, or even just house plants and succulents, which look great and are low-maintenance. That greenery makes the whole thing come alive and boosts well-being.” Offering some practical advice for creating a great statement kitchen, our experts all agreed that really getting to know the client and the details of how they live their everyday lives is important for creating a space that works for the whole household. Blake comments: “Most people have a wish list of three to five things that are essential, but once you’ve got these, provided you’ve properly gotten to know the homeowner and their tastes, the world is your oyster and you can create something that’s really stunning, but with them and their tastes at the centre of it.” Blake also recommends getting involved as early as possible in any project, ideally at the same time as the architect, where possible. “This way, you can have an influence on the position of the ducting and the doors and this is crucial for ensuring you can realise your own and the client’s shared vision.”

Coulthard adds: “When it comes to ‘putting it all together’ design preference is ever-changing, so don’t be afraid to throw in some curve-ball features. Of course, colours need to flow and complement, but using different textures is becoming more acceptable and clients are far more aware of great design ideas than they were 20 years ago.” Finally, looking at trends moving forward, Blake believes that colours will move away from the darker hues of late to lighter, brighter pastel shades. Blake mentions Studio Green and light blues and even dusky pinks can be seen trending on the various interiors-based hashtags on Instagram. WoodLiving’s

Abraham, meanwhile, says that

mixing industrial elements into WoodLiving’s bespoke and traditional shaker kitchens is very much back in vogue among his London clients. For example, copper pipework incorporated around the kitchen and repurposed as door handles for cabinetry. If trends persist, with homeowners emboldened

and taking their inspiration from all over the world, then it’s likely that kitchen design can only become more interesting, unusual and, for some, also less kitchen-like than ever before. This should throw up some design challenges but also help drive innovation, while making the work of designers all the more fun.

kbbr kbbreview · June 2019

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