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4 New Kitchen Innovations

1. Varenna Poliform “Phoenix” System

Designed by CR&S for Varenna Poliform, this kitchen system tantalises the eyes with its pure geometric lines and contemporary finish and materials. Its slim modules eschew handles granting it another aesthetical merit. The worktop in 6mm steel coupled with the new design of the ‘Phoenix’ handle helps to add character to the island. The handle of the profile is derived from the marriage of the straight channel and the 90 degree carved door profile. The door finishing in embossed and glossy lacquer adds a sophisticated touch while a wide range of wood choices includes oak, siena oak, brown oak, spessart oak, dyed grey oak, moro oak, black elm and solid wood canaletto walnut. These avant-garde technical solutions tempered with a personal stylistic choice bode well to create a kitchen that’s relevant and chic for today’s demands. Varenna Poliform is available exclusively at Space Furniture.

2. Valcucine New “Logica” System


The concept of “everything on hand, everything tidy in an instant” is materialised as the new ‘Logica’ system. Building on the success of its former model designed in 1996, the new ‘Logica’ kitchen system designed by Gabriele Centazzo is painstakingly researched and designed. The former Logica system offered 80cm depth and well-equipped back section, removable jumbo drawers and wall units integrated with Ala and Aerius lift-up doors. The 2014 iteration zooms in on its back section where it is capable of containing and concealing, when necessary, all types and manner of kitchen gadgets such as weighing scales, hand blitzers, dish drainers, bottle racks, power sockets and even hooks for utensils or an indispensible cooker hood. Even the new worktop is touted to integrate nano-technology to make it impervious to scratches. Visit Hugo Kitchen at #01-22/23 Park Mall.


3. Boffi “Salinas” System


At last year’s Milan Furniture Fair, the kitchen fair – Eurocucina – ran concurrently with a dizzying slew of new products. Boffi being one of the most reverred brands showcased the ‘Salinas’ kitchen designed by Spanish designer Patricia Urqiuola. “Salinas is the beach of my childhood days,” says Urquiola. Being modular in design means it can configure and adapt to a wide range of kitchen sizes. It utilises metal, copper, zinc and wood and emphasis is on eco-sustainable materials. Unique selling points include: table surfaces with built-in storage and metal shelves with integrated LED lights. It is paired with a large stone sink and solid wood surface (i.e. a large chopping block), which can also be adjusted to create fixed table tops or sliding bar tops. Salinas flaunts its feminine side because its colours and textures can be swapped and combined to create different looks. Boffi is available exclusively at XTRA.


4. Ernestomeda “Icon” System

Giuseppe Bavuso put in months of brainpower and hard work to design ‘Icon’ kitchen system for Ernestomeda. There’s more than meets the eye in this clean and sleek kitchen system. The tall, indoor cupboards feature retracting doors that conceal a wide range of internal fittings such as pull-out table, pull-out drawer, steel shelves, combination aluminum and wood shelves, bottle and glass racks. Even the LED lighting is concealed and powers up via the door opening sensor and power bar. The thoughtful but optional ‘Safety Oven Switch’ is another novel idea to provide a safe kitchen. It works via a special monitoring system that detects whether current electricity absorption exceeds 100W, if so, the cupboard door is not opened within 90 seconds of the warning buzzer, the system automatically switches the appliance off for complete safety. The recommended Mistral island hood comes with a fitted glass partition that slots seamlessly into the worktop. We love the ‘Air Door’ where it is a ventilation filter that is concealed at the side (i.e. bottom edge of the doors of base cabinets, or top edge for wall cabinet doors) and holes in the inner door panel, the air entering the interior will be cleaner. Ernestomeda is available at Marquis @Square.

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