Like it or not, the kitchen is quintessentially the heart of the home. It is where conversations take place and family bonding is made possible. In the recent biennial EuroCucina 2018 at Salone del Mobile in Milan – the world’s biggest kitchen exhibition – the kitchen has been heavily reinterpreted with technology to make the functioning of this important part of the home more efficient and attractive. Clean lines and technical details remain pivotal in creating a kitchen that feels luxuriously comfortable, no matter what the style is.

Among some of the popularizing kitchen trends of 2018 include earthy tones, open shelving concepts, clever material combinations and the inclusion of smart technology in functional kitchens. Besides the classic black and white, solid colours as well as copper hues are also taking precedence in this year’s exhibition. We will be seeing a minimalistic approach to future kitchens as homeowners veer their attention to simple aesthetics.

What we are more interested in is the involvement of technology in tomorrow’s kitchens. Conceptual and imaginative, we are talking about kitchen that could possibly make a meal for you with a touch of a button. Okay, maybe a tad bit too wishful but key leaders of the kitchen industry are serious in pioneering revolutionary systems and solutions to provide the most unique experience in the kitchen.

Let’s take a look at what we mean by the changing kitchens.

OASI by Aran Cucine

Aran Cucine presents OASI, a kitchen island that incorporates nature into a functional system. Credit: Aran Cucine

Designed by Italian architecture studio Stefano Boeri Architetti, the kitchen island – OASI – makes nature the central element by featuring a lemon tree. The lemon tree functions as a special, mnemonic and symbolic reference point where familiar social relationships gather round. The island is both a dining table and a fully functional kitchen block with everything from storage, washing, cooking, and even compartments to charge your mobile devices. Integrating nature into technology represents the full life cycle of cooking and eating that is housed in this very innovative ‘living’ ensemble.

Vision by Snaidero

Famous automotive designer, Pininfarina creates fluidity and motion in Snaidero’s Vision. Credit: Snaidero

Combining form and function, Pininfarina Design who is no stranger to the kitchen industry, has presented a futuristic and modern shape for the kitchen of the future. The fluid curve of the island’s base is accented with LED strip to create a strong visual impact and high-style element. Highlighting a great sense of purity and sensuousness, the finish on the surfaces features a new and revolutionary metalescent lacquer that allows the designer to work with metal fluidly. The final outcome is a great marriage of flow and motion, balancing contemporary and utilitarian styles.

Altered States by Caesarstone

Caesarstone X Snarkitecture highlights the prominence of water in kitchen islands. Credit: David Zanardi

Caesarstone unveils Altered States as a highlight event for the annual Milan exhibition. Working together with New York-based collaborative practice Snarkitecture, the collaboration explores the core theme of the kitchen island. Caesarstone believes that the starting point of a home is the kitchen island, which has transformed from a functional cooking area into a space for entertainment, social interaction and performance. Snarkitecture draws inspiration from water as the most important ‘ingredient’ in the kitchen. And the results are absolutely amazing.

Chef Center by Franke

The future of kitchen in the eyes of Franke. Credit: Franke

And speaking about future living, techies will absolutely love the Franke Chef Center, which is a new kitchen concept that takes cooking island to the next level. The seemingly ordinary kitchen island can keep your coffee warm, show text messages or even displaying a cooking video while you’re cooking dinner – all at the same time and on the same surface. A Cloud Hood makes it possible to control the entire kitchen as well, from lighting to automated cooking programs. And it comes with preprogrammed ventilations settings.

At least, this is a harbinger of what the kitchen of the future will likely look like.

Martin Teo
Content Editor
Martin loves traveling the world to see ancient ruins and classical architecture. He enjoys the culinary experience of various cities but (still) refuses to eat anything insect-like. On a daily basis, he finds time hitting the gym to compensate for the amount of food he needs to eat just to write an article.