On the third day of the 2010 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, we devoted an entire day to Eurocucina, which is a fair-within-a-fair that appears in Milan every two years. Manufacturers, architects and designers from all over the globe materialize from the woodwork to unveil their latest concepts in kitchen design, and we, the hungry design hordes, descend upon them.
We started our journey at Ernestomeda, where interactive screens were set up to illustrate how to mix and match surface, color and fixture options for their latest introduction, Carré. Conceived by Austrian-born designer Marc Sadler, who is based in France, the line is available in 46 candy-colored hues and is offered in both matte and lacquer.
At Arclinea, the Convivium kitchen concept by Antonio Citterio features a built-in cooling tray (pictured here, keeping asparagus crisp), and temperature gauges that pop up from below.
Another shot of the Convivium kitchen at Arclinea. In addition to the cooling area, rolls are kept piping hot on a warming platform. After a couple days of being on display at Salone, the rolls were rock hard...but that didn't stop people from trying to eat them!
Designer Roberto Pezzetta won a 2009 Good Design Award for this kitchen concept, entitled Argento Vivo, which he created for GeD Cucina. The black oval at the center conceals a wine cooler, and when the top is removed, it can be used as a serving plate.
Hong Kong–based industrial designer Michael Young poses in front of Tetrix, his new modular kitchen concept for Scavolini. The system is made entirely of rectangular components that can be stacked and assembled in myriad configurations.
The E-Wood kitchen, conceived by architect Iosa Ghini for Snaidero, is clad in thermally treated oak.
Outside of Eurocucina, Salone attendees take a grassy respite from the day's acres and acres of high-design delights.
Pedini debuted Integra by Domenico Paolucci, a curvy system that comes in six colors.
With no visible handles (a common feature found amongst nearly all the kitchen systems we saw at Eurocucina), Integra's drawers glide open to reveal stable storage of plates and utensils.
Febal's Marina Chic system, designed by Alfredo Zengiaro, is seen here in a smoky gray. Huge cupboard spaces include enough room for all manner of appliances, including a washer and dryer.
These massive sculptures are situated throughout the fair, adding an otherworldly feel to an already overwhelming visual feast.
At Berloni, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, a new modular system called B Cinquanta was on display.
Another shot of Cinquanta at Berloni illustrates not only the lemon-yellowness of the lacquer but the pivoting Lazy Susan-like cupboard storage as well.
LED accent lights were found everywhere at Eurocucina, lending a Vegas-in-the-kitchen feel to nearly every booth we visited.
After a full day of hitting the sights at Eurocucina, things started to get a little hazy. We headed back to the hotel to prepare for an evening's worth of festivities by resting our aching arches. Stay turned for more reports from Milan 2010.