The 23rd edition of EuroCucina provides a targeted and innovative response to the huge interest in the sector, along with FTK - Technology For the Kitchen, its collateral event, specialising in built-in domestic appliances and their evolution. The key concepts driving the exhibits, showcased by 82 companies within an exhibition space measuring 16,000 m2, are sustainability and efficiency. Kitchens have ceased to be purely functional spaces to become domestic hubs, places for conviviality and socialising. This revival of the domestic hearth makes for an interconnected, multipurpose and professional space, yet one where emotions never fail to run high. Visitors wlll be greeted with a vast array of top quality goods. All the exhibits at EuroCucina embody contemporary design, technological innovation, next generation performance, energy efficiency and ease of use. New shapes, colours and materials help mark out the kitchen as a place for conviviality and interaction with the outside world. As always, FTK - Technology For the Kitchen - with 39 exhibitors on an exhibition area of over 10,500 m2 - provides an overview of the state of the art technology of built-in domestic appliances, with models, prototypes and concepts conceived by companies that set tremendous store by research.
However, the 2022 edition is a game changer also because it’s an opportunity to bring beauty into a society questing after a polestar and a (re)starting point, a platform for dialogue and communication where people can come together and pore over all that is generative about the design process, and discuss the role of the furniture industry as a whole. Manufacturing excellence takes centre stage along with functional and responsible design at the Salone, a global event that broadcasts from Milan to the world the value of Humanity in the broadest sense of the word, that tears down borders.
So while the world may have shut down for nigh on two years, designing home interiors never stopped. Quite the opposite. There’s been a flurry of movements, brainwork, insights, eye-openers, excitement, and new purposes and rationales that have prioritised the human scale of our needs. It feels like there is a need for comfortable, hospitable and functional spaces reflecting an earth-friendly approach that respects the environment and utilises materials accordingly. For objects that create an atmosphere, evoke positive feelings and allow the space around people to resonate with their lives and lifestyles. Trends range from “less is more” to bold in-your-face, from organic to sculptural, without ever selling out on comfort, efficiency or functionality. Colour palettes are equally eclectic, leaning somewhat towards muted, natural shades. Materials are respectful of the environment, be they reclaimed, rare or refined wood, recycled plastics or innovative compounds. Luxe finishes are high-precision, fabrics are enveloping and textural. Time-honoured artisanship is making a comeback, along with a desire to seamlessly blend the handmade with the mass-produced. In 2022 furniture must be pleasing to the eye but also, more importantly, to the touch. More than ever before, designs should invite use rather than simply embellish a space.