To see where kitchen design is going, look no further than Lidewij Edelkoort. Our preeminent forecaster of the future, she explores the trends that will define 2019 and beyond, as the countertop continues to narrate the look of the kitchen, and food becomes an increasingly important influence on design.
FORM FOLLOWS FOOD
In the kitchens of today and tomorrow, food and materials find greater interplay, creating a tasteful, multisensory experience. Food has emerged as a new design discipline to reckon with, and this forecast explores three material trends that will inform our visual aesthetic in the year ahead, elevating eating to a new level of artistry and creating a true feast for the senses.
Continued urbanization has seen former industrial spaces beautifully transformed into cultural centres, stylish ateliers and creative incubators that maintain their raw edge. Echoing this change, the industrial trend finds new strength at home in the kitchen, celebrating the beauty in rawness and reflecting the textures of manufacturing, from oxidized steel to poured concrete. Cementing a clean, modern aesthetic together with rough textures finds a correlation in current food trends, as we’re seeing ingredients compressed into cheese, bread and paste. You can capture the trend in Caesarstone with colours like 6600 Nougat and 4044 Airy Concrete.
In the past, marble was seen as an imposing and elite material. Today, marble is used in a more playful, mixed media approach, lending a sense of history and classical sophistication to a modern aesthetic. Marble’s trademark veining is now appearing in multiple materials in fashion, textiles and ceramics, from thin and delicate lines to dramatic, oversized streaks. In interior design, these diverse marble patterns are often combined within one space for a dynamic look. In cuisine, a similar appetite for visual texture is evidenced by the prominence of flecked cheeses and dappled breads, as well as fruits and vegetables that have been sliced to reveal their inner veining. A tastefully modern take on marble is reflected in colours like 5111 Statuario Nuvo and 5143 White Attica.
In a dramatic move away from the light, designers are embracing their dark side and kitchens are shifting to black quartz, cast iron, black clay pots and charred and blackened ingredients. Combining different dark materials such as stone, slate, porcelain, oxidized metal and lacquered wood, a new aesthetic of black is being rediscovered by trend-conscious designers and homeowners who want to bring something more contemporary to the table. In parallel, cuisine is embracing the darkness with wild Asian rice that’s brown-black, pasta tinted grey-black with squid ink, and blue-black couscous imitating caviar. Show your dark and dramatic side with colours like 5100 Vanilla Noir and 5003 Piatra Grey.
FEAST YOUR EYES