itchen design in the new decade is set to mirror our ever-growing desire for individuality and bespoke solutions. And with the choices of style, finish, and design increasing, the expression of personal taste in the most important room in any home is becoming easier to achieve. GO WITH THE FLOW Not all kitchens are created equal. Off-the-shelf designs are giving way to something more free-flowing. As Australian architect Greg Natale observes, “A big trend is a move away from uniformity. This can include introducing layers of texture using metallic finishes and textured contrasting surfaces; using pops of vivid color and kitchen cabinetry designed to look more like furniture so it integrates into open-plan kitchen spaces,” he says. “‘Broken plan’ designs where the space is physically divided by changes to floor levels or materials—glass partitions, partial walls, shelving—are another strong look.” Karen Howes, CEO and founder of London- based Taylor Howes, believes an exuberant approach can make things special. “Extending the design to incorporate the ceiling and bring the sixth wall to life,” can create a breathtaking first impression she says. “Elaborate tiling will stretch all the way to the feature ceiling surpassing the traditional splashback.” “Beautifully designed and planned islands now have integrated sous vide and warming drawers and often a teppanyaki,” says Craig Matson, managing director of London-based bespoke kitchen designers Roundhouse. Charu Gandhi, founder of London-based Elicyon says, “We’re intrigued by the geometry of kitchens and how clients want to celebrate the luxury of high ceilings. We’re seeing the use of full cabinetry from floor to ceiling, providing an encased effect losing the classic top shelf, which incorporates high-level storage and even elegant ladders to get to the out-of-reach storage spaces.” SET THE TONE But what about color? “We’re huge fans of what we like to call the ‘moody kitchen,’” says Katy Olson, editor of Architectural Digest Pro . A designer the architecture experts admire is Steven Gambrel, who designs spaces where
Seamless space: The Delancey Collection kitchen by Lanserring has a solid 33-foot (10 m) marble worktop that flows from the pantry, to the main kitchen, to the outdoor terrace.
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