Concealed handles and switches heighten the physical relationship, too. Another alternative to the gloss of yesteryear are metallics. “In terms of metal we’re starting to see a move away from brass and warmer tones and a push back toward nickels and silver,” says Natale. “At Lanserring we’re seeing experimentation with strong figured marble, contrasted against metallic details and rich textured timbers,” says its design director, Alex Beaugeard. “The overall kitchen aesthetic is being driven by an appetite for informal luxury, a place where the theater of food can play out; practical but also detailed.” Experimental designs, guaranteed to get guests talking, can also be found at North American brand Snaidero USA. Founded in 1979, the company’s designs move with the times, and its Signature collection includes ergonomic islands and bold color choices. Singer thinks that quality materials make the real difference at the top end of the market. “Natural materials spell luxury to our clients. Authentic marble and stone, in particular, quartzite—not man-made or engineered—looks incredibly beautiful but is also exceptionally strong. It’s veining makes it look very dramatic.”
“Metallic finishes are trending, including burnished copper and bronze, and hammered silver which gives a textured look,” continues Matson. “Finishes like these are rich with depth and texture and, when used with matte lacquers, beautiful book-matched veneers, or textured finishes, create a layered effect.” “Kitchens that feel like glamorous rooms are becoming more popular. Paneling, marble, wallpaper, and decorative equipment are all returning to create magical kitchen spaces rather than the practical, streamlined aesthetic we’ve seen over the past decade,” adds North. EVOLVING ECO “Sustainability is the new luxury,” according to surface manufacturer Durat, which recently worked with global design collective Most to create a new solid surface called Durat Palace with natural pigments. Other planet-friendly innovations include integrated composting systems and finishes that require less chemical cleaning. Rotpunkt’s new wood-color designs use 37 percent less timber than some rivals, and Kebony has altered the cell structure of soft wood, making it enduring and sustainable.
Clever twist: A kitchen by renowned New York designer Steven Gambrel,
which combines his signature blue-gray palette with pops of bright orange.
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