From key pieces to finishing details, find designs that will give your project the edge..
Our homes are getting smarter and it’s the kitchen that’s rising to the top of the class. Following the recent trend for combination ‘extractor hobs’, Elica has gone one further with the introduction of integrated scales. Install the NikolaTesla Libra and ingredients can be weighed directly next to, or even within, the pan. Saves on washing up, too.
From £2,220, elica.com.
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The American diner is enjoying something of an interiors renaissance, so now’s the time to snap up a pastel fridge that oozes Fifties-cool. Fill with retro cola bottles, of course…
There’s a colourful tool for every kitchen job in Brabantia’s TASTY+ collection. We’re putting its magnetic twist-to-set timers and battery-free kitchen scales at the top
of the list, all in tones of Jade Green, Terracotta Pink and Honey Yellow.
Thought your Quooker boiling water tap was a feat of modern-day engineering? Then get a load of this; install the new CUBE extension (attached to the existing tank with a CO2 cylinder) and the tap will stream not just filtered, chilled and boiling water but a sparkling option too.
The biggest launch in Miele’s 120-year history has arrived. Called Generation 7000, the collection features more than 350 new built-in models. The impossibly sleek lines are definitely the stars of the show, with new design VitroLine in Graphite Grey (pictured), Obsidian Black or Brilliant White offering a myriad of features across combination ovens, microwaves, warming drawers, sealing drawers and, most importantly perhaps, in-built coffee machines.
Pretty pastels, satin-finish brass and asymmetric shapes mean ex.t’s nouveau collection is endlessly easy on the eye. Yet that’s not to say practicality has been forgotten – check out the generously sized shelf areas on the vanities for stashing beauty products, while the slim metal elements double as towel rails.
These colourful little numbers by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez for Italian firm Fantini are new at CP Hart’s expansive Waterloo showroom. We think they’d make gorgeous paperweights, but they are actually mixer tap handles designed to sit alongside sculptured chrome spouts.
If you thought larders were the stuff of county piles and always came in neutral-hued shaker styles, take a look at Poliform’s Phoenix kitchen. The tall larder units feature retractable doors, shelves in embossed lacquered carbone and black elm back panels – and they’re completely devoid of handles to bring a contemporary update to kitchen storage.
KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL
a good craftsperson never blames their tools, yet a home-cooked meal is unlikely to rival anything whipped up in a restaurant. Invest in the Mia kitchen range from scavolini and things could be different. designed with Italian chef Carlo Cracco, it has kit worthy of any top cook, from keep-warm lamps to pull-out units with integrated chopping boards and cut-outs for peelings. ergonomic design at its best.
Expecting guests on Saturday but loathe spending Friday tidying up? The Kobold VR300 vacuum is the next step in robot-tech, promising floor cleaning controlled via an app. Just programme its route, outline no-go zones and watch as it automatically heads back to its dock for charging.
Wooden floors might be the default for high-end interiors, yet attach a big-star name like Michele De Lucchi (founding member of the Memphis group) and suddenly your parquet is a cut above. The standout feature of his Medoc design for Listone Giordano is an unusual laying pattern created with trapezoidal-shaped planks, each made using sustainable Fontaines oak.
Could a rise in smart screens herald the end of the traditional TV-in-the-corner concept? If you are streaming through Amazon Prime Video or other media apps, just place Lenovo’s latest tablet, with 10-inch full-HD screen and ultra- clear audio, in its included dock to enter ‘show mode’.
There’s nothing basic about the basins in the Plissé collection from Italian manufacturer Artelinea. Its plinth-style units, each made entirely from coloured- glass, feature uniformed rows of pleats. The result is a surface so shiny that you needn’t bother with the show-stopping mirror above (from the Gemme collection).
Drummonds’ Art Deco-style Derwent flush light wouldn’t look out of place in Jay Gatsby’s bathroom. We’re talking fluted, handblown glass, nine brass finishes, including polished nickel and antique bronze, and a moody, atmospheric glow. Vintage-luxe fit for a (fictional) millionaire.
It should come as no surprise that a collaboration between two Parisian powerhouses -interior designer Stéphanie Coutas and high-end bathroom brand THG – is, as the locals would say, très chic. Think basins, baths and taps with ‘Leonardo Grey’ and ‘Grand Antique’ marble detail.
Purveyor of the wacky and wonderful with a dark twist, Divine Savages is all set to let a little light into its moodily-lit, Deco-feel world. A collaboration with Light Up north means that designs from its wallpaper collection can now be finished with bespoke neon touches, all using electroluminescent neon wire so flexible it can be stitched onto the surface like embroidery.
The humble blind offers much more than mere privacy, you know. The Duette line at Luxaflex boasts a unique honeycomb structure designed to trap air inside, keeping hot air in during winter and out in summer, while absorbing up to 40 per cent of outdoor noise.
Give us a sleek Sandi-feel, veneered Nordic Oak breakfast bar and chances are we’ll be kitchen smitten. Add a fresh update for units in a navy lacquered finish and we’ll fall hook, line and sinker. Such is the case for Silvano Barsacchi’s Mood kitchen for Scavolini. Dubbed Moon Blue by the Italian firm, the new hue is just the ticket for bringing a dark and mysterious edge to your scheme, all beautifully offset with clean-cut silhouette and anthracite porcelain worktops.