Earlier this year Valcucine South Africa attended the International Kitchen Exhibition, EuroCucina, at the world famous Salone del Mobile in Milan, to research trends and new directions in kitchen design and technology.
The fair is widely considered to be the international reference point for trends in the furnishing and design industries and from key findings and insights, Valcucine SA identified influential new directions, a favourite being ‘WELLth’, the connection between design and its capacity to enhance health and wellbeing.
“Whilst greenery in the kitchen is a legacy from EuroCucina 2016, it was even more prevalent at this year’s EuroCucina with plants, herbs and easy access to fresh ingredients showcased in kitchens throughout the fair,” says Mathilda Venter of Valcucine, South Africa. According to Venter this trend is partly driven by the burgeoning growth of cities around the world, and mass urbanisation not only bringing people to the cities, but actually having a broader effect on urban spaces with trends such as urban farming integrating natural and organic elements with the built environment.
Natural and healthy building materials as showcased at EuroCucina are also pivotal in a design equation focussed on well-being, along with other elements such as ergonomics including mood-enhancing lighting and colour psychology. This trend is evident in Valcucine’s Genius Loci kitchen, which was recently launched in South Africa. The colour of the lighting in the back panel of the Genius Loci kitchen can be changed with a simple gesture of the hand, should one prefer the lighting to reflect a certain mood and when the kitchen is not in use, the panel slides down to present a seamless uncluttered surface.
“The WELLth trend is driving new innovation to the fore of kitchen design ensuring that ergonomics and the wellbeing of the user in the kitchen are paramount,” concludes Venter.
Valcucine embodies all that architects and interior designers embrace about design and sustainability – kitchens that are not only user-friendly, dynamic and works of functional art but that focus on people and the environment in which they live. In addition:
Valcucine is a globally reputable and established company that has been creating unique and innovative Kitchen Designs since it’s inception in 1980. Valcucine South Africa has operated, serviced and brought designs to life for the local market for over a decade.
Valcucine’s highly regarded client-service, timeless designs, state-of-the art technologies and approach to sustainability, continue to make us the preferred partners for many internationally acclaimed and local architects and designers.
With Valcucine’s specialist service, architects and designers are guaranteed peace of mind that their vision is extended through to the heart of the home, the kitchen.
These services include: 3D renderings, on-site project management and installation, service drawings and logistics management.
For today’s homeowner, a kitchen that is not only functional, but contributes to the overall experience of the end user is a core value of Valcucine.
We design for life and for the evolution of the family, which is why our kitchens are described as timeless.
We put people and their well-being at the centre of what we do; stimulating their senses to bring about joy in everyday activities. We have put extensive research into the human psychology and habits, in order to create these experiences.
Valcucine offers a full service from start to finish; from the initial briefing right through to design, implementation and site management.
The sustainable materials used in our kitchens are non-toxic and recyclable, whilst creating an unequivocal sense of luxury.
Our customers’ peace of mind is particularly important to us. We therefore offer an extended 10-year-warranty ensuring that the entire kitchen is protected, including the glass tops, doors and all the hardware.