After attracting over 146,000 visitors in 2015, LivingKitchen – equipped with three pavilions and around 200 exhibitors from over 20 countries – is ready to do even better this time around. The event, which is oriented towards both business and the general public, is determined not to position itself as a simple exhibition of kitchens, electrical appliances and accessories, albeit one set within a wider event encompassing all facets of the furniture industry. Instead, LivingKitchen is looking to pack an emotive punch, with a range of informative sessions, events and large-scale shows dedicated to the kitchen. Inspiration and innovation are very much at the heart of the new products, colours and materials for 2017.
With 30 companies exhibiting at the event, Italy is once again showcasing its manufacturing traditions and the unique values that go hand in hand with them.
First protagonist, Scavolini's Diesel Open Workshop that wears the kitchen space as well the bathroom with an original proposal that combines refinement and industrial inspiration. The Ki collection by Nendo for Scavolini will also be at the event, with the concept revolving around the idea of containing the kitchen in two structures made up of wooden compartments and shelves in order to create space and ensure absolute design freedom.
Ernestomeda will be displaying the brand-new K-Lab, which takes its inspiration from the huge working desks typical of American offices in the 1940s, as well as a revamped version of Icon, with new materials and finishes. Aran Cucine, meanwhile, will be showing off the new Sipario kitchen by Makio Hasuike & Co., with the space designed to be a hub of togetherness and participation.
On top of that, Nikola Tesla by Elica will present its hi-tech induction hob, which features cutting-edge technology and was among the winning creations at the Iconic Awards 2017.
In terms of new entries, Lapitec will be displaying its creations in Cologne for the first time, including Arab-influenced designs, the new Avana colour, the Gandhara creation by Minotticucine (combining natural stone with Lapitec) and a concept colour which takes the colour range to the next level.