Jeanette Lam doesn’t cook in her kitchen. An art collector and devotee of modern Italian design, Ms. Lam prizes her custom Boffi kitchen, made in Milan, as a piece of minimalist architecture, not a place to bake cookies.
“I appreciate great design. It’s so aesthetically beautiful, with all the clean lines and shapes,” said Ms. Lam, whose bespoke kitchen, which traveled by container ship from Italy to San Francisco for the 2013 remodel of her Pacific Heights townhouse, cost about $150,000—major appliances not included.
What’s hot in the world of kitchen design? The kitchen is the most valuable room in the home.
In a study by kitchen appliance manufacturer Britannia Living, 52 per cent of respondents rated their kitchen as the room with the most financial value followed by the lounge (40 per cent), then the bedroom/bathroom (3 per cent).
Of this, 39 per cent spent over £1,000 revamping their kitchen in the last five years, with seven per cent spending in excess of £5,000 for the perfect high-quality kitchen.
The kitchen operates as the heart of the home and a space where we cook and enjoy food while socialising with friends and family. So with these new stats, let’s take a look at the top kitchen trends for 2017.
After the holidays, bid your home a vibrant “Happy New Year!” – or “Felice Anno Nuovo!” – by bringing a little Italy into your kitchen.
America’s midcentury modern movement is making a comeback with the flowing curves and dramatic angles of Italian design that never went out of style in Europe, says Amir Ilin, director of North American sales for Pedini USA, based in Paramus, New Jersey.
“Italy is the country that brings the world the sleek design of the Lamborghini and Ferrari automobiles, and that same design principle is found in the home,” he says.
“There is a small faction of Italian design that is traditional and rustic – with carvings and gold leafing – but today, when we talk about Italian design in America, it is contemporary and refined.”
American kitchen trends, as released by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, based in Hackettstown, New Jersey, forecast design principles with streamlined spaces, which are emulated in Italian kitchens.