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July/August 2019

From a groundbreaking seaside museum in China to an elegant new sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Azure’s July/August issue unveils the 20 winners of the ninth annual AZ Awards!

 

Logica Celata by Valcucine

You can apply both meanings of the phrase “out of sight” to the new system by Valcucine founder and designer Gabriele Centazzo. When closed, the kitchen looks like a stunningly minimal monolithic volume, offering no hint at the high-tech powerhouse behind its high-gloss glass cabinetry. Then, with a gentle touch, the flat-front effortlessly (and silently) lifts as one piece to reveal a stunning and spacious customizable workspace. All manner of home-cook needs can be included, from a cooktop and deep sink to prep area, bar station and back-lit open shelving, with every configuration keeping items within easy reach.

 

Mia by Carlo Cracco by Scavolini

Two major players in Italian gastronomy combine in Mia, and as one might expect, this collaboration between restauranteur Carlo Cracco and Scavolini is an exercise in contrasts. Defined by a stately island, with a durable steel worktop that integrates cooking and washing areas, the system’s tactile finishes reveal themselves upon closer inspection: note the titanium / steel doors, 25-millimetre recessed handles, a vertical satin finish and cabinets in contrasting colours. Handsome as it is, the system is geared towards masterful meal prep, with steel-finished appliances for dehydrating food, vacuum packing and a proofing oven. Serious (and professional) chefs, take notice.

 

Ratio by Molteni&C|Dada

Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen has applied his affinity for materials to Ratio, a modular kitchen for Dada defined by rich woods, natural stones and strong architectural lines. A precisely configured metal grid forms the basis on which to build on. Solid volumes and can be interspersed with empty voids, surfaces in differing thicknesses can be arranged to play with visual balance, and compositions include linear, corner and central island modules. A warm Mediterranean aesthetic marries all the pieces together.

 

Outdoor kitchen by Abimis

Italian brand Abimis will be at EuroCucina to launch its first outdoor kitchen. All realized in AISI 316 stainless steel, the brand’s professional-grade kitchens are ideal for making the transition from indoors to out. The material is able to withstand heat, cold, and sudden temperature changes, and is dirt-resistant and easy to clean, so the systems can be used in beachside locations where the air is thick with salt, or even poolside, where chlorine may be an issue for other materials.

The Abimis outdoor kitchen will also fully customizable, from the appliance options, which include integrated hotplates, grills and more, to the height and depth of the countertop. Painted finishes, in a wide variety of colours, add to the versatility, though the untreated steel is bound to be a favourite.

 

Frame by Fantin

Metal furniture manufacturer Fantin will mark it’s 50th anniversary with the launch of Frame, a new series based on a freestanding kitchen island designed by Salvatore Indriolo. Sold in a rainbow of 40 colours, the modules incorporate a sink, oven and induction cooktop. This collection will actually launch in the Brera District, rather than on the fairgrounds. The brand will host a site-specific installation that displays the full range, which includes sideboards, mirrors, tables, desks and more, interspersed throughout five rooms.

 

Handle-Free Kitchen by SieMatic

SieMatic is debuting the latest iteration of its handle-free kitchen, a concept the forward-thinking brand first introduced in 1960. Details are being kept under wraps until the big unveiling at the brand’s Milan flagship store SieMatic Monte Santom, where other new designs will also be on display, including the newest iterations of the Urban, Classic and Pure systems. A sculptural kitchen dominated by cubic forms, Pure frames light-coloured cabinets against dark, monolithic walls, creating the illusion of freestanding elements

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