Another big hardware trend connected to Euro
design was seen in the growing number of displays
that did without any applied knobs or pulls.
This emphasizes clean lines and removes what can
be considered an obstacle in kitchens built in tight
Not so fussy
Whereas a few years ago the elaborate Mediterra-nean-inspired kitchens were all the rage, with inset
doors and drawers, fancy glazed finishes, extensive
mouldings and onlays, along with furniture features
such as bun feet, those were seldom seen this year.
Designers we talked to suggested those showcase
kitchens were being replaced by cleaner, more functional and less fussy designs.
Our survey results seem to reflect that, showing
far less of added features such as columns, onlays,
and mouldings. Crown mouldings were the most
popular decoration, showing up in about 16 percent
of the displays.
Replacing these decorations were more functional
organizational hardware systems, such as corner
pullouts, and LED lighting. Interior lighted doors
and drawers, toe kick lighting, and under cabinet
lighting systems are increasingly common. Simple
wine, glasses, and plate racks were also popular along
with open shelves.
Another trend that is important to note is one that
indicates the relative health of the kitchen cabinet
industry: More companies were displaying more cabinets at both KBIS and IBS shows.
This year we counted 37 companies with kitchen
cabinet displays, which is up from 30 last year. And
the number of displays was up, too, rising from 107
last year to 151 this year. ❮