Last week I went to a very cool event on the rooftop of one of those great old factory buildings on Manhattan’s west side, in the 30s. These days they are entertaining spaces, all white lofts, with candles everywhere and spectacular views of the city. Speaking – and cooking- was the esteemed architect Adam Tihany, known for his great design work in restaurants; Fern Mallis, the founder of Fashion Week; the chef Cesare Casella, formerly of restaurant Beppe, now in his Upper east side restaurant; and Dino Borri, who is Mr. Eataly. By that I mean, he is the person in charge of all Eataly stores around the world, and for bringing us all the fantastic products in the Eataly in NYC, on 23rd & Fifth ave.
This esteemed group had gathered to tell us about the upcoming 2014 Italian kitchen event in Milan.
Every April in Milan, the renowned ‘Salone de Mobile’ takes place. It’s like fashion week for the design and furniture industry; it’s that important! Last year, FederlegnoArredo, the Italian Federation of wood, cork, furniture and furnishing industries, presented “Kitchen, Soul, Design: L’Italia che Vive,” an effort to show the best designed kitchen companies in Italy. And now that I’ve seen some examples, I’m lusting after a new kitchen. We’re talking beauty and innovation.
The Eurocucina Show, in April, 2014, will exhibit a combination of the cutting edge and the traditional. The special show Made in Italy reflects the everpresent passion and spirit that has, throughout history placed Italy at the forefront of art, creativity and culinary excellence.
The two kitchens shown here: (upper image) Snaidero board Verde : Snaidero’s solution for apartments or limited space environments is tailored, flexible, yet its design concept is beautiful and doesn’t sacrifice on function. Scavolini Diesel: Scavolini has designed an extremely modern and modular kitchen, yet one featuring a distinctly vintage spirit in its materials, treatments and finishes. The result: an ambiance that blends modern with comfort.
At bottom left to right: Adam Tihany, Fern Mallis, Dino Bori, Cesare Casella.
Stay tuned, there will be more on this in April!