Kitchens in Focus
June 13, 2019
We enjoyed the CWD panel discussion on the future of luxury and what that means for the design industry. The S word was a big part of the conversation as London had only a few weeks prior seen the largest climate change protests by Extinction Rebellion. What does Sustainability look like … The notion that luxury by its very nature tends to be more sustainable as it generally produced in smaller volumes and it more handcrafted than mass produced products was discussed. This does not preclude designers from steering clients towards truly sustainable design and products where it may not be at the top of the brief. Harry Mckinely steered the discussion towards the culture of luxury and how that is interpreted throughout the world as more and more practices are working globally, a sense that there must be a respect of culture but at the same time bringing a global perspective to design. Luxury is multifunctional marrying the quality of the materials and the personal touch that ultimately creating a sense of time well spent in the space. Placing a strong focus on specifying sustainable products is slowly growing with many practices and designers making it a consideration. Many manufactures are conscious, one that has been forward thinking is Valcucine.
The Valcucine company vision “We have a dream, a waste-free world” has resulted in respecting the main principles of dematerialisation, recycling and reusing, reducing toxic emissions and guaranteeing a long technical and aesthetic life to products.
An example of this is Artematica, which revolutionised the kitchen door concept as the first door in the world to have an aluminium frame, invisible from the outside. Artematica was also the first 100% recyclable door made from glass and aluminium with no visible frame or hinges as well as the first door with a system that conveys water without getting wet. It then evolved into an even slimmer door: Ricicla, again with an aluminium frame but a panel that was only 2mm thick. Today, the door has evolved into Riciclantica, a new single-material door made from 100% aluminium with a 2mm thick aesthetic panel.
Nowadays, not only does innovation mean combining functionality and aesthetics but also adopting a conscientious use of materials: this is how the new, 100% recyclable, Invitrum glass base units were achieved. They are completely devoid of formaldehyde emissions, they don’t use double side panels and have been designed to be easily disassembled and reused or recycled at the end of their life cycle. The future has to be sustainable to create spaces that are enjoyable to live and work in for decades to come.
Escape into Creative Spaces with July’s Enki Magazine
We can’t do much about June’s abysmal weather but perhaps you could escape through the pages of Enki’s Adventure Issue. With an exclusive interview with CEO of Valcucine Mr Giuseppe Di Nuccio; he discusses future Valcucine and how Eco-Sustainability is intrinsic to Valcucine and what the new launch heralds for the brand… Read about the Logica Launch