I feel like I should apologize. Two weeks have passed since my return from the thrilling LivingKitchen show in Cologne. In my defense, a week’s absence has meant a week’s worth of email to read and respond to, and there’s nothing like a move (from the eighth floor to the 15th) to add a little spice to the task of putting out an issue.
Nevertheless, I wanted to jot down a few words about the show and share a few images I took while there.
First, wow. And on so many levels. Although this was not my first European show, I was still impressed by the booths, many of which showcased their wares with dramatically black walls, strategic lighting and a variety of artistically chosen and placed accessories.
Equally impressive was the amount of traffic in the three halls. The final tally, according to a post-show report, was 138,000 visitors in total for both LivingKitchen and imm Cologne, which is equal to a 38 percent increase over last year’s event. This, along with the sheer energy in the air, seems noteworthy, given this was LivingKitchen’s debut. After all, aren’t we in the midst of a global economic downturn?
And then there were the products. Yes, the cabinetry was sleek, contemporary and gorgeous, tending toward neutrals—black, white and taupe—and warm, unabashedly textured woods in natural, honey-toned finishes. If not textured, the wooden doors boasted dramatic graining oriented horizontally or vertically.
Finally, I don’t know if it was just me, but I couldn’t help noticing the wide array of ventilation products on the show floor. Naturally, these included retractable downdraft systems, wall and island ventilation hoods, as well as air recirculation units. What made many of them memorable, however, were their striking forms and finishes.
In the meantime, here are some additional images I snapped.
From Blanco, a retractable faucet (whose name escapes me right now):
I snapped a great many more photos but unfortunately I’m not the greatest photographer, especially when surrounded by crowds. I’ll see if any more are up to snuff once I finish the issue.
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