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Feb 15 2012

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From Italy: Previews of Salone & Eurocucina

You start by reading a press release about a new bath collection Antonio Lupi will be showing at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair and the next thing you know, you’re watching a video on the manufacture of a beautiful Officine Gullo pro-style range from Florence, Italy. Go figure.

First up, Exelen is a new bath line designed by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti for Antonio Lupi that encompasses sinks, tubs, shower, storage solutions and accessories. The press release, which veered a little into the conceptual, provided little additional information, except that the pieces are designed to be modular for easy adaptability to a variety of bath setting. I guess you’ll just have to visit the collection in the flesh in Milan.

antoniolupi - EXELEN - anteprima Salone 2012_immagine_20120214161111
So what else will be showing at the Milan Furniture Fair, or more specifically, Eurocucina? Italian furniture maker Lando will be featuring Ethos, a kitchen system designed by Enzo Berti that makes it that much easier to keep kitchens open (after all, that is where we’re headed). The collection comprises freestanding cabinets and a multifunctional island, available in walnut or larch wood, that can be outfitted with a cooktop and a sink. Unfortunately, the image looks like a rendering, so again, you’ll just have to see the actual product in Milan…

LANDO ad EUROCUCINA con il nuovo sistema ETHOS e il tavolo CARTESIO_immagine_20120207150015
For those who prefer a more classic look to their kitchens, Florence, Italy-based Restart will also be on site with its kitchen offerings, which include “cooking blocks” that can be equipped with a variety of cooking options to allow at-home chefs to sauté, steam, fry, barbecue and bake. Ovens come with electronic programming and rotisserie.

Restart Cucine, Anteprima Eurocucina, Salone del Mobile 2012_immagine_20120210115414
Restart Cucine, Anteprima Eurocucina, Salone del Mobile 2012_immagine_20120210115058

Also from the Restart group is Officine Gullo, whose P70 is a serious cooking “machine” for, well, serious cooks. Made of heavy-gauge steel, it features a cooktop equipped with 7.5 kW burners (a little more than 25,000 Btu) that can be customized with a wide array of cooking options, as with Restart’s cooking blocks. It also includes scratch-resistant brushed stainless-steel surfaces and trays, slow-close drawers with a locking mechanism and a choice of oven options: a Maxi-oven that accommodates eight trays, as well as a convection oven and a natural gas oven. Sinks are also available.

Officine Gullo, Anteprima Eurocucina, Salone del Mobile 2012_immagine_20120210120452
As to the video, I actually watched the entire thing as I was eating breakfast. The company did a pretty effective job of creating drama around the making of an Officine Gullo range and hood (or it could just be the nerd in me). You can see the video here.

As a side note, the Restart products reminded me of La Cornue, which is expanding into kitchen cabinetry (look for a mention in our March issue).

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