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For many years the kitchen was a ignored area. After a period when large living spaces were preferred and kitchens became "family rooms", there is now a return to the "kitchen-kitchen" concept in Italy . First of all, there is a search for harmony in kitchen decoration as the kitchen is no longer a place relegated to paid help; it is the assuasive place to which the family returns after a difficult day to quietly prepare an evening meal that is a homage to "slow food" - and is almost always accompanied by a bottle of vintage wine.

The second major part in kitchen decorating, is closely related to the lifestyle of the family. This is the need for a kitchen that is practical and makes the utmost use of all work-saving technology. Although wood kitchens continues to be used in country residences, the new preferences are mostly for linear, stainless steel kitchen furniture. Little nooks for odds and ends and various items are definitely out. These decorative items only collect dust and add to unnecessary chores. Instead, out-of-sight kitchen storage is at a premium.

A clear example of the latest course in practicality is provided by the kitchens called "Italia" from the Arclinea Collection. Arclinea also sets a premium to personalizing the kitchen to make it a "living space" suited to the owner's individual needs.

Below is a sample from the Mediterranea kitchen line by ARCLINEA.

Mediterranea kitchen

At the centre of the work is a multi-function work island equipped with open units and work top for cooking. This is flanked by a preparation work top in steel, complete with moveable kitchen units. This is the idea at the base of the Artusi kitchen programm: extensive use of stainless steel and the generous range of useful accessories, such as the utensil bar going right around the kitchen hood, and the big, sliding polyethylene chopping boards, that allow food to be moved both horizontally and vertically during preparation, from the kitchen sink to the cooking area.

An “activity centre” is here completed with an easy-to-clean, stainless steel food preparation work top with utensil trolley, and also by a complete structure of wall units, with wide doors and vertical handles for freezer anf pantry. Below is a sample from the Artusi line by Arclinea.

Artusi kitchen

Linear design and lots of space under the kitchen furniture and appliances are the hallmark of Cucine Lube Over Spa. Lube product line is famous for its vast attention to detail. Lavanda is a elegant kitchen with simple, linear design. The particularity of Lavanda lies in the bold matching of the work tops, the contrast of colours in the cabinets door finishes, highly professional work areas, and accessories that use available kitchen space to the maximum. Below Lavanda kitchen model by LUBE.

Lavanda kitchen

Designer steel cooking surfaces, such as those encompassing four cooking fires alined lengthwise to acilitate reach and reduce back strain, are the most recent endowment to making cooking an easier job patented by Binova. REGULA by Paolo Nava and Fabio Casiraghi, leaves behind the classical conception of continuity and horizontality to arrive at a versatile system, free from pre-established schemes.

Regula kitchen

The new kitchen trend towards easy living and harmony is illustrated by the kitchens of the line "Argentario" and "Portofino" produced by another large company, Scic. The Portfino model of this line of kitchen furniture in white varnish and natural wood provides a relaxing atmosphere with plenty of kitchen storage space to facilitate different tasks. Below Argentario and Portfino by Scic.

Argentario kitchen

Portofino kitchen

Another Italian company manufacturing kitchens Scavolini has as its motto: "The kitchen that is most loved by the Italians". Scavolini also has developed kitchens with clean lines, functional kitchen storage and working space.

Snaidero is a company has issued a publication called Kitchen. It's another of the major kitchen manufacturers in Italy that takes pride in high-quality and style. Modern design, ample use of stainless steel surfaces and relaxing colors are attributes of the new kitchen lines of this Italian manufacturer.

In the other trend, where working space is not a problem, a newly designed cooking surface realized by Ariston called "multifunction" provides about 25 percent more space compared to classic surfaces.

A linear design is characteristic another Italian kitchen manufacturer Ernestomeda and their kitchen model "Seventy".

The Italian company Home produces high-quality kitchens that have overcome special resistance test and hence are destined to last over time. Beyond the quality, the design of these kitchens is attractive making use of light colors and clean lines.

Fully attuned to the latest trends in kitchen design, is the model "Continua" by Binova that promotes its "techno-logical" kitchens.

The kitchen manufacturer GeD produces a kitchen "Naturasia Forma" that is made out of European cherry wood. The warm natural color of the cherry wood is highlighted by stainless steel appliances and handles. There is ample storage and work space in this kitchen, including a thick cutting board.

The Minacciolo kitchen line "Rio Bo" has an aura of tradition in the kitchen components, but the style tends to be linear, while the colors of the wood are light in contrast to the dark oak widely used before.

Italian kitchen design has moved into the modern age while revisiting a unforgotten and treasured past.

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