Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry has been wafting the same line for years when it comes to edge detail, the countertop ends and directly below the cabinetry starts, until now. A new era has begun. What began as an effort to make the opening and closing of doors and drawers easier has turned into a revolutionary design change for kitchen and bathrooms. Cabinetry is no longer a bunch of boxes with the same old 90° corners. While at the Euro Cucina Kitchen and Bath Show in Milan, all of my fellow trend spotters were mesmerized by the same big reveal.
Let’s call it a reveal grip when it is used in lieu of cabinet hardware. It also keeps cabinets cleaner than a touch-latch.Form follows function was the credo of modern architects and designers back in the 1930’s. This ideal infects many of our favorite products today such as those by Apple or OXO (the Good Grips people). Such products function well, make our lives easier and do not clutter our space.
BYE BYE HARDWARE The best solution to achieve the cleanest and sleekest look in cabinetry is to forgo the hardware. In the last couple of years we’ve seen cabinet door and drawer fronts shift towards a flat panel as opposed to a inset panel with lots of intricate lines and places for dirt and grime to collect. It is only natural to refine this further by removing the hardware from the cabinets as one more step in making our kitchens and baths easy to use and easy to keep clean. (A daily chore in many kitchens is simply wiping down the hardware, ugh.) One doesn’t need “jewelry” in the kitchen especially, as many hardware people like to sell it. Cabinets need to function, not add to one’s list of chores. A reveal grip achieves this with style.
DESIGN STATEMENT The revel offers opportunity for creativity with materials, lighting and functionality.
FIRST SIGN Last year at the kitchen and bath show in Cologne, Germany we began to see the introduction of the reveal. Though we saw some hardware, it was very minimal.
GOOD DESIGN In our fast paced, no time for anything lifestyle, we want to achieve more without being encumbered visually or physically. When a problem is identified, a solution applied and the result is a better functioning object which also looks good, this is good design.
Just look at how elegant this bathroom sink and vanity by Gessi and Karol are. Modern, classic and as easy to use.
Think of cabinets like fashion. Each fall or spring designers ride the new wave of some new trend. If miniskirts are in, everyone shows them. If ruffles are in, every designer has them. What is in for one is in for all. How do they do it all at the same time, is there some secret meeting? Kitchen and bath cabinetry just made the same shift, in Europe. Trends start in Europe, and since this change was not in a little microcosm of exhibitors but in almost every cabinetry booth, this is more than a trend it is a revolution.
Disclosure: The point of view expressed above is my own. Our trip to Venice and Milan with BlogTour Milan was possible by the generous sponsorship provided by the National Kitchen and Bath Association(NKBA), BLANCO America, Gessi Company, Clever Storage by Kesseboehmer, Dekton by Cosentino, and Modenus.