Between smart porcelain and connected kitchens, Milan Design Week celebrates food
The Salone del Mobile in Milan is back after a two-year break. Now in its sixtieth edition, the Salone is “reborn” with more than two thousand exhibitors, with a rapidly recovering furniture market and a general sense of optimism. This year the Fiera di Rho also hosts the Eurocucine exhibition, dedicated to the world of kitchens and technology applied to the preparation, conservation and consumption of food. Many proposals and novelties presented this year, inside the Salone and in the Fuorisalone, not only in terms of furnishings and appliances, but more generally as regards the complement and objects for the home.
In this regard it is noted among the most interesting proposals, the Occasional Object concept, presented by Alessi. The company celebrates its centenary during Milan Design Week with the Alessi 100 – 001 exhibition, an expression of the company’s character, which explores the past, present and future through the narration of the twelve founding values of its identity and practice in the field. of applied arts. Alessi 100 – 001 explores the first hundred years and, at the same time and in a significant way, presents the first project of the next century. It is a cutlery set created in collaboration with Virgil Abloh and his London-based design studio Alaska Alaska, presented through a modern-surrealist installation created by Studio Temp, an Italian graphic design studio. The cutlery set, produced in Italy and made of stainless steel, includes a knife, a fork, a spoon and a particular carabiner that binds the elements together, both to contextualize them in a new way of setting the table, and to offer them as indispensable accessory to always carry with you. Cutlery, traditionally associated with the formality of the mise en place and the experience of sitting down, are reinterpreted as objects of a new conviviality, free from conventions.
On the occasion of the Milan Design Week, Bitossi Home inaugurates its first Milanese boutique and presents the Tavola Scomposta collection, the expression of a recognizable Italian culture, strongly linked to the traditional origins of Bitossi, with a style open to the contemporary. The boutique also presents Emporio, the latest born in the Bitossi house: a set of pieces with a vintage character, selected through research that brings together the values, traditions and spirit of the brand. In addition, a new unique piece was presented for Design Week, to mark the arrival of Bitossi Home and its debut in Milan: the special edition Ciao Milano plate, an ode to the city and the new headquarters, available in exclusive at the Milanese store.
Seletti, an Italian figurative design company, also presents at Milan Design Week 2022 numerous and eclectic innovations, the result of artistic contamination and consolidated collaborations. Among these, the irreverent Diesel Living with Seletti universe stands out, born from the collaboration between the visionary spirit of the Diesel lifestyle brand and Seletti’s democratic approach. The company presents the Classics on Acid collection, original porcelain plates offered in six variations. The new plates, embellished with a contemporary and out of the ordinary decoration, represent an original solution for an unexpected set up for the table, but also beautiful accessories to hang on the wall.
The Fabita brand participates for the first time at the Salone del Mobilewhere he presents an idea of kitchen – the result of collaboration with Adriano Design – which evolves traditional furnishings to transform them into a series of free, light, flexible elements, perfect for responding to ever smaller spaces, nomadic social behaviors, living environments hybrids.
Among the new products presented at the Salone – within FTK, the exhibition dedicated to kitchen technologies – we find Eccolo, a single-burner induction hob: the round plate rests on a stem at a height of seventy centimeters and is supported on the ground by a round base which also acts as a cable reel. A front knob allows you to modulate the power in an analog way, making gestures intuitive, while the programs are activated by touching the backlit touch controls positioned on the hob itself. The structure is made entirely of aluminum and the hob is in glass ceramic, noble materials chosen to last for a long time, with a view to sustainability.Lightweight and dynamic, Eccolo can be easily transported from one room to another and even outside , to cook anywhere.
A journey into the future and into technology is offered to us by Bosch, which features the Home Connect app, an integrated system that allows users to adapt appliances to their individual habits and routines. The Home Connect system allows you to easily control all household appliances: from dishwashers to ovens to refrigerators, providing access to all essential product information at any time. The app allows access from anywhere via different devices such as smartphones, tablets, voice assistants and smartwatches.
Home Connect applies in particular to ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers. The ovens are equipped with sensors to help cook dishes to perfection, such as PerfectBake which constantly measures the humidity of the oven and adjusts the temperature accordingly. Through the app it is possible to monitor cooking and be notified when the dish is ready. In the recipes section you can find inspiration for the preparation of many different dishes. Just choose one to send the correct settings to the oven. With Home Connect, you can start the oven anywhere and at any time, even when you are away from home. Since the oven and the app are connected, you can monitor your appliance at all times and check whether it is on or off.
When it comes to the refrigerator, Home Connect always refers to the best way to store different foods and thus manages to correctly regulate the temperature, even from a distance. Smart refrigerators connected with Home Connect, thanks to integrated cameras, help avoid waste in the kitchen. The app, in fact, gives suggestions on where to properly store food inside the different areas of the refrigerator. Furthermore, a quick glance at the app itself is enough to check what’s in the refrigerator and what products you need to buy. Two built-in cameras take a photo every time the refrigerator is closed, this image is then encrypted and sent directly to your smartphone. Home Connect also helps to save energy: you can use the remote control to set the temperature and, when you go on a trip, put the appliance in holiday mode.
Finally, dishwashers make washing dishes simple with Home Connect and efficient, especially with regard to energy consumption. Thanks to the new washing assistant there is no need to think about which program to use for washing dishes. The smart dishwasher automatically proposes the most suitable program, depending on the type of dishes, quantity and degree of soiling. Once connected, the app sends updates on the status of the washing programs.
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