It is not surprising that the ranks of manufacturers who use GRASS movement systems in their furniture are constantly growing, as the elegant, linear and convenient products can be flexibly integrated into a wide range of design concepts. Visitors to the EuroCucina 2016 were able to experience this quality first hand at the stands of almost 50 exhibitors.
For some time now kitchens and living areas have been merging together. This development was omnipresent at the EuroCucina. It was demonstrated in the colours, materials and the way that kitchen furniture is integrated into its environment. Dark, warm, earthy tones are combined with accessories in copper or gold. Shelf elements break up the rows of kitchen units.
The cooking areas are either prominently displayed or discreetly concealed. The German manufacturer LeichtKüchen, for example, had a kitchen on show that was only recognisable as a kitchen when the doors were opened. Otherwise the Leicht exhibits stood out from those of other suppliers, whose stands mainly featured dark colour schemes, and light and lively niches were the themes that hallmarked the design of the Leicht products. Inside the furniture, the GRASS Nova Pro Scala Crystal comprehensive drawer system continued this approach.
Linear, geometric forms were the distinguishing features of Dada that used several GRASS products for its varied presentation. The elegant Tiomos hinge was also used as well as the cubist Vionaro drawer system, which is based on the Dynapro concealed slide system. One highlight of the Dada show presentation was the Armani kitchen that combines solid materials such as marble and metal in surprising filigree designs.
At the IBK stand visitors were also able to see for themselves the perfect options which the GRASS products offer kitchen manufacturers for developing flexible and individual furniture. The Italian manufacturer offered individualisation in its purest form; a cabinet with different, exchangeable surfaces that creates a comprehensive range of aesthetic components. Inside the furniture the individualisation options seamlessly continued with Nova Pro Scala – IBK showed how the drawer side of the drawer system can be customised to suit individual preferences in seconds.
One system, flexible but easily customised– this concept that GRASS implemented with the greatest artistry with Nova Pro Scala was also on show at the Valcucine stand. The fronts and drawers of the models made by this Italian company can be replaced with minimum effort. A special, convenient solution was developed in collaboration with GRASS for innovative kitchen users; it was possible to operate the Sensomatic damping system by foot with a motion sensor, a feature which is extremely practical when the chef’s hands are both full.
At its stand, the German manufacturer HäckerKüchen showed how individualisation is possible in series production. The company exhibited a completely handle-free kitchen in which the GRASS Sensomatic permits opening of regular and pot drawers with a gentle push. With the branded drawer sides, GRASS was also able to demonstrate on the Häcker exhibits how GRASS can respond to the requirements of its customers.
The surfaces at the EuroCucina 2016 were not simply rough or smooth – they were finely structured, coarse or ribbed. This new sensuality was to be found, for example, in the material mix of the Italian kitchen furniture manufacturer Arrital – one of the four new GRASS customers exhibiting at the EuroCucina. With its clear, defined designs, Arrital is ideally suited to the GRASS product portfolio. Nova Pro Scala and Tipmatic Soft-close were included in the high-quality kitchens to the great satisfaction of the company.
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