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Product Design
Published: 15 Sep 2015

IFA 2015: Designer Kitchen Appliances

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L-R: Patricia Urquiola for Beko, Philippe Starck for Gorenje

Renowned international designers Patricia Urquiola and Philippe Starck have turned their skills to designing a range of kitchen appliances – as seen at IFA Berlin (4-9 September) last week.

The futuristic range by French designer Starck for Slovenian company Gorenje features mirrored glass and polished stainless steel across the appliances. The highly reflective finishes create an illusory feel for a sleek, statement look.

Oversized square handles provide interruptions to the seamless flow, with their orange backing creating an interesting colour effect on the reflective panel behind. Alongside gridded cast-iron hob mounts, these chunky motifs add an industrial quality to the designs.

Meanwhile, Spanish designer Urquiola's Cast collection for Turkish brand Beko takes a subtler approach, focusing on minimal design and quality materials that blend into contemporary homes. The range was originally launched at Eurocucina during Milan Design Week 2014.

A simple box-like cooker hood in dark grey provides a particular highlight – featuring an inbuilt shelf for cookbooks and ornaments to create a living space feel in the kitchen. The same dark glass is used across the range of fridges, ovens and microwaves, featuring a delicate striped design that adds interest to these everyday appliances.

Designer collaborations are becoming more commonplace within kitchen design as brands seek to bring a fresh approach to these spaces – see Reform: Customising Ikea Kitchens and Sebastian Cox for Devol Kitchens for further examples. For more on contemporary kitchen design, see our Kitchen & Bathroom report from Milan Design Week 2014.

Look out for more coverage from IFA Berlin 2015, coming soon.

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