It is hard to put BlogTour Milan into words.The tour embraced all things Italy and with that came a blend of fashion, relaxed lifestyle, delectable food and an unparalleled beauty found in all aspects of design and style. Attending Eurocucina during Salone del Mobile 2014 was certainly a highlight. The show inspired us with innovative booth design, a lot of organic beauty and unique surface and shape options. Visits with sponsor Blanco and Dekton by Cosentino continued said inspiration resulting in the ultimate conclusion, when can we move?
Our first evening in Milan was graciously hosted by BlogTour sponsor Blanco in the Brera District of Milan.The narrow cobble stoned streets were brimming with the latest in fashion, music, cafes and stunning design and vintage shops. We promise to get to a full tour of the district with Toma Haines, The Antiques’ Dive, very soon. Prior to dinner we visited the brand new Acheo showroom who had teamed up with Blanco to exhibit their ultra modern cabinetry and Blanco sinks during design week in Milan. Bloggers enjoyed Italian wine, aperitivo and the best of Blanco & Acheo.
A prominent design trend in Milan were super thin counter tops with minimal beveled edges. Blanco was right on that trend with their latest Steelart design that seamlessly integrates the sink into the brushed stainless counter top. Blanco tell us about the new collection: “STEELART designs include FLOW™, ARCON™, PRECISION™ 16″ and the breakthrough PRECISION MicroEdge™ which offers a virtually seamless flushmount look. Each transcends the kitchen sink to an award-winning, handcrafted work of art.“
A second trend that did not go unnoticed in Milan was a tendency toward textured surfaces and, leading the way, was BlogTour Milan sponsor Dekton By Cosentino. Dekton, more about this revolutionary material here, displayed the latest finishes and textures (as you can see we couldn’t keep the bloggers away from it) but assure us that only a visit to their factory in Spain will allow us to fully grasp the possibilities. There was word that they imprint a surface with custom patterns…Damask counter tops? We suppose so.
Can anyone say BlogTour Spain? We can!
Ok back to trends – here are several favorites that we hope to see in the US very soon: