THE KITCHEN HAS LONG BEEN A FETISH OF QUEBECERS. IN FACT, THIS TREND IS JUST GROWING STRONGER. THE ISLAND HAS CONQUERED THE HEARTS OF COOKS AND THEIR GUESTS, AND IS NOW THE FOCAL POINT IN KITCHENS EVERYWHERE. NOWADAYS, ADDITIONS ARE THE NAME OF THE GAME AND WITH THE RIGHT PRODUCTS THE ROOM IS TRANSFORMED. AS A RESULT, WE’RE NOT ALTOGETHER SURE THAT WE’RE EVEN IN A KITCHEN
Integra from Pedini A new variation on the same theme, with the same Italian kitchen designer’s program (see previous page). A complete wall for storage, it’s not just for storing casseroles and dishes: you can just as easily install an oven, a TV, and store utensils or CDs.The idea is to have everything at your fingertips, to spend your time in one place. To do it, you’ll need space, because the kitchen now serves as the dining room and the living room. But you may have to knock down a few walls. Available at Cuisilab.
Integra from Pedini The final example of the same kitchen model. Here the island’s capacity has increased. New zones are created within the same space. A counter extension positioned at a right angle faces huge bay windows that bring the outside in. Note again that the furnishings have clean lines with no handles. Instead, there is a groove to slide your hand in to open doors and drawers, or a mechanism that produces the same result by simply touching the front. Overloading is not on the program here. Available at Cuisilab.
Integrated Series from Fihaba Appliances are indispensable in any kitchen, but they have evolved by taking into account today’s lifestyle – the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables or our passion for wine for example. Fihaba is an Italian company that decided to revolutionize the way appliances are designed, adding controls for temperature and humidity level, cold diffusion, odours, and cross-contamination of foods. Not to mention a refrigerator compartment which becomes a freezer. Available at Amiel.
Cuisine Royal Kitchen In order to open new horizons, today’s kitchen must dispense with certain traditional attributes such as the famous upper cabinets. Storage is now located down below. If there are upper cabinets, the number is reduced, or there is a play with contrasts: some full, some empty, or contrasting materials perhaps. If one doesn’t opt to do it differently (such as creating a full section of wall cabinets), then a decorative wall with shelves or a stone or mosaic finish will do the trick. Available at Cuisine Royal.
Ispira Range hood by Venmar In open concept environments, one of the kitchen’s essential ap-plian-ces, the range hood, often takes centre stage. After all, you have to get rid of smoke and odours in this living space. Range hoods come in many different forms, like sculptures, and now with bright cheerful colours, they are decorative as well. With a choice of seven colours, it might be easy to forget the performance aspect; no worries however, this model has powerful ventilation that functions silently. Available at JC Perreault.
Integra from Pedini The quintessential change we are now witnessing: a multi-purpose room with a lot to offer. We cook, eat, and hang out here. Islands were created to attract attention and are not to be ignored; TVs are built-in which attract interest in the kitchen and not the room next door. Moreover, rooms are no longer separated – now there’s just one living space. The contrast between the white lacquer and the dark brown veneer reinforces the idea of a unique space. Available at Cuisilab.