Kitchen Trends 2022: The Background Editor *

Every year, Wallpaper * searches for the coolest kitchen designs from the world’s best specialty manufacturers. Here we select the best kitchen trends for 2022, from subtle color shades to the most coveted materials for kitchen cabinets, and including the latest multifunctional technology to make your kitchen ultra-smart.

Kitchen Trends 2022: The Background Editor *

Wooden kitchens

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The German specialist Eggersmann is known for its beautifully designed, minimalist kitchen designs, now including the new ‘Lausanne’ kitchen. With fronts with vertical wooden slats in silver-oiled oak, they are individually adapted – with millimeter precision – so that they fit perfectly around each built-in appliance. The distinctive design can be combined with solid wooden table tops as well as shiny stainless steel surfaces.

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In contrast to the Danish company’s first foray into kitchen design, which was an affair in entirely steel, Vipp’s ‘V2’ model comes with a completely new material palette centered around cabinets in dark oak and including Jura limestone counters and reed glass doors. Also highlighted is the brand’s brand of extruded aluminum, which appears in rounded aluminum profiles with reed-shaped details that act as discrete, integrated drawer and cabinet handles.

An expressive use of wood surfaces is one of the defining elements in Vincent Van Duysen’s latest kitchen design for Dada. The ‘Intersection’ kitchen is a testament to the brand’s excellence in making and combining materials, and the architecture-like design is inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian and Carlo Scarpa. ‘A project that plays with proportions, thicknesses and a mix of refined materials,’ says Van Duysen, who played with geometric compositions and materials, resulting in a design that can be infinitely customized with options, including linear, corner and island compositions.

British designer John Pawson’s kitchen for Obumex was first launched 25 years ago and was a worldwide success thanks to its distinctive minimalist lines and free-standing elements. A milestone in kitchen design, Pawson’s model was created to be long-lasting – the kitchen world’s Porsche 911 – and it has proven to be. But now, to celebrate Obumex’s 60th anniversary, the Belgian company has decided to reissue Pawson’s kitchen. Updating what is designed to last forever requires only a light touch, and the new edition has the same refined, cut-off architectural language as its predecessor – only the material combination has changed. For this special edition, Pawson has selected an island in solid American walnut, white lacquered fronts and a limestone backplate. Simple, but as always effective.

Expressive stone for kitchen surfaces

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After presenting its first model at the New York MoMA in 1972, the Italian brand Rossana knows a thing or two about kitchen islands. Its latest groundbreaking design, the ‘Isøla’ kitchen by architect Carlo Colombo, is a sculptural creation available in a range of stones, including Melbourne and Aria marble and Zebrato granite. The kitchen is divided by vertical steel profiles that cut through the stone fronts to create a bold, graphic surface.

Slim and functional kitchen cabinets

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Sometimes with kitchens is simply better. Flexible and functional, Arclinea’s new ‘Thea’ handle-free kitchen is designed to function as a double offering, with a wall of contrasting cabinets separating a black marble-clad island from an all-white, functional space. It is a design trend that is popular in Southeast Asia, where many new homes include a ‘dry’ kitchen in the living room, designed for social gatherings and cocktail making, and a ‘wet’ kitchen tucked away where the right cooking is done.

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A new take on the ‘Alea’ model, the newly launched ‘Alea Pro’ focuses on details, especially the opening grooves, which are underlined by a profile to highlight the vertical and horizontal lines. The doors have a bevelled upper edge, while side panels with spacing give a lighter look to the base units. It is available in a wide variety of materials, including Super White laminate fronts, Inalco counters and panels, and anodized champagne spacers.

Dark minimalism

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By assembling Modulnova’s ‘Twenty’ minimalist kitchen system and monolithic ‘Frame’ cabinets, this new model (aptly named ‘Twenty Frame’) is about large proportions and linear design. The large horizontal central island in dark lime wash comes with elongated drawers and an eye-catching cantilevered kitchen table, while tall units of Milan walnut, inspired by 1950s cabinets, add warmth and ample storage to the space.

Austrian designer Martin Steininger’s award-winning ‘Fold’ kitchen, an origami-inspired creation first launched in 2019 in a glittering gold-brass alloy, is now available in a new black steel version. It is the perfect material to highlight the sharp angles of the sculptural design, which are tailored in Steininger’s workshops using a computer-based production technique and then finished by hand. Such precision makes the monolithic design appear to float, makes it possible to integrate a custom sink perfectly and hides plenty of smart storage in the sloping cabinets. The minimalist look is complemented by high-tech connectivity options, with an M.Pod element that provides both a work surface and a smart control panel, so shopping can be ordered and recipes invoked in an instant.

Embedded handle design

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Among the most discreet but functional kitchen trends for 2022 is the use of concealed handles for a sleek, streamlined design. Piero Lissoni has updated its ‘Aprile’ design from 2010 with the new recessed ‘Sloane’ door handle, a rectangular cutout cut out of the cupboard doors by Boffi’s skilled craftsmen in Brianza, northern Italy. It is available in a variety of finishes, including gunmetal or natural stained wood, which can be designed to either complement or contrast with the fronts and match the edges or table top to create pleasant subtle details.

Colorful kitchens

The color returns to the kitchen in 2022 with a subtle palette of pastels and sober shades that well complement the materials of modern kitchen design. The German manufacturer SieMatic is known for its ultra-efficient, perfectly designed luxury kitchens, which are usually presented in a selection of crisp white, black and gray. But now the Löhne-based company is spraying out with a kaleidoscopic array of new color variants. Its individual color system has 1,950 colors, from pastels like sage green and powder pink, to metallic shades including gold bronze and nickel, and subtle tones like pebble gray and plum velvet. Available in both matte and glossy finishes, the dizzying color choice allows customers to completely tailor their SieMatic kitchens to create unique designs. The company’s show kitchens still follow the monochrome look, with entire kitchens adorned in a single sophisticated shade, but nothing stops you from going for a rainbow look if you dare.

The Danish kitchen specialist Reform has collaborated with Aspekt Office on ‘Unit’, a new kitchen intended as a center and a multifunctional space that can function as an office. The kitchen’s dark oak fronts contrast with colorful cabinets available in a wide contrast palette that includes anthracite, sand gray, white, green and yellow.

Modernist modularity

Smallbone is known for its high-quality bespoke kitchens and cabinets, and it is fair to say that its ‘iconic’ hand-painted kitchen, a bestseller since its launch 30 years ago, really deserves its name. But now the Devizes-based brand is branching out from the historic look with a new ‘modernist’ line, defined by clean lines and refined materials. A modular concept inspired by the famous ‘shape follows function’ word, it has oak veneer, Belgian stone counters and a soft gray finish, as well as tinted glass panels and shelves in custom-made metal frames. We are particularly pleased with the undercut top edges, which replace traditional handles and create a series of shadow lines across the cabinet fronts. If the exterior is a departure from Smallbone’s previous offering, the interior is still equipped with the company’s infinitely customized walnut signature drawer boxes.

Modern kitchen utensils: smart pull-outs

One of the most technological kitchen trends for 2022, range hoods have become smart. Take Gaggenau’s new ‘Vario’ discrete downdraft fan. Installed flush between your induction and gas cookers, it draws steam, odor and steam down directly at the source before they have even managed to escape into the kitchen. Known for its professional household appliances, Gaggenau is a pioneer in downdraft ventilation: the German manufacturer’s first model dates from 1976, so it has had plenty of time to perfect its offering. Tucked away in the counter and allowing for uninterrupted views, ‘Vario’ is ideal for kitchen islands and is especially useful when installed next to a gas wok or teppanyaki grill. It also comes with reassuring traditional control buttons, so there is no chance that you accidentally turn it off while trying to turn on the music.

The Italian company Elica has specialized in the manufacture of high-tech hoods for over 50 years, and its latest model is the latest in a long line of groundbreaking creations. The ultra-thin ‘Super Plat’ is a modern, flat design that can be installed either between kitchen cabinets or as a stand-alone unit. It comes in two versions, either black or gray glass, both enriched with front grilles in die-cast aluminum and a cast iron finish. The hood works silently, even at the highest speeds, and allows you to talk and cook at the same time (if your culinary skills of course allow it). It also has Elica’s Multi-d Capture technology, which means cooking odors are removed in a snap, and it comes with the mandatory matching app and even voice control – handy if you have tomato sauce all over your hands and the chopped garlic burns.

Next generation faucets

Kohler’s ‘Sensate’ faucet is equipped with Kohler Konnect, which results in a smart, voice and app-controlled kitchen assistant. Via simple voice commands, users can turn the water on and off and dispense measured amounts of water, while the Konnect app monitors water consumption and sends an alert if unusual use is detected. Advanced sensor technology allows for touch-free on / off commands, and the two-function pull-down spray head with touch control allows you to smoothly switch from power to spray for superior surface cleaning. The faucet can be connected to any voice-controlled device and switches off automatically after four minutes to ensure that the faucet does not run continuously.


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