Fiona Barker-Scott is the brand manager at Italian kitchen extraction brand Falmec
Innovative materials for the appliance sector
Posted 18th April
The kitchen is now recognised as the central hub of the home, and thus its design is increasingly important for homeowners. Technology in the extractor sector has developed to provide solutions that favour a more aesthetically pleasing kitchen design whilst allowing maximum flexibility of installation in the kitchen.
Big is beautiful when it comes to extractors and bold, dramatic designs that incorporate ambient lighting and use stainless steel, aluminium and glass have transformed these noble items into great focal points in the kitchen.
We are now seeing a number of new, innovative uses of material in the extractor market. At Falmec, we pay homage to our Italian heritage by using authentic Murano glass in a number of our extractor designs, offering a high-performance appliance which doubles up as a striking lighting installation. It also provides that extra dash of luxury; the perfect finishing touch for a premium kitchen.
Other material innovations include extractors whereby the front panel can be replaced with any material or colour of the consumer’s choice. This is a great solution for using material in a creative way; to match existing décor or correspond with worktops, splashbacks or other appliances. As the market continues to be driven by open plan kitchen designs and multi-purpose kitchen islands, these new and innovative styles offer additional options within extraction design.
Meanwhile, stainless steel remains a classic; a true kitchen staple. It is an incredibly versatile material that can work with almost every kitchen furniture style and colour, which undoubtedly is a contributing factor to its continued success in the market. Almost all kitchen components feature an element of steel in their design. Many appliances are manufactured entirely from stainless whilst others may have just a trim or hinge detail. Even the smallest details of stainless steel on a product help to create a more cohesive and coordinated look within a kitchen’s design as they will work in harmony with other appliances, regardless of the brand or manufacturer.
Stainless steel used in the kitchen traditionally heralded from commercial kitchens because it was hygienic and very easy to keep clean. Now, the material has evolved and is rarely amiss in any kitchen, professional or domestic. With consumers seeking a low maintenance material that will help keep their kitchens looking pristine, stainless steel remains a firm favourite.
Steel remains a popular choice, particularly in “lux-dustrial” kitchen designs. As more homeowners are experimenting with more aggressive types of cooking such as teppanyaki, barbecue and griddle and aspire to have their own professional style kitchen, the trend for stainless steel could see even greater heights.