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European kitchen design is not always all modern – see the other side – old world European kitchen design.

Mark Wilkinson Obe







I was in London, when I heard the sad news. For somone who has been part of the European Kitchen Design business for more than 30 years, Mark Wilkinson was one of the greats.

Directly out of the Mark Wilkinson’s web site:

It is with great sadness that Canburg announces that Mark Wilkinson OBE, one of the world’s most influential designers has passed away peacefully at his home in Wiltshire.
A truly English “eccentric” Mark Wilkinson was a visionary designer and an exceptionally skilled craftsman and furniture maker. Amongst other accolades, he was a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers of the City of London; in 2010 he was awarded an OBE for Services to the Furniture Industry and Charity. Mark was also a member of MENSA.
During his long career his designs ranged from clothing to object d’art, but it is for furniture that he will be best remembered. In 1977 his first kitchen design in old pine pioneered the “English Country kitchen” and launched a new industry specialising in this aesthetic and style of living. Mark was a co-founder of Smallbone of Devizes and in 1981 he founded Mark Wilkinson Furniture. The company was sold to Canburg in 2009 and Mark was made Group Creative Director; he remained involved in the business until his death.
Best described as “furniture alchemy” the designs and artisan making of Mark Wilkinson Furniture carries forward Mark Wilkinson’s values in every piece that the company makes – inspired by a sustainable vision of bespoke furniture, rich with heritage and imbued with Mark’s infectious creativity.
Born in 1950, in North London, Mark’s early educational experiences as a child with dyslexia, informed both professional choices and personal passions. He had a long-standing commitment to supporting charities for dyslexia and the educational needs of children with the disability. He and his wife, Cynthia, had recently formed the Mark Wilkinson Foundation for Innovation and Employment to help further the ambitions and careers of young people with dyslexia.

EuroCucina – The Countdown Begins!

EuroCucina 2016


We are just weeks away from the 52nd anniversary of Saloni (Tuesday, April 12th., to Sunday, April 17th.). A big part of Saloni, every other year (on even years) is EuroCucina. 

Created in 1974, the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition runs concurrently with the International Bathroom Exhibition in the broader context of the Salone del Mobile.

EuroCucina showcases all the latest in the realm of high quality kitchens, responding to the escalating demand for functionality from increasingly savvy consumers. Its collateral event, FTK (Technology For the Kitchen), specialises in built-in appliances and cooker hoods, presenting the latest technology for “cooking” and living the kitchen space, embracing the innovative new dimension of “connectivity”.



23,813.25 DISPLAY AREA (sqm)


357,212 VISITORS


6 good reasons to visit EuroCucina:

  • 120 exhibitors on a surface of 23,000 m2 (EuroCucina), more than 40 exhibitors on 12,000 m2 (FTK)
  • Business: demand for kitchens has risen
  • Business: fertile ground for growing markets where large residential and hospitality contracts are being developed (USA, UK, China and some parts of the Middle East)
  • Top italian and international brands
  • Trends: cutting-edge innovation, technology and design
  • FTK: the connectivity that makes for intelligent homes



12-17 April 2016
9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Open to the general public on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April


Milan Fairgrounds, Rho (Milan)
Entrance gates:
Porta Est, Porta Sud, Porta Ovest

How To Get There



FTK – Technology For the Kitchen occupies

a dedicated area in pav. 9-11

Map of Exhibits in Saloni
Map of Exhibits in iSaloni

We’re back with a New Look!

Like we reported a few months ago, the server that hosted our site crashed, due to the amount of traffic we were getting, so thank you everyone! 🙂

The good news is that we are back with a whole new look and an entirely new site – hope you like it!

Something old, something new and something recycled

Perfectly reclaimed old faucet
Perfectly reclaimed old faucet

I love recycling (and I’m not talking about plastic bottles and cans, though that is very important too). I just love it when creative designers, like the team at Cousaert Vanderdockt from Belgium, find old “junk” and turn it into art, furniture and even kitchens.

Kitchens made of reclaimed materials put together geniusly
Kitchens made of reclaimed materials put together geniusly

Though some of the furniture pieces are genius, this blog is all about kitchens, so I’ll focus on that. Their kitchen designs have so much character, so much wonderful texture and just that certain je ne sais quoi about them. The reclaimed wood, together with the antique stone sinks and the old world faucets are put together so cleverly that I just love every part of it.

From the kitchen cabinetry, through the sink and even the faucet.
From the kitchen cabinetry, through the sink and even the faucet.

European kitchens are mostly cleaned lined and very minimalistic, creating the ultimate modern kitchens or the other extreme – old world English or French style kitchens, that are classic and traditional kitchens but in a very balanced and structured way, following symmetrical design rules.

The antique butcher block blends right in.
The antique butcher block blends right in.

Cousaert Vanderdockt designs break all these rules and the molds all together – they are so simple and yet have a lot of depth to them. They feeling they create is just very comfortable and it makes me want to go out and build a house in this theme…

The patina on this stone counter makes it looks like it's been there forever.
The patina on this stone counter makes it looks like it it's been there forever...


Old World Italian Kitchen Design – Straight from… Hollywood


I just returned from Italy and as always, in addition to the great food and the excellent wine, I got a chance to see some beautiful Italian kitchens.

Bar E Barmen - A limited edition kitchen! Only 65 made!

One of my all time favorite Italian kitchen manufacturers is without a doubt Marchi Cucina. In a country that has a kitchen factory at every corner and produces more kitchens then any other country in the world it is very hard to stand out and create something very different and unique but Marchi Cucine does it time and time again.

The Opera model from Marchi’s Newclassic Collection.

Just like companies like Boffi, Val Cucine, Pedini and Snaidero are the industry leaders in the contemporary and modern kitchen design; Marchi Cucine is the undisputed leader in the non contemporary design – the traditional kitchen design.

Dechora model from the Newclassic Collection by Marchi

In reality though, when you look at their original designs, they are not just creators of traditional and old world kitchens, but actually create their own unique category. Some of their kitchens are contemporary looking with traditional and old world elements, like aluminum doors in a traditional wood frame that has wood carvings on it. Other designs look like they are taken out of a movie set in Hollywood, for a movie that is supposed to take place in the America in the 1960’s.

The Old England Model from the Country Chic Collection by Marchi Cucine

The amazing use of woods, metals, glass and stones, all mixed with fresh applications and designs are what make Marchi not just a leader in the kitchen design industry but really one of a kind pioneer that is second to none!

The Dechora model, from Marchi Cucine

Be sure to visit their new web site that unfortunately is not in English and is very slow and full of flash animation – it is worth the wait!

To the designers at the Marchi Group – Bravo!

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