Eurocucina – The Biggest Kitchen Show on Earth Got Even Bigger!

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2008 was a record year for I Saloni, the Milan Furniture fair and for Eurocucina, the kitchen section within I Saloni – the ‘trade only’ show (open to the public one day only – Sunday) that took place between 4/16 and 4/21, drew 348,000 attendees! This is an increase of 29% over 2006 (the show, in this format, runs every other year). 210,000 attendees were from outside of Italy. Mostly from Europe but also many from the Far East, the Middle East and the Americas. 2, 450 companies were displaying their products and Milan was packed!

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On the kitchen side, there wasn’t even one stand available – several new companies that decided to display for the first time this year were simply out of luck – the show was 100% sold out!

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The thing that stood out this year was automation – almost everyone were using the ‘self opening’ Servo Drive Blum drawers on their displays and many kitchen companies incorporated ‘self opening’ pantry cabinets, motorized flip-up wall cabinets, motorized pantries with sliding doors, etc. Most, if not all of these mechanisms are actually prototypes but will be available in one form or another soon.      eurocucina-day-1-096-small.JPG

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Amir J. Ilin, the president of Küche+Cucina, a design firm he started 24 years ago. Ilin’s work has been featured on HGTV, on Donald trump’s The Apprentice, in numerous national publications and on many national magazine covers. He is also the recipient of various design awards, among them “Best of Show Design Award”, from Signature Kitchens & Baths 8 times! Ilin was commissioned to design special projects in very exclusive homes, some located far away from his base in NJ. He was also chosen to create the cabinetry for the newly renovated Plaza Hotel, in NYC, as well as several luxury multi-unit projects around the country. To date, Ilin was involved in installations of more then 3,000 kitchens around the US and the islands, as well as many outside the US, many for well known clients.

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