Black metal kitchen

My choice for the Best Kitchen at EuroCucina 2012 was the debut of Natural Skin and Mina from Minacciolo. The lines explored a range of finishes and details that were incredibly classic in style, but extremely innovative in function and use of materials. I expected that I just might see more of this style of kitchen at the show, but I did not! And this is why Minacciolo gets my vote for best in show! Oh and by the way, their booth was incredible as well! Imagine about 20' high walls of deliciously red fresh tomatoes in beautiful natural wood crates with black steel frames. A perfect blend with the lines introduced!

Black metal kitchen with knobs

"Once upon a time there was a stove... Mina, the new concept of multifunctional composition: the taste of tradition is dressed by new technologies, refined details, and Italian craftsmanship. The purity of black metal and the essence of shape become absolute and timeless, giving rise to the new object of desire for any type of environment: minimalist, traditional, classic."

Red Knobs in the Kitchen

The red knobs against the matte black surface were a stunning detail!  

Red Knobs and Modern Kitchens

Red accents are always powerful accessories whether it be red lighting or hardware.

Metal rail on top of cabinetry

The steel rail wraps the island and is the perfect functional detail in any kitchen!

Hand sawn knotty pine cabinetry

"A warm, natural skin that covers a totally black structure... Natural Skin gives the possibility to create new surfaces puncuated by minimal plate inserts. A kitchen to live, synthesis and perfect combination of nature and modern technology, to serve also the most demanding chef. Wood and metal merge and become harmonious contrasts."

Rough Sawn Knotty Pine Pantry with integrated appliances

The hand sawn knotty pine with the slab front doors and modern integrated handles was an incredible look. The knotty pine adds so much character and still remains very modern in aesthetic.

Knotty Pine Pantry with integrated appliances

The cabinet interiors are decked to the nines! 

Rough Sawn Knotty Pine Detail

Take a close up look at the hand sawn knotty pine. This is all the rage right now in hardwood floors and contemporary lighting, but the use of this material on the cabinet doors is really interesting to me.   

Tomato crate walls at Best of EuroCucina 2012

Look at those tomato crates!! 

Black Stained Rough Sawn Knotty Pine cabinets with metal cabinets

Oh and do you see those vent hoods! You can see my photos of the black version of the knotty pine, which was my all time favorite. I thought that I would've seen way more of this at the show, but I didn't. Which is somewhat exciting because I really hope I continue to see more!

Images: Minacciolo, DesainerAnnie May