Part 2: What Defines “Modern European”?
In Canada, we refer to this design style as “Ultra Modern”. Ironically, in Europe, it is the norm and has been for some time.
There are four main components to a “Modern European” kitchen:
1. It is functional:
The kitchen work triangle is now a concept of the past. The kitchen is now being split into 5 zones that focus on particular activities. Created by European hardware manufacturer, BLUM, the “Dynamic Space” concept includes a Preparation Zone, Cleaning Zone, Cooking Zone, Non-consumable Zone and a Consumable Zone. The kitchen is designed in a way that encourages the cook to work in stations and keep the kitchen organized in a more practical way.
This kitchen style is made for the consumer that appreciates simplicity. Perhaps the most important idea in achieving a modern European look is eliminating as many lines in the kitchen as possible. Get rid of the clutter and the tacky decorations. Gone are the decorative mouldings, corbels and intricate door profiles.Materials used should be recycled product and recyclable products. Exotic engineered veneers created from common wood fibres, recycled MDF and GreenLam products are ideal for door materials while low formaldehyde melamine products should be used for cabinet cases. A manufacturer that recycles its products and waste, creates a safe setting for its employees and is actively involved with its community is also an admirable feature to find in a supplier.