Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Technology for the Kitchen


A very special event, called FTK (Technology for the Kitchen), is held concurrently with Eurocucina at the Milan Fairgrounds. An opportunity for appliance companies to showcase new designs as well as exciting new prototypes, this year the organisers are expecting 25 major business to exhibit.


Some of the names on display are well known to Australians - including the likes of Gaggenau, Neff, Bosch, Siemens, Electrolux, Elica, Franke, Miele and Smeg. Close to 7000 square metres of exhitibion space will be packed with the latest in gadgets and gizmos to showcase what is on offer for the future. Pictured here is “Gravity” from InDesit, a wall-mounted system of co-ordinated appliances with power-assisted opening and positioning and automatic module weight control for optimum ergonomic comfort that was on display two years ago (and one of my personal favourites).


Designed as a showcase for innovative technology, the focus is mainly on built-in appliances but also includes rangehoods.


When I visited Eurocucina two years ago, it was FTK that really made an immediate impression on my jet-lagged, sensory-overloaded brain. Some of the concept appliances on display were simply amazing and it was a real treat to be able to view and touch a number of prototype appliances.


The products exhibited at FTK are required to display a number of key elements such as the design component, eco-compatibility, ergonomics and ease of use. Having been given a sneak peek by a couple of companies into what will be on display this year, I can't wait to get to the fair and take a look for myself.





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