Eurocucina kitchen trends set to feature at Decorex Joburg

With less than one month to go until Decorex Joburg – presented by Plascon – gets underway, and with kitchens being such a focal part of the exhibition, Stephanie Forbes of The Kitchen Specialists Association (KSA) has shared the exciting trends filtering into the South Africa market. The 25th edition of Decorex Joburg will be taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August.

Decorex to spotlight kitchen trends seen at Eurocucina

The trends seen in the South African kitchen industry filter down from what is showcased at Eurocucina, one of the world’s largest kitchen exhibitions that takes place in Italy. Many of the KSA’s members attended the 2018 show which took place from the 17 to 22 April this year.

“It is of great importance that our members make the investment of attending trade shows of this calibre,” said Forbes. “It is vital in making sure South Africa stays up to date with international trends and materials. While it usually takes one to two years for the retail market to embrace the new trends, the fact that key players in the kitchen industry are ready for these new trends is invaluable.”

Eurocucina 2018 showcased many features that were key breakaways from the trends we have become accustomed to in South Africa. Most specifically, the move from light to dark and from high-gloss to ultra-matt.

From an aesthetics perspective, there is a definitive move to fully embrace what is organic, tactile and raw. Steel and oxidised metals, wood and marble also stood out. Timbers were definitely in the focus, particularly dark wood with a linear grain, but in keeping with the show’s overall feel for sustainability, timber was reflected predominantly in veneers and not solids. The combination of dark timber with a change of colour palette to dark matt shades of grey and blue – highlighted with greens and pale pinks – shows a clear move away from the often-seen Scandinavian-inspired light-gloss look. Smokey glass was also an interesting incorporation into many designs, as well as the use of laminates.

Continuing the need for texture was the incorporation of pattern, particularly the marble or marble-effect surfacing and cladding. In the past, the dark cupboard would be offset by lighter countertops but at Eurocucina, dark was often combined with dark. This heaviness was offset by clever 50s and 60s-inspired lighting and shadow lines, created by setback plinths that allowed the dark colours to look light and weightless.

Other than marble or marble-effect quartz, there was a general move away from stone as a surfacing material, with most kitchens opting for the slimmer lines of ultra-matt laminates like Fenix, Sintered stone or Porcelain surfacing materials. The combining of surfacing materials was still popular though.   Many appliance manufacturers showcased their versions of hob burners which are integrated directly into the kitchen surface, rather than a traditional drop-in hob.

Technology was also a key focus, with kitchen companies working closely with appliance manufacturers and tech companies to make the kitchen an integrated space that facilitates communication within the home, and away from it.  While South African kitchens are already being designed to facilitate cordless charging of devices with plug points that facilitate direct USB point plug-in, companies at Eurocucina had taken it further by showcasing appliances and technology that interfaced, facilitating shopping lists and remote switch-on – all aimed at optimising time and wellbeing. Voice and gesture activation were probably the most prevalent.

Decorex Joburg highlights latest kitchen trends

The kitchen companies had placed as much importance on the people who used the kitchen as the kitchen itself. The wellbeing of those in the space seemed to have been incorporated into most design elements, with colour psychology being used in the choice of colour palettes, mood lighting and ergonomics.

The kitchen space had also been designed to be more multifunctional and adaptable than before. There seemed to be a real understanding that the kitchen was no longer just a functional room, but an integrated part of the home. There was effort made to detract from the visual appearance of function, to the feeling of furniture and bespoke individual design and expression. This meant the integration of appliances, particularly those with variable décor panels.

While sustainability has been a key focus of the show for some years now, this was a key area for most kitchens displayed in 2018.  Where, in the past, kitchens had shown green areas with herbs or pot plants, kitchens now housed mini-urban farms where homeowners could grow herbs and vegetables.  The incorporation of these green spaces not only facilitates access to fresh organic food, but also facilitates a sense of emotional wellbeing, provides clean air and environmental awareness.

“The trends seen at Eurocucina 2018 were very exciting and we hope the South African public will embrace them with enthusiasm,” concluded Forbes. “It is always a pleasure to be able to consult with our members who have attended the show and get their feedback on, not only what they have seen, but how they believe these trends will transition into the South African market.”

Decorex Joburg is set to exhibit many exciting new kitchen and décor trends across a range of new features. These include:

  • Rhythm Restaurant + Bar
  • Design and Textile Elements
  • Lighting Elements brought to you by K-Light
  • Natural Elements – brought to you by Neolith
  • The Tasting Room Wine Bar furnished by Yard Seventeen
  • #withlovefromdecorex Feature brought to you by @home
  • Plascon Concept Stand and Mono Colour Café
  • Win a Kitchen Competition by Curves & Bevels
  • Design House brought to you by Builders
  • SA Craft Collective
  • The Coffee Cup by Illy
  • @home Trend Home presented by Decorex
  • Terrazzo Diner + Bar

Darker colours are now the trend in kitchen design

To view these and many more #rhythmoflife milestone décor, design and lifestyle features and products, get to Decorex Joburg for the 25th installation. Visitors to Decorex Joburg will have access to all the exhibition features as well as the collocated exhibitions – the International Sourcing Fair and 100% Design South Africa.


8 – 12 August 2018

10am – 6pm daily

Gallagher Convention Centre

Public holiday: Thursday 9 August

Trade-focused days: 8 and 10 August

Ticket Prices:   Adults – R 120

Student/Pensioners – R 100

Kids U12 – R20

Trade – R 100

Exhibitor – R 100

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