EuroCucina, Europe’s biennial celebration of kitchen design, has brought 128 exhibitors to Milan, Italy, hoping to start trends that will cross the Atlantic. Among them is Ki, a line for kitchens and baths created for Italian manufacturer Scavolini by the Japanese designer Oki Sato.
“Ki” is the Japanese word for “container” or “bowl,” and the Ki line exemplifies this. “Instead of blending a living room–like environment with a kitchen, Sato used a rounded-white-bowl motif in both a bathroom and kitchen setting,” wrote Dan Rubinstein in a recent blog. (Rubinstein is covering EuroCucina for Remodeling’s sister publication Architect.) “Ki” also can mean “wood” in Japanese, and Sato’s design uses plenty of it. Regardless of which of the three available finishes are used, the Ki line promotes ultra-uniformity, Rubinstein wrote. “The shape of the bowls are used repeatedly throughout, from the stove to the sinks, in both designs,” he noted. “Even the backs of the kitchen chairs are reminiscent of the container.”