Kitchenware tips from Robert Gordon Australia – what’s trending in 2017.
With sleek, minimalist kitchens a big trend in 2017, it’s the kitchenware that can really make the space pop with personal style. A monochrome, or pared-back colour scheme in a kitchen, partnered with modern handleless appliances like the Miele ArtLine series, works perfectly with touches of homey hand-made elements like the ceramics from Robert Gordon Australia.
Sam Gordon, son of Robert and Head of Sales and Marketing at Robert Gordon Australia, explains that the ceramics can add softness to the space.
“A key focus in our design is the soft, reactive style finishes in our glazes. The obvious signs of pieces being hand-made adds a warm layer to every kitchen,” he said.
“It’s the playful, natural and perky glazes that bring personality to the stoneware.”
Handcrafted stoneware is timeless and versatile, working across a variety of kitchen styles, such as industrial, coastal, cottage, lodge or minimalist modern designs.
Kitchens are vibrant hubs in the home, where so much more than just meal making occurs. All elements, whether it is the high tech appliances, kitchenware, storage systems or cabinetry, must be designed with a balance of functionality, usability and durability in mind.
This is why choosing the right materials for your kitchen is essential – stoneware, concrete, copper and timber are very popular materials for this reason.
In 2017, some exciting colour trends are emerging in the kitchen, creating elegant and moody vibes through darker tones and greys, with pops of personality through colourful appliances and kitchen/tableware.
Handleless designs and intelligent appliance technology create sleek and sophisticated spaces that draw people in.
Kitchens are now the focal point of the home, and they have become a space for multiple purposes – a place to entertain, cook, enjoy the perfect morning coffee, do homework or have a glass of wine and read.
The formal dining room used to be the space for entertaining in the home, but now it’s impressive kitchens that have morphed into living spaces as well.
As we enter into the popular renovation/refresher period, we asked the Robert Gordon Australia family for their tips on kitchenware collections that work best across different styles:
Modern/minimalist – Black Opal or As Good As Gold collections are sleek and sophisticated.
Cottage – Australian Made Coast Glaze or the Canvas collections are perfect to pare with cosy cottage designs.
Lodge – The Imported Black Merchant collection to accentuate a dark and moody feel and a pack of the huggable Hug Me Mugs would be perfect for chilly nights with a hot cuppa.
Rustic farmhouse – Building on rustic yet modern vibes, the Australian Made Saltbush Glaze is perfect for the country home.
For those who love pottery but are looking to branch out internationally for their tableware, Sam Gordon, who travels around the world frequently to draw inspiration for their designs, encourages you to consider pottery from China.
“Some of the most beautiful pottery in the world comes from China, and it has such a strong cultural background which makes each piece all the more special,” the expert potter explains.