Eating out(side) ‚Äď the new outdoor cooking trend

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Eating together traditionally plays an important role all over the world. For some years now, however, cooking together has been enjoying growing popularity as well, as open-plan layouts in which the kitchen, dining area and living room merge into one single space go to show. But now cooking in company is going one step further ‚Äď and moving outside. Whereas the idea of planning a house with an outdoor kitchen goes back a long way in Southern Europe, this trend is now establishing itself in the rather less sun-kissed climes of Central and Northern Europe as well. After all, what could be nicer than cooking¬†and¬†eating with friends on long, balmy summer evenings?

LivingKitchen 2013 final report: fully booked halls of the kitchen event at the imm cologne equally attractive to trade visitors and consumers

Even before the last day of the fair on 20th January, one thing is already certain: Cologne has established itself as an international venue for the kitchen industry. An excellent mood amongst the participating companies and visitors plus new launches and trends as far as the eye could see – LivingKitchen 2013 has impressively proved its worth as an exhibition format and reaped top marks in many areas.

“The second edition of LivingKitchen has been truly successful. We have seven outstanding days behind us, during which the kitchen – the focal point of people’s lives – has found its home in Cologne once and for all,” says CEO of Koelnmesse Gerald B√∂se. “In the three halls dedicated to the show, the sector has once again demonstrated just how much innovativeness, sophisticated design and quality it has to offer. I’m confident that, in the months to come, this will have a very positive impact on our exhibitors’ order books. LivingKitchen isn’t just a powerhouse for trends, innovation and design, it’s also the most important business platform in the global kitchen market”. Frank H√ľther, managing director of AMK, couldn’t agree more: “LivingKitchen 2013 is every bit the highly deserved joint success that the kitchen industry and Koelnmesse had been hoping for: an international kitchen event in a class of its own.”

Kitchen design made in Italy – Ambiente Cucina at LivingKitchen presents Italian brands Dada, Ernestomeda, Lago, Minotti Cucine and Riva 1920

Ambiente Cucina¬†is an exhibition area organised by¬†Koelnmesse Italia¬†during LivingKitchen, the International Kitchen event that is being held in parallel with imm cologne 2013, with the intention of offering a snapshot of the best examples of ‚ÄúMade in Italy‚ÄĚ in the world of kitchen furniture.

Five leading Italian brands¬†Dada,¬†Ernestomeda,¬†Lago,¬†Minotti Cucine¬†and¬†Riva 1920¬†will display some of the most significant models of their collections in an extremely dynamic space, shared cleverly with¬†‚ÄúBarrique, a new life for wood‚ÄĚ, the project created by¬†San Patrignano¬†community, challenging 30 leading architects and designers to create the design item of their choice using recycled wood taken from the community‚Äôs old wine casks.