After facing delays and postponements, the EuroCucina 2022 exhibition has opened in Milan with 43 global appliance companies occupying 10,500 square metres of space.

Held for the first time in four years, EuroCucina is regarded by specialist kitchen appliance retailers, interior designers and specifiers as the most significant trade fair in the world as it provides a unique insight into the key European furniture, cabinetry and fashion trends that influence the design for the industry.

Smeg FAB fridges.

EuroCucina is held every two years within the annual Salone Del Mobile trade fair for the European design community – which is running this year from 7 to 12 June, before returning to its traditional April time frame in 2023. 

FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) is the ’show within a show’ at EuroCucina that contains the major appliance companies and once again there were a large number of major brands in attendance including Smeg, Electrolux, BSH, ILVE, Asko, Bertazzoni, Beko, Vestel, Elica, Bora, V-Zug, Samsung, Falmec, Sirius & Steel.

Bosch ovens and benchtop appliances.

According to the exhibition organisers, FTK represents the “natural complement to EuroCucina and showcases responsible, inclusive and connected technology for a more sustainable future” and features “built-in electrical appliances boasting intelligence and versatility”.

“There’s no doubt about it: we will own an increasing number of intelligent, versatile and multifunctional and therefore more sustainable – electrical appliances. What we are looking for in kitchens these days are smart, efficient and functional solutions that will optimise our cooking experience and best respond to demands for multi-functionality, integration and looks.”

Bora oven demonstration.

According to the show organisers, the most significant trend this year is sustainability.

“We discover just how greatly the environmental footprint of the production, packaging and logistics of electrical appliances has been reduced, how many recycled materials are used nowadays, not just in packaging but also in the products themselves, how much the lifecycle of products has been prolonged or is capable of being extended and what happens to them at the disposal stage. Another fundamental consideration is whether their performance can be made more efficient and their use made more sustainable, for instance by means of smart lighting, making some of the functions automatic or with interfaces that suggest sustainable use of the electrical appliances.”