Predictions for 2017.

Schweigen ambassador and award-winning kitchen designer, Mal Corby has shared his 2017 predictions for the appliance and retail industry.

Firstly, Corby believes we will start to see the rise of the smart kitchen where consumers can control more appliances from their smartphones.

“Commercial cooking methods will be more widely used in the residential kitchen. For example, the sous vide machines – we’re already seeing this in some appliances,” he said.

(Sous vide functionality and vacuum sealing drawers were a major trend at this week’s Living Kitchen in Cologne, Germany.)

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In terms of kitchen designs for major appliance retailers, “light woodgrains will remain strong this year while the white kitchen takes a back seat, but the trend will remain a classic and never go away. Coloured appliances are trending in overseas markets, particularly the US. However, I don’t really see it taking off in Australia or New Zealand anytime soon, but worth keeping an eye on.”

“As a designer we are talking to our clients about how they use all their appliances to meet their home life and cultural needs. When it comes to the kitchen, it’s going to be all about personalisation,” he added.