The Next Kitchen: Heart of the Home, In Harmony with Nature

By Robert Accarino, Valcucine Chicago and Core Member, NextHaus Alliance

Clean lines. Sleek finishes. Palettes that soothe yet inspire. Clever features designed around functionality and the simultaneous desire to live neatly and efficiently.

Long called the heart of the home, the kitchen is also the face of a residence. After all, kitchens aren’t just where we prepare and serve foods – they are the spaces where we connect with family, friends and neighbors. People are drawn to kitchens on an everyday weeknight or a large gathering, even when there isn’t any actual cooking going on. We simply like to be there.

As both the face and the heart of the home, a kitchen reflects you, from the way you cook and eat and drink to your penchant for tiding up or effectively hiding clutter that would otherwise sit in plain sight. Given people’s busy lives, kitchens are also designed around convenience in many innovative ways.

Sustenance and Sustainability

Increasingly, kitchens are designed with sustainability in mind. Just as people are choosing organic and natural foods and beverages, they are thinking about the ways in which they can live more lightly on the earth, including in their homes. Today’s kitchens can be as sustainable as foods and beverages that go into the pantry or refrigerator, including repurposed or sustainably sourced materials and energy-efferent appliances and lighting.

At Valcucine Chicago, we focus on people and the environment in which they live, along with the greater environment. We’re proud to offer features like flooring made from wood harvested from sustainably managed forests in Europe and cabinetry that is resilient, high-tech and richly inviting, based on your personal tastes and preferences. Our eco-tech kitchen features elements like the lightest door that fits into an aluminum structure resistant to water, steam and heat. With this kitchen, there is a significant reduction in the materials used, plus environmental attributes like sustainable finishes.

Such innovative kitchens help people live in harmony in their personal surroundings and in nature, and are examples of how such spaces can be designed around well-being – making the kitchen the heart, face and, ultimately, lifeblood of a home.

Join us in our kitchen to see the NextHaus of the future

Living in harmony at home and in nature is not just the way of the future. We invite you to spend some time in our kitchens to see and learn about today’s cutting-edge designs that combine beauty and sustainability. On Saturday, April 13, NextHaus Alliance – of which Valcucine Chicago is a proud core member– is hosting an exclusive event, “Designing Your NextHaus” at Valcucine Chicago, 300 W. Superior in Chicago from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

At this event, you can experience what’s next in the interior and exterior of visionary homes, hear from leading designers and experts and sample organic foods and wines. To learn more and RSVP, visit our Events page

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