Hidden appliances are hot in Europe.
The Eurocucina section of the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile) featured primarily high-tech kitchens in which hidden sinks, cutting boards, grills or plate warmers popped up at the push of a button, and stand-alone cabinets hid appliances. Not all of the Jetsons-like technology will be applicable to everyday life, but contained kitchens in a beautiful oak finish like this B2 system from Bulthaup are an embraceable trend. The wardrobe-like units offer tons of storage and can accommodate an oven, dishwasher and fridge. (The worktable/island shown contains the sink.) If you have to skip clean up, simply close the doors and the mess is out of sight!
See more appliance trends in our photo gallery.