Modular and Flexible. Kitchen According to Francesco Meda

The new XY system designed for Molteni&C | Dada

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Modular and Flexible. Kitchen According to Francesco Meda
12/06/2020 - Inspired by the Cartesian coordinates, Francesco Meda is designing a new functional, modular and flexible system for Molteni&C | Dada where every kitchen accessory is where it should be and within easy reach. Thanks to a system of tracks on the X and Y axis, the convivial kitchen can now cater for new options, including homeworking, where the multiple accessories, used for different purposes, must always be readily available.
 
At this particular point in time, enforced permanence at home has encouraged us to be tidier, to ensure that everything we need has an established place so that we know exactly where to find them. This is especially important in the kitchen where our multiple gadgets, used for a range of purposes, need to be instantly at hand. Milanese designer Francesco Meda tackles the problem with his XY project, a universal, custom made accessorized system that can match different models of Dada kitchens, whether wallmounted or self-standing islands.
 
The main difficulty has been focusing on a functional and transversal product, built with a simple, non-invasive method so as to fit in with existing kitchens. So I began with the idea of offering a new way of using the kitchen by integrating different accessories”. Francesco Meda
 
Sistema XY, a name that recalls the Cartesian coordinates, develops vertically and horizontally by means of a series of extruded profiles. The basic “axis” of the design is a central accessorizable channel, featuring ad hoc spaces for items such as knife holders, chopping boards, spice jars, salt & pepper grinders, electric plug units, smoke extraction hoods, plate racks. Even the sections themselves can house different sliding accessories, including a wooden 130 cm x 130 cm board, that can be used as an informal table.

On the same track, uprights can be installed, also vertically, to support a system of aluminium shelves that can be finished in different materials such as wood or stainless steel. Thanks to this flexibility, different configurations can lead to different visual effects, warmer if wood is used, more industrial and technical in the case of stainless steel. The underside of the shelves feature a recess to house LEDs.
 
The shelf-bearing uprights can feature a section for inserting the hooks on which to hang gadgets, wine glasses, kitchen paper rolls, etc. This rail offers great freedom of movement for the accessories which can move and be freely positioned in the kitchen, always within easy reach.
 
Making the numerous extruded parts has been really complex” – continues Meda “because they combine several functions and need to be discreet, at the same time there have to be structural parts that can support the whole system. I have worked hard with the R&D centre to define numerous aesthetic and constructive details such as the miniaturization of the rail that enables the accessories to move over the top. Assembling the whole system has also been tricky simply because it consists of numerous components that have to “speak” with each other”.
 
Open and flexible, Sistema XY will lend itself to further functions in the future, thanks to new layouts and types of use. Dada has always focused on proposing sustainable solutions, using materials such as aluminium, glass and wood which, subject to being dismantled into mono-material components, can be sent for recycling, thereby contributing to virtuous processes in an environmentally friendly circular economy.
 
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Modular and Flexible. Kitchen According to Francesco Meda

Modular and Flexible. Kitchen According to Francesco Meda

Modular and Flexible. Kitchen According to Francesco Meda

Modular and Flexible. Kitchen According to Francesco Meda

Modular and Flexible. Kitchen According to Francesco Meda

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