Arriving at Sydney’s Doltone House for the Hettich Michelangelo’s Kitchen event (held on Thursday 20th May), we were greeted by a row of cute Italian Vespas lining the walkway that runs alongside the venue. At the far end stood a gleaming, black Ferrari and we were serenaded by Italian music as we gorged on sumptuous canapés and enjoyed the view.
Hettich had obviously gone all-out for this stunning event and it was a great opportunity to catch up with industry associates who had flown in from all corners of the country for the function.
We chatted and snacked and sipped and listened until the doors opened to a magical world full of mood and mystery — and more food! Two buffets — hot and cold — kept guests busy while waiters roamed with the all-important drinks trays.
Centred in the room was a long catwalk that held the promise of further entertainment with two silver “statues” perched at well-spaced intervals.
The theme was a celebration of Italian design and style, hence the reference to Michelangelo who was light-years ahead of his time, and the guest speaker was internationally renowned designer Mal Corboy, fresh from his trip to Eurocucina.
After a quick introduction by Hettich’s Richard Abela, managing director for Australia & New Zealand, it was down to business with Mal taking us through his impressions of Eurocucina. In particular, Mal showed us that a number of classic kitchen elements from centuries ago, are still being reflected (albeit in their modern equivalents) in the kitchens we design today. It was a fascinating journey both through history and through the design showcase.
As someone who also attended Eurocucina, it was a great opportunity for me to revisit the show and I always enjoy hearing Mal speak.
At the conclusion of Mal’s presentation the catwalk came to life with a stunning parade from high-end Italian label Varino. The “wow”s could be heard from every corner of the room as we soaked up the visual indulgence of this display.
As a branding exercise, they don’t come much better than this. A wonderful night was had by all and, thanks to Hettich, we were all able to experience the wonders of Eurocucina courtesy of Mal’s expertise.