But before we jump into that color puzzler, let's start with Checkers, a new design from Armani/Dada. It was one of many exhibitors looking for ways to add graphic pattern to traditionally monotone surfaces. Instead of the usual wood or glass doors, Checkers' silver or acid-etched doors have visual depth -- a subtle, textured pattern that lies under transparent glass and can be seen only up close. The door functions differently too, popping every so subtly and sliding sideways.
At the other end of the style spectrum, the French company Mobalpa gave a graphic treatment to the counter top of its new concept, Télécharger, designed by Antoine Fritsch. Induction burners set into the Corian formed a botanical pattern, right.