Japanese kitchen design trends are on the rise, and this year’s edition of the global kitchen design competition (KEPCO) is taking on an international flair.
With a whopping $7.7 billion in sales this year, Japanese kitchen designers have already made a name for themselves in their respective countries.
In addition to the domestic market, the nation is also home to a large contingent of overseas clients, including Singapore, the U.K., China, and the United States.
The global kitchen designers are often thought of as the go-to designers for kitchens in developing countries.
Their expertise is seen in all sorts of innovative products, from the iconic stainless steel dishwasher to the futuristic appliances of the future.
However, this international appeal has not always been the case.
In Japan, most kitchen designers do not hold an international passport, and their international clients often only have a limited range of product options.
This makes it difficult for them to reach international clients who want to purchase specific products that would not fit in their home.
This year’s KEPCO kitchen design contest has also become a global event, with a whopping 70 entries from more than 50 countries.
This year’s winner, however, was a local chef, Yoko Yamazaki.
The winning dishwasher: The J-Design Kitchen