Originally Posted by Tarmac
To answer the original OP, yes there was a peak for professional cooking gear chic in the home kitchen and I believe that peak has passed. Everyone, not just sfield, is tired of the stupid internet-geek newlyweds who put the 16-piece All-Clad set on their registry and can barely fry an egg.
The new trend is matching (not complete, but somewhat) with the rest of your cabinetry. IE it looks like a cabinet but oh wow, it's a dishwasher.
Yes except that probably wont work with appliances, and I've seen that in other homes. I think that along with the garish 50s colors will be big. We already see it on ads for LG and Electrolux appliances. You can probably thank Rachel Ray for this, in some part.
Part of the reason that the pro kitchen isn't going to die as fast as you think it will is because of the Food Network and the fame of mediocre chefs. People don't watch cooking shows anymore for only people like Pepin, Ming Tsai, and Bourdain... now it's really hip and cool to be into food, and along with home reno, it's something which took off over 10 years ago and is going strong, and probably will for a while still. SS may not be big for appliances, but I can guarantee you that people will still keep registering 16 piece cooking gear and like 12 piece knife block sets without being able to make more than toast.