Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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True Residential's 48" Full-Size Re- frigerator with Glass Door is available in cobalt blue, matte white, stainless steel, antique white, matte black and gloss white, with a range of hardware finishes. The 29.4-cu.-ft. interior features LED lighting, four adjustable shelves and multiple bins. Circle No. 155 on Product Card Monolith's German engineering focus- es on food preservation, with features such as the SmartDeviceBox that can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet, and the Touch-Control Panel. The tower from Liebherr includes LED InfinityLight on the interior, complete with a dimming feature. Circle No. 156 on Product Card The Built-in Artisan Fire Pizza Oven from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet uses propane or natural gas to cook and heats up in approximately 20 minutes. Stone lined, the oven reaches tempera- tures of 800° F via two independent burners. The pizza oven can be installed into a wall or masonry structure. Circle No. 157 on Product Card Samsung's Chef Collection Wall Mount Hood uses Bluetooth to connect with Samsung range/cooktops, allowing it to automatically start when the cook- top turns on. It can be controlled via smartphone through Wi-Fi. The hood is equipped with auto heat-sensing, which adjusts the fan speed. Circle No. 158 on Product Card he primary function of appliances is to make kitchen work quick and easy, allowing homeowners more time to spend with family and friends. But there's a lesser, but still important, role for appliances as well: They must also emphasize the personal style of the homeowners through flexible, customizable options. "With kitchens being a focal point and gathering place within the home, consumers want their kitchen to be a showcase and reflect their style," says Dirk Sappok, head of Product Development at Princeton, NJ- based Miele, Inc. "Design, in Miele's eyes, not only relates to an object's exterior, but also the user's experience," he adds. "From the appliance lay- out to color options and handle choices, there is no longer a compromise to be made between design and function." "Sophisticated powder coating and PVD technologies are providing more custom color and hardware finishes to designers to incorporate into homes," adds Andrew Shead, marketing manager at True Residential in O'Fallon, MO. "No longer do they have to hide an appliance; it can become a major design feature of the kitchen." Open floor plans mean continued demand for a simple, minimalist look. Jeff Sweet, corporate product manager at Sub-Zero Group, Inc. in Madison, WI says that with less divide between kitchen and living spaces, homeowners are responding to hidden and undercounter appliances that create a clean, seamless and modern look. Other important trends include a desire for innovative appliances that add value and additional functionality; rising interest in connected appliances, and a demand for multifunctional appliances as well as using multiples of the same appliance within the kitchen space. So say manu- facturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News. INNOVATIVE FUNCTION, ADDED VALUE Designers must be aware not only of the aesthetic demands of their customers, but also of the functionality consumers require. "People are not only seeking out appliances that can be customized aesthet- ically to match their lifestyle and personality, but also appliances offering innovative features that add value and help enrich their lives," says Stephanie Muraro Gust, product marketing manager at Perlick Residential Products in Milwaukee, WI. "These could be features that save them time and improve convenience or that offer superior performance, such as a refrigerator that keeps food fresher for longer, creating less waste." Shead believes that changes in appliances are more functional and design oriented rather than being driven strictly by technology. "Column refrigerators are allowing people to separate the refrigerator from the freezer in their kitchen layout. Undercounter refrigerators are bringing back butler's pantries and improving dedicated bar areas. At the high Appliances are the workhorses of the kitchen, with new advances in technology offering improved functionality, while style, color and design options continue to abound. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Flexible Function T 68 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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