Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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The built-in LG Studio 24-cu.-ft. Smart WiFi Enabled Door-in-Door Count- er-Depth Refrigerator can be controlled remotely using the LG SmartThinQ app. It has the PrintProof Stainless Steel finish that easily wipes clean, according to the company. Circle No. 183 on Product Card The Advanced Convection Wall Oven from Electrolux is available as a single or double wall oven and features 5.1 cu. ft. of cooking space. Among the oven's features are: Perfect Taste Advanced Convection, with two convection fans; Air Sous Vide Cook, and 20-minute steam clean oven cycle. Circle No. 184 on Product Card Signature Kitchen Suite has expanded its built-in line of luxury appliances to include more options for integrated column refrigerators/freezers. The new 24" Integrated Column Refriger- ator offers preservation features for fresh food, while also providing extra capacity at 13.9 cu. ft. Circle No. 185 on Product Card GE Appliances has launched its Café brand with The Matte Collection in Matte White, with a smudge-resistant, soft feel, and Matte Black, inspired by natural deep tones. Customized looks can be achieved by adding handles and knobs in brushed shades of bronze, stainless, copper and black. Circle No. 186 on Product Card The WiFi Connected Entertainer's Dishwasher from Thermador features a gentle cycle, a no-slip, soft rubber lower rack and adjustable stands spe- cifically designed to keep stems secure. The rack stands are fully adjustable at multiple levels to accommodate differ- ent heights and sizes of glasses. Circle No. 187 on Product Card For ventilating an in-cabinet wall oven, RH Ventilation offers the RH Retract- able Oven Hood. The small, rectangu- lar-shaped unit sits above the oven and vents smoke, steam and odors. The 180 CFM venting system features one speed and a one-position touch panel, and can be paneled to match cabinetry. Circle No. 188 on Product Card Thor Kitchen's 48" Dual Fuel Range provides premium features at a value price. The 6.7-cu.-ft., free-standing dual-fuel range features two electric, porcelain ovens – a 30", 4.2-cu.-ft. con- vection oven and an 18", 2.5-cu.-ft. side oven – to handle virtually all baking and roasting needs. Circle No. 189 on Product Card Stanisci Design has expanded its line of range hoods to include stainless base hoods, which have a fully func- tional stainless steel baffle base with options from 300 CFM to 1500 CFM. Six different wooden top designs and 12 different species of wood are available, with hoods offered in a range of widths. Circle No. 190 on Product Card Haber agrees that color continues to be a major trend. Higher con- sumer confidence in color also increases the desire for personalized color options with optional metal trims like brass, bronze or copper. And, while bold colors may sometimes be the choice, that's not always the case. "Not every color is a bright race car red or yellow. Consumers are experiment- ing with finishes too, from matte to gloss, in traditional colors like black or white," she says. "We're seeing a continued trend in stainless steel appliances, however more and more homeowners are wanting something truly unique," says Shead. Custom finish options are a growing trend, he notes, adding, "Matte black, matte white and antique white have been very popular for the more classic designs, while bolder palettes are opting for more color – blues and greens." Custom panels are also in demand, he notes. Sandoval says that, in addition to stainless steel, metallic glass with gray or silver finishes and vibrant color displays are also showing up more frequently. "Of course, personalization is key, so we also love to see how de- signers create their own unique expression with custom panels," she adds. "Perlick's number one request remains stainless steel, in large part due to its timelessness," says Muraro Gust. "Offering our signature stain- less steel, but with a custom option to install any panel and handle they want, gives customers design flexibility without committing to a particu- lar look for the life of the appliance." ▪ that is also equipped with a warming drawer and allows the ability to steam and [also] cook a pizza to perfection, then they eliminate the space needed for the appliance that would have just served one function and may become obsolete as kitchen trends shift." UNIQUE AESTHETICS While stainless steel remains a top choice, manufacturers see consumers increasingly looking for ways to convey their own vision, creating a move toward custom panels and unique color options. "As consumers become more design-savvy, demand for design that matches their personal style and sense of self is higher than ever," says Prescher. "While the general trend in cooking product finishes remains traditional stainless steel and, increasingly, black stainless steel, consum- ers also appreciate the ability to customize the look of their appliances to match kitchen cabinetry and their overall design aesthetic." "Stainless steel appliances continue to be the 'go to' in most kitchens, yet color options are gaining interest, allowing for a more distinctive design and differentiation from the mainstream," states Sappok. Carr notes that, in the premium segment, the color trend grows every year. "Even if consumers don't want to commit to a full colored kitchen, many are going with color for the heart of the kitchen – the range – a fun place to make a bold statement," she says. 72 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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