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FEB 2019

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Mirage's Esprit 2.0 collection provides the classic look of natural stone, offering a matte finish and a neutral color theme. The 20mm anti-slip durable porcelain pavers are available in five iconic stone styles – Crema Luna, Elba, Pietra Iulia, Porfido and Vesper. Esprit 2.0 offers two sizes: 24"x24" and 24"x48". Circle No. 159 on Product Card The 24" Signature Series Outdoor Re- frigerator features Perlick's RAPIDcool forced-air refrigeration system. With all stainless-steel interiors and full-ex- tension pull-out drawers, this model is available in solid, glass and drawer options in stainless or customer-pro- vided overlay finish. Circle No. 160 on Product Card A high-performance, briquette tray- free grill, the All Trident Grill from Lynx Grills includes Trident infrared burners. The newly integrated Flametrak system uses a sensor to indicate if a flame's burner is out, attempts to relight it and then automatically turns off the gas if it is unable to relight after 13 seconds. Circle No. 161 on Product Card Vinotemp's Designer Series Outdoor Automatic Icemaker produces and stores up to 25 lbs. of clear ice in three different sizes. The stainless steel icemaker features a reversible door and auto-inlet water with a built-in pump along with the option of a gravity drain or drain pump. Circle No. 162 on Product Card Scotsman Ice Systems offers two outdoor models. The Gourmet Cuber produces clear, taste-free ice, while the Nugget Ice Machine delivers soft, chewable ice. Both machines are 15", fit undercounter and come with an unfinished front panel. Front panel kits are available in three finishes. Circle No. 163 on Product Card A range of Rev-A-Shelf's products – including drawer inserts and cabinet pullouts – are made of easy-to-clean, weather-resistant polymer with stainless steel slides. The Glideware by Rev-A-Shelf outdoor organizer (shown) is designed for 22"-deep cabinets, and includes five adjustable hooks. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Liebherr's 24" RO 510 outdoor bever- age/wine cooler chills beer, wine and soft drinks, keeps meats and veggies to grill on hand and stocks all essential condiments in the outdoor kitchen. The RO 510 fits seamlessly under the countertop, doubling as an outdoor food prep station. Circle No. 165 on Product Card Zephyr Ventilation's offerings include the Willow outdoor pro-style hood and Cypress outdoor hood. Combining form and function, the Cypress outdoor hood (shown) provides more capture with its 32" depth, and its stainless steel canopy houses stainless steel baffle filters that enhance airflow. Circle No. 166 on Product Card for these outdoor kitchens must allow homeowners the flexibility to serve the purpose of both day-to-day living and entertaining. For example, a Perlick outdoor freezer can be stocked with popsicles for the kids to enjoy poolside, and with the change of a shelf, can become a martini glass and liquor chiller for evening entertaining. These appliances need to keep up with the ever-changing food and beverage trends and continually perform on the hottest of summer days," she notes. The look of the outdoor space should also create the same feel as the rest of the home. Erika Egede-Nissen, director of marketing at Los Angeles, CA-based Walker Zanger says, "Designers and homeowners are essentially looking for an outdoor finish option with traction that they can apply to an indoor product in order to maintain the overall design aesthetic." GATHERING PLACES An outdoor kitchen space is just the beginning when it comes to entertain- ing outside. Interaction between host and guests is easier during food prep outside, where space isn't as confining. But once the meal is cooked, it's time to move to a more relaxing, comfortable area for socializing. These gathering spots need to blend with the overall ambiance, have a clear flow and incorpo- rate all the essentials of indoor entertaining into the outdoor space. Lograsso remarks, "Outdoor spaces are a prime location for entertain- ing as well. This translates into a desire for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that's multifunctional, elaborate and permanent." These spac- es often include entertainment options like large-format HD displays, sur- round sound systems and heating elements for comfort in cooler seasons, she says, and fire bowls or other fire features can serve as a focal point or calming centerpiece for any conversation. "In terms of ambiance and flow, the focus is really on creating an environment for bringing friends and family together without segment- ing them to different rooms. Whether that's accomplished in the kitchen space itself or by cleverly structuring a series of open-air mingling zones, the goal is to inspire conversation and connection," she points out. Faulk sees more outdoor spaces designed with distinct zones that might include a prep area, cooking area and dining or grilling area, and then a separate seating area with a built-in fireplace or fire pit. "Each of these spaces allows people to gather and relax," he says. Mitch Slater, president of Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, licensee of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, notes that his firm's focus is on the entertaining space adjacent to the kitchen area, with requests from designers, architects and homeowners looking to create more than just a functional kitchen space. "That's where the color and the style of the cabinetry become important, because they're trying to make the space more functional for en- tertaining, regardless of whether there's actual cooking going on or not. They want our cabinetry to add to the beauty of the space for entertaining," he says. February 2019 • 75

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