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Atlas Plan from Atlas Concorde is available in 6mm, 12mm and 20mm options. The 64"x128" porcelain stoneware slabs are durable and resistant to extreme temperatures and wear, making them suited for outdoor kitchen use, notes the company. Six styles are available, as well as three different finishes. Circle No. 184 on Product Card Vintage Luxury Grills' Sear Zone Burner is a 100% ceramic combust- ing burner that reaches 1,500° F for steakhouse cooking performance at home. The burner is available on the 36", 42" and 48" grills, which are available from Almo Corp. The grills feature a U-shaped cooking grate and push button RapidFire ignition. Circle No. 183 on Product Card The Marvel Outdoor Undercount- er Freezer has Dynamic Cooling Technology with rapid cool down, frost-free operation and accurate temperature stability, the company says. The unit can store up to 200 lbs. of frozen goods, is CSA certified for outdoor use and withstands rain, humidity and temperatures as high as 115° F, according to the company. Circle No. 186 on Product Card Neolith from TheSize has added four new colors to its collection of sintered stone slabs. Sofia Cuprum, shown, is a dark surface that uses a wide variety of diverse colors, patterns and textures to create a semi-polished finish that gives the surface a worn-in feel. Circle No. 185 on Product Card The Bera & Beren collection from Walker Zanger provides porcelain flooring that pairs with its textured ceramic Bera & Beren wall tiles. Available in natural and structured finishes in both standard and large sizes across a range of neutral col- ors, the collection mimics fine-grain Portuguese and Spanish limestone and features subtle variation. Circle No. 188 on Product Card Thor Kitchen's complete Sev- en-Piece Outdoor Kitchen Suite sports stainless steel outdoor appliances. Included in the suite are: a Pizza Oven with Bottom Cabinet, a Side Burner with Bottom Cabinet, a BBQ with Bottom Cabinet, the 24" Indoor/Outdoor Refrigerator Drawers, a Sink Cabinet, a Corner Cabinet and the Appliance Cabinet. Circle No. 187 on Product Card Precision Gas Grills from Capital Cooking include 25,000 BTU U-shaped main burners made of 14-gauge stainless steel that provide coverage across the entire grill surface. Each grill also includes a ceramic infrared burner that pro- duces 1,800° F of heat at the burner surface, rotisserie system and the Hybrid Radiant System. Circle No. 190 on Product Card Delivering up to 90 lbs. of ice per day and a storage capacity of 30 lbs. of ice, U-Line's Outdoor Nugget Ice Machines showcase a clean, modern design fit for the outdoors. The models can be built in or used freestanding, and sport a stainless steel finish. Circle No. 189 on Product Card a designer's palette through multiple remodels. It's also an exciting time to use porcelain since it is now being manufactured for both indoor and outdoor use with the look of other materials such as wood or marble, yet the durability of porcelain." Because outdoor living spaces are popping up across the country, durability is essential regardless of climate. "Traditionally, the assumption has been that outdoor living spaces only make sense for luxury homes in sunny states, but now we're seeing interest and activity in numerous mar- kets and across various demographics nationwide," Lograsso maintains. "Due to weathering saltwater and beach exposure in coastal loca- tions, homeowners are looking for UL-rated outdoor refrigerators and clear ice machines that can be integrated into an outdoor entertaining space and hold up in any environment," McClaran says. "Reliability and performance are extremely important when considering appliances and materials for an outdoor kitchen. Depending on climate and region of the country, having an outdoor appliance that can withstand extreme tem- peratures and weather conditions is key." Because food and beverage trends are constantly evolving, future flexibility of appliances is another consideration, according to Muraro Gust. "Trends in finishes, hardware and overall aesthetics also change, so choosing panel-ready models that allow you to change the look of the appliances is also important." ▪ Drawing from the natural world aids designers in creating the unified feel between inside and out, manufacturers say. "Products that draw in- spiration from natural materials are in demand for outdoor kitchens, as they help make a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors," says Ballucchi. "Stone and brick veneer are customizable to any design aesthetic and available in numerous configurations and colors that reflect the indigenous elements and architecture of regions throughout the nation, creating a pol- ished look that blends the home and natural landscape," adds Lograsso. TIMELESS DURABILITY Setting up an outdoor kitchen and entertaining area is a sizeable invest- ment, making durability and flexibility top priorities, manufacturers say. "The outdoor elements, including wind, rain, extreme heat and frost, need to be accounted for with materials that are built to last," Ballucchi says. Slater agrees: "If [designers] are trying to bring an indoor look to an indoor/outdoor space, then they want not only the look of indoor mate- rials, but the durability of the product so it will last in an area where it's exposed to an outdoor environment." Durability, freeze-thaw and timelessness are important aspects for designers to consider, Egede-Nissen says. "Natural stone delivers rich neutrals in white, brown, gray and black that act as neutral anchors for 78 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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