Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2013

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Product Trend Report The new Incognito ventilation hood from Miele features three inner panels that discreetly conceal the grease flters. With its multi-zone panels – which are available in both stainless steel and glass – the Incognito retains odors. All three panels can be easily removed and are dishwasher safe. Available in both Wall and Island models, it comes standard in a Stainless Steel fnish or can be customized with more than 200 RAL color options. Circle No. 193 on Product Card Wolf has introduced three drawer microwave models – two in a new transitional style in 24" and 30" and a professional style in 30". The models ofer 20% more interior capacity than their predecessors and feature sensor cooking and a new guide to meal prep known as Wolf Gourmet. All three models have an allstainless touch control panel. Circle No. 195 on Product Card Fisher & Paykel Appliances has updated its ActiveSmart series refrigerators with new water dispenser styling and SmartTouch controls combined with exclusive design features. Part of the updated series is a larger 36", 20.1-cu.-ft. counterdepth French Door refrigerator. The SmartTouch control panel is placed in the refrigerator's inside for easy access, and it is designed to be intuitive. Angled water delivery means almost any size or shape container can be flled while taking up no storage space in the refrigerator door. Circle No. 196 on Product Card Stanisci Design & Manufacturing has launched the X-Series hood, which provides the look of a large mantle hood with columns, but its faux columns allow it to be made in smaller sizes that will ft in more kitchen designs, according to the company. The hood is available with ventilation packages from 300 to 1500 CFM. Circle No. 194 on Product Card – high BTU burners, powerful broilers, quick pre-heating – all will speed up cooking time while still producing professional results," she adds. "Consumers are looking for new ways to cook that also make cooking easier: French tops, steamers, griddles, warming drawers and indoor BBQs are all trending well." Crump says that people want to cook quickly whenever possible, but want better results than they might get with a standard microwave. To that end, she cites Viking's convection microwave, which combines the technology of convection with microwave assist. Much like induction and the combination steam oven technology, she thinks convection microwave technology will grow as people learn more about it. "As people understand what it is, there will be more adaptation and adoption of the technologies. In the general population, I think that's going to be a slow growth pattern," she says. Johnson has also seen interest in convection microwaves. "While microwave ovens have been a staple in American kitchens for decades, high-end models ofer not only speed and convenience, but many of the same capabilities prized in traditional ovens," she says. Jenn-Air has a 30" built-in microwave with a Speed-Cook system that can cook oven-quality meals up to three times faster than traditional ovens, she says. "By combining the speed of microwave energy with the heat of convection cooking and broiling, this cooking system has Smeg USA ofers the C30GGXU1 Pro Range, designed and manufactured in Italy for the U.S. market. The range is fnished in solid satin stainless steel and boasts large, easy-to-use black control knobs for a professional look. With a total of 57,400 BTU of power, the unit includes a wide rangetop featuring fve gas burners – four burners with a simmer feature and a central double-inset super burner ofering up to 17,000 BTU power and a built-in pan support. Circle No. 197 on Product Card the flexibility to cook a variety of preprogrammed foods from roasted chicken to delicate puf pastry." Some people are looking for the convenience of an appliance that can do it all. "Convenience certainly impacts appliance trends as cooks want appliances that can fulfll their every cooking need all in one appliance," says Elkin. He cites Thermador's Pro Grand Steam Range, which features six Star Burners, a grill/griddle, convection oven, steam and convection oven and warming drawer, as an example. Environmental concerns are also on everyone's mind, creating a demand for products that are both more energy efcient and manufactured in environmentally friendly ways. "Consumers want convenience along with more cost-efective and energy-efcient products. We are seeing that environmentally friendly, energy-efcient products continue to be a top design trend," says Steigmiller. Another consideration from a manufacturing standpoint, says Crump, is water efciency. Viking strives to design dishwashers that will maintain high standards of cleaning while using less and less water, she says. "It has to make sense, and really meet the end goals," she adds. HEALTHY HABITS Health and wellness concerns also drive trends, increasing interest in appliances that ofer healthier cooking options, better food preservation and antibacterial properties to prevent the spread of germs. "A greater focus on health and well-being is one lifestyle trend carrying over into home appliance selection," says Dacor's Discovery iQ Wall Oven features the integrated Discovery iQ Controller for Android. The control panel features Wi-Fi connectivity and mobile technology, allowing the home chef to control and monitor the oven from any room in the home via any Android or iOS smart phone or tablet. Circle No. 198 on Product Card This custom-made Teppanyaki kitchen island from Cook-N-Dine International features two invisible, seamlessly mounted Teppanyaki heating elements at either end, plus one induction module in the center. The Teppanyaki Grill Cook Top is indoor/outdoor IPX4rated, and available in drop-in/built in, portable, freestanding or custom models. Its Shallow-Dip technology forms a depression when hot, and a fat, extra work surface when of. Custom design by Erich Wurm. Circle No. 199 on Product Card 50 | Kitchen & Bath Design News October 2013 Grills from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet cook with gas, charcoal or wood. When empty, the Hybrid Fire Grilling Drawers' perforations and angled design difuse the burner's heat for gas-only cooking. Wood or charcoal can be placed in the drawer for a diferent grilling experience. The grills are available in four sizes with more than 12 model variations. Circle No. 200 on Product Card

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