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APR 2014

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30 | Kitchen & Bath Design News April 2014 Trend Spotting setting, so there's no per- formance loss by switching from gas to induction. Many professional chefs prefer it, in fact. Some other notable mar- ket introductions are Viking's illumination feature, so us- ers can quickly see that the burners are on. Viking's new induction cooktops, to be re- leased this quarter, also have automatic full burner shut- ofs if the pot is removed for more than 60 seconds. NEXT TRENDS What's next in this category? "The ability to use smart phones and connectiv- ity between cooking devices (cooktop to ventilation hood, etc.) is coming very soon," shares Swaim. "This is already appearing in wall ovens, dish- washers and refrigeration. I see this on the horizon and believe it will bring even more value and desirability to the induction category. "Wireless connectivity to common devices like cell phones and tablets will also open up new functional- ity and convenience, from communication of cooking status, recipes or even video tutorials streamed from the Internet, all [of which] will help a chef at any experience excel in the kitchen," he says. "In the not-too-distant fu- ture, we'll [also] see induction technology built into actual countertops," Swaim adds. That innovation is already being showcased in Europe. Spanish manufacturers TPB Barcelona and Levantina partnered on a porcelain slab top with integrated induction burners at the 2013 Living- Kitchen show. Those burners could be located wherever the designer or client wanted them and largely disappear from view when not in use. Another trend related to digital integration is cus- tomization. We've become accustomed to personal- izing our communications and entertainment interfac - es. Appliance manufacturers – notably European brands Gaggenau and Miele, along with American brand Wolf – are bringing that flex- ibility to the kitchen with customizable, modular cook- ing centers. Users choose from gas, steam, induction, grill, deep fryer, wok and teppanyaki modules to create the ar- rangement that fits their space and dietary needs. "In our showrooms, we integrate various combinations into the lifestyle vignettes to show our clients what is possible," Swaim shares. The Pirch executive also predicts that full-surface induction will become more available, along with the ad- dition of diferent colors and patterns to help personalize the kitchen. LAST WORDS If you're not yet specifying induction cooking appliances to your clients because you're unfamiliar or uncomfortable with them, it's time for a demo with your favorite appliance pro, recipe and conductive cookware. Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS is an independent designer in San Diego, the author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work (Taunton Press, 2012), and a blogger, design journalist, seminar developer and indus- try consultant. FREE IPHONE & IPAD CATALOGS Download at WhiteRiver.com/Apple Buy Online Today WhiteRiver.com Circle No. 16 on Product Card • The latest slide-in induction range from Bosch debuted at DCW 2014. • Viking's latest induction cooktop illuminates working burners. Photo: Viking Range, LLC Photo: Bosch Home Appliances KBD_26-31_TrendsSpotting.indd 30 3/14/14 9:56 AM

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