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OCT 2015

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50 | Kitchen & Bath Design News | October 2015 Product Trend Report it. All that stuf is hidden inside to provide a nice, clean exterior." When multiple units of refrigeration are combined, they are most often integrated into the cabinets, rather than creating a large area of solid stainless steel, says Elkin. And dishwashers, refrigeration and warming drawers are mainly going inside custom cabinetry, he adds. Elkin also is seeing more double-overlay applications, where there are two panels rather than one, making the appliance 'disappear.' "Everyone's looking for really clean, integrated lines," Elkin states. The one exception, he adds, is the pro range. "They're not trying to hide the Pro range in any way, shape or form. They're positioning that in the kitchen where it sparkles and shines." VALUE AND CONNECTION Ofering a variety of available features is essential to appliance design, but these options should not be gimmicks or elements that don't ofer additional function to the unit. Practical features that add value are in high demand. According to Tippets, these features include separate cooling zones in the refrigerator and more precision in cooktop/range temperature settings. Elkin says that Thermador sees adding features as an evolu- tion, not a revolution. "It's the nice to have versus willing to pay, and what will it actually deliver?" When looking at adding new technologies into products, Thermador focuses on the value it custom panels or otherwise blended into the overall aesthetic to achieve the desired look. "We are seeing appliance designs trending toward incorporating clean lines to achieve a modern aesthetic and seamless integration," says Franklin. "Reducing or remov- ing logos on appliance exteriors, thoughtful control placement and concealed and covered hinges are all elements that we are seeing trend right now." Tippets says that trends have shifted toward minimalist and modern design, but they also incorporate commercial-style features seen in restaurant kitchens, such as bold handle bars and cooktop dials. Aesthetic integration isn't the only consideration, adds Bertazzoni. "It's a double integration: aesthetic and functional," she says. While appliances must blend into the cabinets to cre- ate a clean and consistent look, they must also be capable of doing many things, either alternatively or in combination, so that space isn't wasted. Specialty ovens are a good example of this, she notes. "All of these elements working together is the essence of synchronicity we're bringing to the kitchen." "Integration is not going to go away," Davies maintains. He says it's important to provide true integrated products and be mindful of what is on the outside as well. This means not adding unnecessarily large buttons or levers, but instead having a simple lever to get water or ice, for instance. "They don't need to play with The Brilliance Nugget Ice Machine from Scotsman Ice Systems is based on The Original Chewable Ice machines of the food service industry. The residential model is 15" and fts in kitchens, bars and outdoor settings. Circle No. 184 on Product Card The redesigned fagship Residential Nova Burner series from BlueStar now features larger oven windows and sleeker lines, as well as BlueStar's commercial-grade performance and a choice of 750+ color and fnish combi- nations. The all-new RNB commercial gas range features full-width doors and windows, a one-piece control panel and two-piece body side. A new grease pan design and simplifed burners make for easy clean up. The 48" model now in- cludes a window and light in the smaller oven. The gas ranges also feature wok- ready burners with up to 22,000 BTUs of searing power. Circle No. 182 on Product Card The Cattura Downdraft from BEST can be installed with a cooktop, freestanding range, drop-in or slide-in range, or built-in oven with a cooktop due to its FlexBlower system, which allows up to nine ducting options. Including a 10 minute, time-delay shut-of and Heat Sentry technology that detects excessive heat and adjusts fan speed accordingly, the downdraft is a thin, retractable unit that raises up to 18" and contains a front touch-control panel. Circle No. 180 on Product Card RangeCraft Manufacturing has intro- duced three metallic woodgrains never before used on range hoods. These Wood Tones – Purpleheart (shown), Golden Oak Woodtone and Bronze Woodtone – create a distinctive wood look along with the functionality of a metal range hood. The new woodtones are actual color patterns that are part of the stainless steel. Circle No. 181 on Product Card KitchenAid rolls out a multi-door, freestanding refrigerator with a fve com- partment confguration for organiza- tion and further preservation of foods. Avail- able in a black stainless steel or stainless steel fnish, the brand's Preserva Food Care System and LED lighting are included in the refrigera- tor's design. An In-Door-Ice system and a Measure Fill Water feature that can be programmed to pour a measured amount of water for recipes and everyday items are additional premium elements. Circle No. 188 on Product Card Making its debut in the full-size residential refrigerator market, True Residential introduces its True 42. Inspired by the com- pany's commercial models, the refrigerator features ergonomi- cally designed tubular handles, industrial-grade door hinges that are rated for extreme tolerance, soft-close action on the doors and True Precision temperature con- trol with an LCD readout. Stainless steel is used on the refrigerator's interior to ensure a hygienic, antibacterial surface. Circle No. 179 on Product Card The newly designed 30" ductless wall-mount range hood from KOBE Range Hoods is handcrafted with 18-gauge commercial grade stainless steel and a sleek front-slope curve. The hood is equipped with a 420 CFM internal blower, three-speed mechanical push buttons, dishwasher-safe bafe flters and three- watt LED lights. It also features KOBE's QuietMode function that allows quiet operation, according to the company. Circle No. 187 on Product Card Perlick's Signature Series Sottile col- lection includes luxury undercounter refrigerators, beverage centers and wine reserves that boast a unique 18"- deep profle – providing greater design fexibility than a standard 24"-deep model – and are ADA compliant for Universal Design. The indoor and UL- rated outdoor units have front-vented, RAPIDcool forced-air refrigeration technology; full-extension adjustable shelves; digital temperature controller, and adjustable crisp white and cool blue LED lighting. Circle No. 185 on Product Card Samsung has evolved its Flex Duo Oven Range with the introduc- tion of Dual Door. The new door technology ofers two doors that have been integrated into one range to provide three cooking confgurations. Circle No. 183 on Product Card A Custom Color Program is now available for ILVE handmade custom Italian ranges and hoods, available from EuroChef USA. The Custom Color Program is available for both ILVE collections – the Majestic and Nostalgie. Both series are available in standard colors (seven for Majestic and eight for Nostalgie), and with the new Custom Color Program, over 220 colors are available. Trim accents can be ordered in brass, chrome or oil-rubbed bronze. Circle No. 186 on Product Card

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