It‘s the hub of the home and where we typically spend the most time, so that‘s why new kitchen trends and innovations draw the most interest. Anything that can make work easier, storage better and cooking faster will enhance your time in the kitchen. Besides, some of the latest technology is just plain cool. At the 2017 Architectural Digest Design Show, we got a look at the some of the newest appliances and fixtures for the kitchen. Sleek cabinetry is still hot and this kitchen island from Bauformat includes the latest must-have: Undercounter LED lighting. While it‘s a cool look, the addition of lighting under the edge of the counter also serves an in important functional purpose because it means no more digging around in a dark drawer or cabinet. Another great example of a clean, modern look is this kitchen island from Scavolini. It is also innovative because of the porcelain material used for the top. Textured, matte and durable, even when you touch it, it‘s hard to believe porcelain is the material. The cabinetry is equally smooth and sleek. Cesar, the Italian company based near Venice, presented a cooktop that is rather new for the American market but is more known in the European market. It integrates the burners directly in the countertop, rather than via a cooktop insert. Of course, this cannot be done with every kitchen countertop material — only those surfaces that can take the heat. The minimalist kitchen design also includes a folding shelf that can be turned up to hide small items on the shelf, or be folded down for extra handy storage space while working at the counter. The shelving also has moveable hooks along the bottom for hanging kitchen cloths or utensils.
Transparent glass is the most common and versatile of all. It suits all styles and all kitchen types, some better than others. Simple, transparent glass for kitchen cabinet doors is the classic and safe choice in the sense that it would always look nice regardless of the latest trends. However, there are a few things to consider in this case. Even though transparent glass is the most widely available, it shows smudges and fingerprints so you have to keep the cabinet doors clean and sparkling at all times. Also, since the glass is transparent, it doesn‘t really hide anything so everything inside the cabinets will be on display for everyone to see. If you want a type of glass that at least gives the impression of hiding the contents of your kitchen cabinet, consider frosted glass. This is a type of glass that’s blasted with sand or grit and which has a cool and sleek look, being suitable for modern decors and settings. Keep in mind that frosted doesn't mean opaque so perhaps your guests might not be able to distinguish the little details on the boxes and other things that you keep in your cabinets but they’ll still be able to see their silhouettes and to figure out that your cabinets are a mess when that's actually true. A cool thing about frosted glass, however, is the fact that it can be etched with custom patterns and designs.
Miele also offers their version the third shelf, in the form of the patented 3D cutlery tray. In addition to standard cutlery, it is large enough to accommodate large utensils such as whisks, ladles and spatulas. The design also allows for stemware to be loaded for safe washing. The latest dishwashers from Thermador have a lighted interior, which is especially helpful with day-to-day usage and finding anything that you might have dropped when loading the dishwasher. It has flexible racks that can adapt to large pots and pans or delicate stemware. The company says it's dishwashers also have one of the fastest full-load wash cycles. Innovations and new ideas for sink fixtures like faucets also make use of new technology. This Brizo faucet is the Artesso, equipped with Smartouch technology. The design has an industrial vibe, but is refined enough for any kitchen. In addition to the usual conveniences of a sprayer head style, this model features a magnetic docking system and an LED temperature indicator. Any avid cook knows that a pot-filling faucet can be one of the more functional faucet additions to a kitchen. This one by Waterworks has a retro feel that works with the red brick tile wall. With a pot faucet, there's no need to lug big pots of water from the sink, or struggle to fill them under standard sink faucet.
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