Last week I attended the 2013 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, which is a small trade show featuring a carefully curated selection of home and kitchen brands. It's a fun show to go to for that reason, since you know you'll only see the best of the best. Here are 5 brands that caught my eye:
What We Noticed: Did you know Bluestar has been around since 1880? All of their ranges are still made in the US in Pennsylvania. It was great to see a few new additions and features to their line, including the new emerald color (Pantone's Color of the Year). This is just one of the 750 colors and finishes available for both the ranges and knobs, all of which are completely customizable. They also showcased a new shimmery textures line, and a brand new 60" Platinum Series Range (the red one above), with two 24,000 BTU burners.
Bluestar 24" RNB Range from the City Living Collection, with yellow knobs!
Bluestar 30" RNB Range in Emerald
Extra-large oven capacity with convection oven cooking. Unlike other convection ovens, the heating element here is at the back of the oven (instead of on the bottom) so it circulates air better.
Bluestar's new textured colors and finishes
Their new electric wall oven (to be launched in Summer 2013) will be available with either French doors or the standard oven door.
These wall ovens have an integrated baking stone, the first of its kind.
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What We Noticed: The biggest news from Liebherr was the introduction of their new BioFresh Plus technology. This separate cooling system means you can set the exact temperature you want for the type of food you have. Store meat and dairy in the DrySafe compartment, and fruit and veggies in the HydroSafe compartment, both independently temperature controlled.
Another cool feature was this ice making setup for a few of their freestanding units. Just pour water in the container you see above...
... and ice comes out in the freezer drawer below!
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What We Noticed: If you've never heard of ILVE before, let us introduce you. These are gorgeous luxury ranges in the vein of La Cornue — and with a similar price point (think $9,000 - $11,000 USD). They're made in Italy and feature every possible high end detail you could imagine, particularly the totally customizable 9 Ways To Cook accessory line. Choose from the coup de feu (French top), barbecue grill, steam basin, fish burner and grate, flat griddle, wok ring, steam basin, stainless-steel bain marie basin, steak pan and rotisserie.
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Who: La Cornue
What We Noticed: Speaking of La Cornue... I didn't get a chance to speak to anyone at this booth, but I grabbed a few photos. These ranges really are as stunning in person as they look in the photos.
Check out those gold burners!
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What We Noticed: The coolest thing at the Jenn-Air booth was this artistic, almost futuristic hood that comes up out of the countertop! No more chimney-style or under cabinet range hoods! This is a whole new beast. The 36" Accolade Ventilation System comes with a high pressure stabilizing in-line blower system that removes cooking smoke at a rate of up to 1,200 cubic feet per minute (CFM). With the push of a button it comes outs of the countertop to curve over your rangetop, and with another push it drops down and disappears! See it in action here:
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(Images: Cambria Bold)