Lift-system cabinets doors — doors that open or fold up, as opposed to out — have been around for a few years, but they've gotten sleeker and more user-friendly, and that's what caught my eye at this year's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. The newest versions from two makers in particular, Blum and Bauformat, feature seamless fronts that open up at the slightest push and fold back down with the touch of a button.
The CES is an annual electronics convention held in Las Vegas. It's the biggest of its kind, with nearly every major retailer showcasing new products or concepts across over 2 million square feet of exhibit space. With technology intersecting just about every area of our lives, CES covers everything from televisions to cars and now, of course, our own kitchens. Here's a look at some of the new products and concepts displayed at this year's show, giving us all a peek into what cooking in the future may be like.
Last week I went to the Total Home event in New York, an annual showcase of new products from a few select brands, including Le Creuset, Simplehuman, Schmidt Bros knives, Edgeware, and Casabella. Here are a few new products that caught my eye:
Who: Fisher & Paykel What We Noticed: What does the future hold for our kitchens? I, for one, hope the future includes a better refrigerator. Forget the jetpack; I want a fridge that doesn't take up an entire wall of my kitchen, freezes the lettuce, and costs an arm and leg too. When I talked with Thomas Johansson of Electrolux about the future of the kitchen last fall, the fridge was what he promptly focused on. And here's one way that new fridge could work out: Fridge drawers.
Who: Faber What We Noticed: I am always so obsessed with range hoods when I visit these big kitchen trade shows. In the US, I rarely see anything but simple and understated stainless steel and glass hoods, but in Europe they seem to treat hoods as jewelry for the kitchen, adornments that come in all shapes and colors. Want to see a video of this crazy color-changing hood from Faber?
Who: Hoover UK What We Noticed: We know Hoover primarily as a maker of vacuum cleaners, but in the UK the brand is licensed to a company who makes kitchen appliances, like this smart little oven. This oven is apartment-sized, but manages to be very roomy inside. And it has a very smart secret — want to see?
Who: Leicht What We Noticed: We hit up KBB London, a kitchen trade show, this week, to take a look at what's fresh and new in European kitchen design. This is a small detail that has been around for a little while in high-end kitchens, but I really like: LED strips inside drawers, that light up when the drawer is opened.
Yesterday I checked out the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, an annual trade show highlighting what's new in design. It's not a kitchen-focused show, but I like going to see what's exciting for the dining room. A big reveal at this year's show was the brand-new Stockholm dining table and chairs from IKEA, made of walnut and due in stores in August! See more photos below:
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:
One of the fun things about the Housewares show is discovering kitchenware companies from around the world. This is a blessing and a curse, because while it's cool to see what's coming out of Europe, for example, it's also a bummer not to be able to buy it anywhere in the US. That's exactly how we felt about these thermal cook-and-store pieces from Italian brand Ater.