A side-by-side look at Kohler's scratch-resistant stainless steel (on the left) and regular stainless steel.
I spent a whirlwind day at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Vegas this week, and saw a number of cool kitchen products, like these lift-system cabinets and a whole slew of smart new faucets and sink accessories. Here's a final look at the 14 things that really caught my eye, from Kohler's new ridged apron front sink to Viking's super-high-speed TurboChef double oven.
- Kohler: Besides the Sensate faucet and its new Sweep Spray technology, Kohler had two other newsworthy releases: the Widehaven Hayridge apron front sink, with its horizontal ridges, and the Preserve Undertone Stainless Steel Sink with a new scratch-resistant coating.
- Viking: Viking showcased their new Professional 7 Series range, which they're calling "the most innovative range in Viking History." New features include 23,000 BTU elevated burners, LED-illuminated knobs for easy reading, and a new chrome griddle. I don't know if I was more blinded by the beauty of the range, or the price. ($15,000. Gulp.)
Viking's other showstopper this year is their collaboration with TurboChef (makers of commercial high-speed cooking technology) to create the TurboChef Double Oven. This new super-fast oven cooks food 15 times faster than conventional ovens. What does that really mean? As TurboChef notes on their website, "Imagine cooking anything – from fresh asparagus in 45 seconds, a frozen pizza in 90 seconds, to a rack of lamb in 4 minutes, or a Thanksgiving turkey in 42 minutes." Whoa and whoa.
- Elmwood: This sliding door kitchen setup was a fun idea. The idea here is that you can hide the wall kitchen completely by pulling out the sliding doors (which are stored in a corner cabinet) and sliding them down until they all click together to form a solid wall. (Go on and hide those dirty dishes during your next dinner party!
- Bauformat: In addition to their lift-system cabinets, Bauformat has some impressive storage solutions, like this smooth-gliding corner unit that swivels out all the way for full access.
- Falmec: Italian company Falmec makes modern range hoods and vents, like this Zephiro e.Ion hood that looks more like a sculptural pendant light than a hood!
- Native Trails: Native Trails is known for their hammered copper sinks, but this year they introduced a brand new sink material: NativeStone, which is made of jute fiber and cement. It's stain-, scratch-, and crack-resistant and weighs 40% less than regular concrete.
They were only showcasing this new material in a bar/prep sink called the Ventana, but they do plan to manufacture wide kitchen sinks in this new material.
- Pierre Habitat and Vetrazzo: Vetrazzo has long made recycled glass tiles, but now they've partnered with Pierre Habitat to make cabinet door handles and pulls. Pierre Habitat sources from a few different manufacturers to use excess granite, marble, limestone for their hardware, but their Vetrazzo recycled glass designs are my favorite.
- Liebherr: Liebherr's new SBS 19H1 24" refrigerator can be configured to your choice. Add in a wine fridge in one quadrant, or an additional freezer in another!
- Cambria Natural Stone Surfaces: I loved the shimmering Galloway Coastal Collection quartz countertop from Cambria (and no, not just because we share a name!). This special quartz design has "aesthetics found only in nature that originate from minerals in the earths crust." It's really stunning in person.
(The company Cambria wouldn't let me, the person Cambria, take a photo of the countertop at KBIS, so I've included a photo of the countertop from their website.)
(Image credits: Cambria Bold; Cambria Natural Stone Surfaces)