Digital calendars, recipe projection systems are some of the innovations that may hit kitchens in the future, says Blue Arnold, CKD, CBD, of Kitchens by Request in Jarrettsville, Maryland, who designed the “Digital Kitchen” at the 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) in Las Vegas. “The Kitchen is the center, the hub of the home, busy families want an easy way to organize their lives,” Arnold says.
Though most of the products shown in Arnold’s kitchen are still in the concept stage, a number of new appliances unveiled at the K/BIS in 2008 introduce hot new features that will put any kitchen on the cutting edge. Below are some of our favorites.
1. The Coanda Effect
Gaggenau’s AI 280-720 Island dual opening hood introduces a new technology called the Coanda effect, an aerodynamic principle that occurs when multiple fans are positioned to create a backflow of air. The result is a ventilation system that offers energy efficiency and low noise levels while whisking away odors, vapors and steam. www.gaggenau-usa.com
2. Look, No Hands
The combination of hands-free and touch control technologies make the Pascal Culinary Faucet from Brizo a cook’s dream. Activate water flow by tapping almost anywhere on the faucet or by placing something under the “water work space.” Water temperature and flow are set by the faucet’s single-handle manual valve. www.brizo.com
3. Stay Cool Cooktop
Siemens’ Avant-Garde Induction Cooktops boast a new TouchSlide control that enables home chefs to adjust up to 17 temperature levels with the touch of a finger. www.siemens-home.com
4. Fresh Air
Studies show that air quality in a refrigerator has a big impact on food freshness. As a result, Sub-Zero has revamped its line of built-in refrigerators–which already have a freshness preservation system that controls the humidity and temperature—to incorporate an air purification system that runs every 20 minutes to eliminate odors. www.subzero.com
5. Wine Cooler
Northland’s Connoisseur Collection caters to oenophiles with a new selection of undercounter and full-height wine cellars. Each is equipped with the company’s TruStor temperature management system, which allows wines to be stored at an optimal temperature for proper aging. The cooling system, run via a separate unit from the cellar, houses all of the mechanical components to leave more room for wine bottles. Available in four sizes. www.northlandnka.com
6. Clean Air Act
The new Arc Collection from Zephyr offers ventilation hoods that are equipped with a new “Clean Air” feature. They eliminate stale air and odors by re-circulating air for 10 minutes every four hours. www.zephyronline.com