In recent years, the kitchen design industry has witnessed the rise of extractor hobs: hobs with an integral downdraft extractor. Here we take a look at the NikolaTesla Prime from Elica.
On a press trip to Casa Bertazzoni in Italy I was able to meet the sixth generation of the family now in charge of driving the appliance brand forward.
It’s time for our monthly giveaway! I’m always so excited to launch these as they feel like an opportunity for me to give something back. Without you guys reading my blog day in and day out none of this would be possible so monthly giveaways feel like a really lovely thing to do. This month,
I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to write this post. This kitchen makeover has been in progress for a year…aha, you read that right…a year!! Why, you might ask. Well, it’s a long story. We started last April by replacing the hob, sink and worktop and we removed all the kitchen tiles.
So, hands up anyone who has heard of Oreck? Nope? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either until I became the proud owner of one of their vacuums. Now I feel like I’m part of some exclusive secret club. So anyway, I’ve had this vacuum cleaner for a little over a month now and it has revolutionised
You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted a lust list of designer kitchen items that Ruth and I have been coveting for a while now. On that list was the Dualit Architect Toaster and Kettle featuring a specially designed panel pack by Bluebellgray. I think the Architect range is just so clever
It’s been a while since my last Electrolux Design Lab update but things have moved on quite considerably since then and the competition is hotting up. There were over 1700 entries in total and in May, 100 of the best entries from 29 countries were posted on the Electrolux Design Lab website and the public were invited
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend? I’ve got an exciting post for you today to kick start the new week. As part of my coverage of the Electrolux Design Lab competition, I am happy to announce that the competition is officially open for submissions as of today, Monday February 18th.
You may remember the last post I wrote about Miele following BlogTourNYC when we had the opportunity to visit the Miele showroom at the D&D building? It was a fantastic event that was laid on for us and we were treated to some absolutely delicious food cooked up by Miele Table Artist, and rising chef Adam
One of the things that annoys me most about the fact that houses in the UK are getting increasingly smaller, particularly if you are renting, is the lack of utility space. It is the one thing that has been missing in practically all the properties I have rented since I left my parents house. The house
So you may have noticed my distinct absence from both the blogosphere and the Twittersphere over the past three weeks or so. Whilst I’m usually pretty good at updating my blog regularly there are times when things take over and I don’t always have time to focus on the blog. The last few weeks I
Gorenje, the Slovenian manufacturer famed for its creative and innovative appliances, has recently launched its new CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements refrigeration range. The range features two stunning statement fridge freezers. The new NRK67358SB features 3,500 CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements for an understated sparkle, whilst the two metre tall premium NRK26000SB features 26,000 anthracite CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements in
To be honest I’m not a massive fan of incorporating too much nationalist or patriotic paraphernalia into interior design schemes as it can be a little overbearing. However, when used sparingly as statement pieces I have to admit it can look quite striking. I do have a bit of a penchant for blue, red and
The June issue of Designer magazine features an article by me on the evolution of the ‘Smart Grid’ and the role that manufacturers of household appliances will play in enabling consumers to take greater control of their energy consumption. You can read the article here or check out the selection of other articles I have
Conceived and designed by Jean-Luc Roux for Hardy Inside, the Concept Cook is a stand-alone kitchen module that brings all the functions together in a single island unit: washing, preparation and cooking. Combined with a cupboard unit on the same level containing a refrigerator, it has room for storage of crockery and utensils. The
So if you are looking for a funky oven to sit alongside your daring Gorenje Retro Collection fridge, look no further. The undisputed king of colour, Karim Rashid, had put his stamp on the kitchen. A minimal fusion of functionality, technology, interactivity, and purity, according to Gorenje, the new collection boasts a full length handle
The Old Timer fridges and fridge freezers by Slovenian manufacturer Gorenje has been around for over a decade. But they have been given a new lease of life through a bright new palette of colours and a funky new name – the Retro Collection. Aimed at consumers who demand a more individual, lively and daring
Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc wanted to transform the mundane role and duties of housewives and raise the expectations we have of kitchen appliances by giving this mini-hotplate a new haute-couture image. The world premiere of the Mrs. Dalloway mini hotplate from Gorenje, reminiscent more of a cult fashion accessory than of an actual cooking appliance, took
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve needed to do washing but haven’t had enough to make up a full load of either coloured or white washing. One design that could go a long way in solving this is called Easy Living, a concept which was conceived by French designer David Genin as part
As we increasingly face a lack of space and our living quarters continue to get smaller, one of the main challenges we have is fitting everything we own and need into a smaller footprint. This slightly wacky design was thought up by German designer Cornelius Comanns who entered it into the Electrolux Design Lab 2009
Smart Space is an innovative space-saving design that combines a shower, a washing machine and a dryer. Designed in response to the depleting water resources and lack of living space we face in the future, Smart Space is an eco-friendly design that occupies a mere 1 square metre of floor space, making it ideal for
Earlier this year, US-based Metallo Arts came up with a new take on ventilation style in the form of four works of art that also happen to be working range hoods. Christopher Plummer, Metallo Arts‘ CEO, has used his training as a fine artist to push a vision of interior design that is driven as much by