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Sunday, 11 March 2018

How to Future Proof Your Home | Part 1: THE KITCHEN

48" Dual Fuel PRO Range Cooker

TRUE TO FOOD: "Through precision, performance and versatility", leading American brand, Signature Kitchens, launched an incredible KBIS 2018 show in Orlando, Florida. I can honestly say that I've never seen anything like it. From designing the first built-in sous vide range cooker, to intergrated Smart tech using Amazon Alexa technology, it was a riviting introduction to the show. In fact, as we walked through the show it became clear that nearly all the leading brands had integrated Smart Tech into their new appliances - more of that later. What struck me about Signature was that they had developed a range of home appliances that were able to talk to each other. I know. It's insane. Let's unpack that..

INTRODUCING: LG InstaView™ ThinQ Refridgerator
LG LG InstaView ThinQ Refrigerator
THE FUTURE IS HERE: Smart Insta View Refrigeration, by LG. This fridge has Amazon Alexa technology embedded into it. 1. You’re able to check the contents of your fridge via your phone, whilst shopping for groceries. 2. You can download a recipe and instruct the oven to turn on at the ideal temp, via the fridge without having to wash hands to check your phone, or turn a page in a recipe book etc. 3. You’re able to run a diagnostic test to check for any vaults. And that’s just the start. Using the Amazon Alexa Tech. this fridge can be programed to communicate with your Smart Tech. Range Cooker, which can activate your hoover, whilst you're at work. I know. And it's happening quickly and they're already here, in the UK, available for sale at John Lewis. 

Hands down, this is the most impressive technological advancements in kitchen equipment, since Meile designed the first washing machine. Life enhancing, game changing: I love it.

In fact, if you want a really good visual intro to this piece of wonder, you can watch the short video I posted on Instagram, or you can watch this interview with the delightful Carey from RC Willey and Norman from LG- or both! Either way, definitely have a look. (UK prices start at around £3000.)


So this is where things get interesting: Leading US brand Thermador (who certainly know how to throw a party - one of the best parties I've been to in maybe a decade....) introduced a very interesting open platform call Home Connect. This is the first solution in the world, to allow home appliances from different brands to be controlled with a single app. The system is designed as an open platform that will keep evolving to cover a growing range of services. Although launched as a Global Solution, it is currently offered in the US and Canada through BSH Home Appliance Corp. (Although home appliances fitted with the Home Connect Function and the accompanying app have been available in the US since October 2016.)


 INDUCTION HOBS have not received the attention they deserve, until now. In fact, I've had an ongoing conversation with one of my clients, about the benefits of installing an induction hob - space saving, child friendly etc. but two sticking points that kept coming up: my client couldn't see how you could stirfry on an induction hob and, as a busy, working mother of two small children, she was concerned with the length of time it would take to heat up and prepare food. Until now. Thermador have put their thinking caps on and solved this issue, once and for all. The new smart, intuitive features allow for greater control and ease of use. How? By fitting the hob with 48 induction elements, this intuitive product automatically recognises the size, shape and position of cookware on the surface. Meaning: you can pick your pan up and put it down anywhere on the hob and the indction elements will recognise it, transporting the heat immediately.

And that's just one feature. There are other well considered features such as the Freedom Teppanyaki Pro, Freedom Sapphire Glow and Cooktop Hood Sync. If that isn't enough, this product is fitted with the Thermador Connected Experience by Home Connect  and so you're able to exchange information and control the hob via the app on your phone. What a time to be alive... 

Do you have an Amazon Alexa - do you use it, regularly? If not, familiarise yourself with the technology because it's going to become as integral to our daily lives as the mobile phone.

Next up... 

How to Future Proof Your Home | Part 2: BATHROOMS


Wednesday, 17 January 2018


We’ve just got back from a whirlwind trip to Orlando, Florida, to visit the largest kitchen and bathroom trade show, in the U.S.: KBIS. Aside from having the opportunity to meet the people behind some of the world's biggest and most successful brands - Liehberr, Thermador, Wilson Art, Mr Steam, Metrie, DXV (LIXIL), American Standard, GROHE, spending the best part of a week with a carefully selected international group of talented designers and writers, is a personal highlight. You can meet the effervescent team, here.

I'll be writing more about this exceptional trip, over the next few days and weeks, but I wanted to share with you a brief overview of what stood out to me, this time:

1. Panel Discussion | Let's Talk Global

I was thrilled - thrilled, to be invited to take part in the most timely panel discussion about working internationally. Although we have worked on smaller consultancies, over in New York City and Washington, our curent project just outside Moscow, Russia, has opened up a whole new market for us, and a discussion with other desiners and international suppliers, alike. Stay tunes, there is so much more I want to share with you, about this fascinating talk.

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2. Smart Home Technology

While in it's infancy, smart home devices integrated with Amazon Alexa have taken over the appliance market. Every leading brand, from LG to Bosch to Thermador, to Leihberr had something to show us - whole ecosystems inbedded into sophisticated products (already connected so that they're able to relate to each other) helping you control your home via a single iOS or Android app. I found this absolutely mind blowing.


3. Design Trends for 2018

Ahhhh, TRENDS... I've taken trends with a pint of salt, believing that they're everything to do with marketing - shifting product, and very little to do with Design. Well, my opinion has recently changed on this. Call it Brexit, environmental concerns or just sheer creative thinking at the hands of some of the worlds most impresive brands (Thermador and Wilson Art, I'm looking at you...), I've had reason to revise my opinion. (When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong... ) I'll be writing a whole post on this how muted black and brushed brass has changed the modern home.

Arianne Bellizaire's Perlick Kitchen stand at KBIS

Wilson Art
Wilson Art

In the meantime, why don't you join us on twitter? Follow the hashtag #kbtribechat for some seriously interesting chat about all of the above, and more.... See you there!

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