by Hayley Gilbert
Fine quality stone specialist Gerald Culliford has introduced its first ceramic surface material, SapienStone. Made from ceramic clays and mineral colourings, and available in a range of colours and finishes, the collection is suitable for a number of applications in the home – from kitchen worksurfaces to bathroom countertops. Heat, light, scratch, and chemical resistant, it is characterised by marble veining with colour throughout each slab. Prices start at £210 per sq m.
Dutch boiling-water tap manufacturer Inventum has launched an updated portfolio, with a range of UK-specific HotSpot Titanium products showcased at kbb 2018. Highlights include the new matching solo and mixer taps, priced from £1,428 for both taps, a four-litre heater, and water filter set. The Agostina and Lucca models come in polished chrome, as shown above. Also being displayed for the first time was matt black, a brand new colourway for the 3-in-1 tap which is offered as a swan neck (Alessio) or drop neck (Adrianna) shape.
German kitchen manufacturer Pronorm has revealed a new Black Knotty Oak door, a varnished veneer combining a textural aesthetic with practical performance, in response to the trend for dark, dramatic interiors. It is available in a wide range of sizes, for full design flexibility across all of Pronorm’s kitchen ranges of Y-Line and X-Line handleless, Pro-Line 128, and Classic-Line. The Pro-Line 128, shown here, starts at £10,000 and features industrial touches, open shelving, and blonde wood worksurfaces.
Sintesi by Falmec is a high-performance multifunctional one-piece extractor and induction hob. Featuring three ‘firsts’ for the industry, it incorporates a combined Carbon.Zeo filter to purify cooking odours and steam. It claims to be the first FourZone touch control panoramic induction hob and extractor duo to market. As well as FlexZone functionality, it features an automated system that opens the aerodynamic air blades. It’s priced from £3,143.
The new Küppersbusch Premium + Collection CBD 6550 A+ 45cm 43-litre compact steam oven offers 14 cooking functions and eight special baking features. There is also a choice of six steam cooking programmes, with nine additional special steam options. The oven further offers a sous vide programme, to gently cook food in a vacuum bag at around 60°C. Its ökotherm® oven catalytic converter ensures the appliance is kept clean at all times. Price on application.
At CES 2018, Whirlpool unveiled a series of smart appliances in a fingerprint resistant Sunset Bronze finish. The door-within-door refrigerator breaks away from the usual stainless steel offering to give consumers more choice when it comes to design. Available this spring, the appliance offers more space, as well as a variety of storage features and a pantry-style layout. It also provides instant access to settings with a touchscreen that learns, adapts, and suggests customised presets based on the family’s routines.