by Hayley Gilbert
Opera 30 kitchen islands from Brummel come equipped with a sink and induction hob, alongside optional pull-outs for casual dining, storage, or home office solutions depending on the size selected. Touch-push drawers can house smart appliances, while a choice of ebony macassar, rosewood santos, or palma wood offers a customised finish with exclusive lacquers and marble coatings. The islands can be co-ordinated with matching cabinetry and wall panelling. Prices available on application.
Four of the darkest and most intense Silestone® quartz shades have been reinvented with N-Boost technology. Iconic Black, Stellar Night, Marengo, and Tebas Black now come with high colour intensity, a polished sheen, and a water-repellent easy-clean finish. The technology itself modifies the surface at a molecular level, further improving its qualities for a practical but eye-catching surface solution. With prices from £400 per sq m, the existing qualities remain intact: high resistance to impact and scratching, large sizes, and customised formats as well as an adaptability to a wide range of applications – remain.
Lanserring has launched its bespoke kitchen concept, Tradescant. Inspired by botanist and gardener John Tradescant, it includes a charcuterie cupboard, specially designed cheese drawer, and a wine storage unit. The hand-dyed crown cut oak chevron doors can be dyed to any colour, such as a deep petroleum blue. With prices starting from £50,000, further detailing includes a custom-made mesh sliding panel finished in brushed almond gold. This opens to reveal a walnut finger-jointed sideboard and hanging shelves with polished almond gold accents. The by-appointment Notting Hill studio features high-tech cameras in its workshops that enable clients to see their kitchen being crafted.
The Novy Panorama is a powerful 90cm four-zone induction hob with a fully integrated downdraft extractor built-in. When not in use, the extractor is completely concealed beneath the hob’s surface. When activated, the ventilation tower elevates to reveal a central section comprised entirely of semi-transparent glass. With white LED touch-slider controls and automatic pan detection, further benefits include a maximum noise level of 57dB, 722.8m3/h extraction rate, and five speeds plus three intensive settings. There is also an intelligent ‘AUTO’ function, which automatically adjusts to the optimal extraction level required. It is priced around £3,900.
Smeg has a new luxury refrigeration range, which offers a selection of high-end freestanding and integrated fridge-freezers incorporating the very latest technology. Efficient yet low on energy consumption, with an A+ rating, prices start from £8,999 for single models. Each frost-free appliance is handcrafted in Italy and comes with a number of high-spec features, including touch displays, customisable temperatures and compartments, MultiZone drawers, and a satin-finish stainless steel exterior. A selection of matching wine storage units is also available.
The latest built-in oven from Hoover features a 19-inch fully interactive touch screen with one single on/off button. The WiFi-enabled Vision oven door is one large screen, allowing users to watch video cooking tutorials, generate, save, and amend favourite recipes, and create a personal library of cooking programmes. They can also check the temperature, time remaining, and access selected websites. The in-cavity camera offers a close-up of the cooking process without opening the door. With an 80-litre capacity, 10 cooking functions, variable grill, and an A rating for energy, it is priced around £1,499.