Product news: Kitchen
by Hayley Gilbert
Retailers are reporting copper as one of the most asked-for finishes this year. With this in mind, Abode has launched its latest Pronteau Prostream 3 IN 1 steaming hot-water tap in Urban Copper. Also available in matt black, graphite, chrome and brushed nickel and priced around £849, it delivers 98˚C hot water as well as everyday hot and cold.
The New Zealand brand unveiled its premium freestanding range series, a cohesive family of products with 134-litre gross capacity ovens, pyrolytic self-cleaning and pyrolytic-proof side racks, at IFA 2017. Available in 2018, the Classic Range will come in stainless steel as well as three heritage-style colours, with a storage drawer on selected models. The Contemporary range has a gas or induction cooktop, while the Professional – taking its cue from the commercial kitchen – features generous capacity and flexible configurations.
Featuring a new aesthetic and Shock Freeze function, Whirlpool’s Grand Side by Side is a freestanding 6th Sense® fridge and freezer pair with a premium look and feel. Expected to retail for around £699 each, the designs feature integrated handles with a metallic finish on each shelf edge, door balcony, and freezer drawers, reflecting the quality finish. With a net capacity of 615 litres it is still easy to move, as it comes on wheels. An Xlent Fit construction enables the appliances to be installed into two 60cm spaces or aligned and linked together in a 120cm niche.
Exclusiva is a luxury Italian kitchen in stained brass and gloss black lacquer. Featuring a central island in burnished brass buff lacquer for a subtle sheen and gloss back worktops to complement the floor-to-ceiling lacquered doors, it’s designed by Vuesse and is available at Multiliving, the Scavolini Store in London’s West Hampstead. Prices start at £40,000.
Appliance specialist Caple has launched the Ceramica island hood. The CR750 has a contoured ceramic body, handcrafted for a unique finish, with a 69cm diameter. Available in copper, silver or white, it offers four speeds and remote control, as well as a durable stainless steel filter and washable recirculation kit. Added benefits include a 20W LED light, 55m3/h motor, 68dB noise level and auto timer. It’s priced around £2,121.
LG Electronics’s Smart Ecosystem is now compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. With wi-fi built into all of its 2017 appliances, LG has made it even easier for consumers to connect and interact with their home. Its Smart InstaView Door-in-Door™ refrigerator works with the Alexa voice service, while Google Assistant is now compatible with all LG smart home devices using either Google Home or an Android or iPhone.