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Home Living : June 19th 2012
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 MB KITCHEN APPLIANCES WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN RETRO LOOK IS COMING BACK Susan Redman Appliance makers, including KitchenAid above and Kenwood right, are embracing retro. RETRO kitchen appliances seem to be all the rage these days. Even burlesque star Dita Von Teese (who launched her new lingerie line for Target at L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival ear- lier this year) has acquired a hot pink retro fridge to match her hot pink retro stove. In Australia, Smeg offers round- ed mid-century style fridges in 10 vibrant colours. Small appliance maker Kitchenaid is just one of many companies embracing this funky trend in mixers, blenders and food processors. Plus, you'll find many of these classic designs in eye-popping brights, making them great fea- ture pieces for display in modern- ist or pared down kitchens. But if retro chic is not your thing, futuristic offerings are also available. Computerised fridges can be connected to the internet allowing recipe downloads. What's more, you can also list the ingredients you need to buy online to stock your fridge. Other new high-tech appliances incorporate auto-sensing features, voice activation, and memory fea- tures, allowing home cooks to save their favourite settings. Appliances are changing as well -- electric induction cooktops use electromagnetic energy, making them a faster way to cook and, in the small appliance sector, Magi- mix's see-through toaster gives you perfectly brown toast. Kitchen designers can often give advice about what's new but if you head to an appliance showroom the latest features can be ex- plained. This also gives you a chance to see all the large ap- pliances in a built-in kitchen and how they will look once installed. A spokesman for Wholesale Kitchens says there are advan- tages to buying appliances of the same brand. ''Aesthetically, appliances should look like they belong together, and have the same matching finishes -- all stainless steel, for example -- and carry the same visual branding consistent across range of products,'' he said. There's also the advantage of gaining a good discount when you buy a ''suite'' of appliances or bundle multiple appliances. KITCHENS THE LATEST TRENDS SOME of the latest kitchen ap- pliances on the market have come about through simple form- follows-function ideas. Pull-out drawers Overhead cupboards storing crockery and glassware are fast becoming obsolete in kitchen de- sign as busy cooks embrace the idea of a deep drawer from which to grab a plate or pot. Now they can enjoy the same ease-of-use concept in fridges, dishwashers, even ovens. Set and forget With most Australians working long hours, nothing is so welcom- ing as coming home to the de- licious smells of a home-cooked dinner. In benchtop appliances, you can't go past this recent craze for slow-cooked meals. Sink shapes The sharp-cornered sinks of re- cent years have given way to a more organic shape and more rounded tapware. Stainless steel is still the most popular sink ma- terial, but there is a resurgence in ceramic sink options. Make More Money Using Your Current Home GRANNY FLATS AND STUDIOS PTY LTD Builder of Quality Granny Flats Designed and built for your lifestyle Division of Ian Cubitt's Classic Home Improvements Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains www.grannyflatsandstudios.com.au 1300 721 150 MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C FREE Full feasibility study of your property Granny Flats and Studios 2201012 31/02 IAN CUBITT'S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11
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