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German Kitchen Showcase: Part 2: Pronorm Kitchens

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

In the next part of our feature on German Kitchens, we are taking a look at the range of kitchens from Pronorm.

Pronorm are well known for their contemporary kitchen designs with that typical German look.  Clean lines, functional design and high quality manufacturing have seen Pronorm grow to be one of the big players in the middle to high end kitchen market.  Pronorm have a rich history in furniture manufacturing, having begun production back in 1945.  The name Pronorm was introduced in 1972 and their kitchens can now be found all over the world.

So let’s take a look at some of the Pronorm range:

Pronorm Y-Line

Pronorm Y-Line

The Y-line by Pronorm, shown here in white gloss, is a handle-less kitchen with sleek lines that fits beautifully with contemporary living.  What I love about this kitchen is the sense of tranquility you get from it and how it blends in rather than take over the room.  For anyone with a small or dark kitchen, consider a kitchen like the Y-line in white gloss.  It will give a more spacious feel to the room by blending in and allowing light (whether natural or artificial) to bounce off it.  The Y-line also comes with thick end panels which frame the doors and streamline the look.  This range from Pronorm is also available in vanilla, cubanit, anthracite and black.

Also in the Y-line range:

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Proline 128

Pronorm Proline Kitchen

The Proline range, as you can see from the photo, can be fitted with handles or without.  If planning without handles, a touch opening system would be used instead of a finger rail.  Again, the main part of this kitchen is white, but the island shown is in black gloss.  The reason for showing this particular photograph of the Proline range is to highlight the open shelving design on the main kitchen run.  The beauty of this design is that it takes away that heavy kitchen look and lends itself perfectly towards an open plan living area.

Also in the Proline 128 range:

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Classicline

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The Classicline range from Pronorm is an extremely flexible range.  The idea is that homeowners can choose a modern or classic look for their kitchen depending on their preferred look.  The kitchen above left, is a mix of both titanium and teak, with the teak warming up what might otherwise be a cold looking kitchen.  As we have said before, mixing and matching is a key trend at the moment.  The kitchen to the right is a more classic or traditional kitchen.  The doors centre panel is v-grooved to give a country look with the vanilla colour being warm and inviting.

Also in the Classicline range:

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To find out more about Pronorm kitchens, visit their website at www.pronorm.de.

To find a dealer of Pronorm kitchens on Kitchenindex.ie go to http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/category-1/Fitted-Kitchens-and-Bedrooms.aspx/page-1/perpage-10/county-no/brand-Pronorm

Electrolux’s Stunning Vertical Chimney Hood

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Make your cooker hood a centrepiece in the kitchen! With more of us living, eating and entertaining in the kitchen, a stunning extractor can really add style and panache! Big is beautiful when it comes to cooker hoods and bold, dramatic designs have transformed them into great focal points in the kitchen. This Electrolux chimney hood is available in two different sizes to suit the size of your kitchen and hob.

Electrolux vertical chimney hood

Features such as two bright halogen bulbs and four different speeds are all designed to make cooking easier and more pleasant.

EFC50800/ EFC80800:

  • Available in 55cm and 80cm
  • 590m³/hr extraction rate
  • 66dB noise level (ducted)
  • Electronic touch control
  • 4 speeds inc. Intensive
  • 3 aluminum grease filter.
  • 2 x 20W Halogen lights
  • Charcoal filter as standard
  • Minimum height:

-Electric 500mm

-Gas 650mm

  • Stainless
  • Optional accessories:  Ducting kit CDK5FR or CDK5F

Expected Selling Price: EFC50800X £599, EFC80800X £649.00

Electrolux:

www.electrolux.co.uk

08445 611611

ATAG Launch New Gas Hobs With Digital Timers

Friday, June 10th, 2011

ATAG, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, presents the latest additions to its superior product portfolio; two gas-on-glass hobs with digital timers.

Atag Hob Digital Timers

The digital timers featured on the HG9611MDB gas on glass hob, and the HG1111MDB panoramic gas on glass hob, help to make cooking even more convenient and efficient. The consumer can use the timers to programme the desired cooking time, or keep an eye on the elapsed time. Once the specified cooking period has completed, the burner automatically turns off, preventing burning of food or overflowing pans.

These innovative digital timers secure ATAG as the market leader in gas cooking technology, with appliances packed full of thoughtful features truly designed to make life easier.

Key features and benefits of the HG1111MDB panoramic gas on glass hob:

* A Red Dot Design Award 2011 winner
* Part of the stylish MAGNA design line, with an ergonomic panoramic layout
* New digital timers for each zone, with switch-off function or display of elapsed cooking time
* Ability to turn off all burners simultaneously for complete ease of use, saving gas and time
* Black vitro-ceramic glass (wear and scratch-proof) with stainless steel trim
* Four gas burners – two normal and two wok, perfect for a variety of cooking styles
* Two powerful wok burners with extended adjustable range, from simmering to wok setting (0.26 – 5.7 kW), ideal for Asian cooking
* Thermo-electric flame failure device for peace of mind
* Comfortable operation by stainless steel control knob with integrated spark ignition
* Unique Flex® enamelled one-piece burner caps, easy to clean and replace
* Dimensions: H x W x D: 46 x 1114 x 412 mm
* The HG1111MDB retails for approximately £1475

Bill Miller, ATAG’s Sales and Marketing Director, says: “ATAG is renowned for its superior quality gas hobs, and the addition of digital timers to the two new models in the range truly marks it out as a market leader. These timers offer real safety advantages for the consumer, and the benefit of this added peace of mind cannot be understated. As with all ATAG hobs, the innovative functionality offered by these two new hobs is complemented by beautiful yet simple design, carefully considered to be as ergonomic and user-friendly as possible.”

For further information about ATAG’s new gas hobs with digital timers, please call ATAG on 0208 247 3993 or visit the website at www.atag.co.uk

Gaggenau – Full Surface Induction Hob

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Gaggenau, renowned for their high end kitchen appliances and innovation, really have created the perfect induction hob.

The CX 480, a frameless full surface induction hob, consists of one 2,800 cm² zoneless cooking area that allows you to put pans or pots of all sizes and shapes anywhere on the surface.  It also comes with an extra-large TFT colour touch-control display will indicate the size, shape and position of your cookware. The induction cooktop can accommodate up to 4 pans simultaneously.

Gaggenau CX480 Induction Hob

Gaggenau CX480 Induction Hob

The CX 480 includes many features including a booster function, separate timer for each cooking position, information key with use indications and power management.  For safety, this induction hob also includes a main switch, individual pot detection, residual heat indicator and a child lock.  As with all induction hobs, the use of magnetic induction pots and pans is necessary.

For more information on this induction hob and other the rest of the Gaggenau range, visit their website at http://www.gaggenau.com/change-country.do

Bosch Dishwashers with Active Water Generation

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Bosch Appliances claim to produce the most economical dishwashers in the world.  This claim is backed up by their Active Water Generation which they say makes maximum the use of the water it uses. Features of Bosch dishwashers include:

  • Dosage Assist – Helps the detergent dissolve gradually to ensure it works more efficiently throughout the dishwasher.
  • Varioflex Basket and Drawer – The Varioflex basket gives an extra 10% capacity while the drawer is ideal for cutlery and smaller items.
  • SuperSilence – Ensures optimum quietness while the dishwasher is working.

Watch this video for an excellent demonstration of how these prohormone work.

A Touch Of Glass With These Trendy Kitchen Splashbacks

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Sometimes the smallest detail can turn your average kitchen into the WOW factor that everybody wants.  One increasingly popular way of adding an interesting twist to your kitchen is by adding a glass splashback ranging from a plain single colour to an elaborate and funky design.

Choosing a splashback that really livens up the room and creates a focal point will mean your kitchen will be the subject of envious comments from your friends and family.

Floral Glass SplashbackFlower Glass Splashback

Flower Glass SplashbackFlower Glass Splashback

 

The glass splashbacks above show how creative you can get.  All four of these floral themes are from Splashbacks.ie and can be made in a huge range of designs and colours.  If you are a little bit daring, a floral pattern might just be what your kitchen has been crying out for.

 

Zebra Print Splashback by CP GroupPink Glass Splashback by CP Group

 

Or maybe you want to release the animal in you.  If so, how about this zebra print glass splashback from CP Group in the UK.  They also have this really trendy pink design on black glass for a little bit more of a feminine touch.

 

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You could however play it a little safer if you prefer and choose a plain coloured splashback.  Most splashback manufacturers work off RAL colour charts so the choice of colour is endless.  The two glass splashbacks above are in blue and green shades and are from Mirror and Glassworx in Limerick.  You can see from the photographs that the plain colours are much more subtle, especially if you plan on using glass on a full wall as opposed to just behind your hob or cooker.

The beauty of using glass for your splashback is the endless designs and colours available.  If you are looking to give your existing or new kitchen a real lift and add a splash of colour, the you should seriously consider using glass.

Compact Appliances for 2050 – Electrolux Design Lab

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Swedish appliance giant Electrolux presents four of its ‘appliances of the future’ in the House of the Future, sponsored by Virgin Media, at this year’s Grand Designs Live London (30th April till 8th May 2011, ExCeL, Docklands).

About Electrolux Design Lab: the 2010 competition focused on creative solutions for compact living. The 2010 brief asked industrial design students to consider how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes in the homes of 2050, when 74%* of the global population are predicted to live in an urban environment. Eight finalist were picked from 1300 entries. Four of these eight finalists, including the winner ‘The Snail’ can be seen at Grand Designs Live London in the House of the Future sponsored by Virgin Media. Along with them, cleaning appliances such as vacuum cleaner will be a big help for future generations. See the full line up of the vacuums by Dyson and Miele at Blue Mountain Vacuum online store.

Electrolux’s The Snail, Peter Alwin, India – Micro Induction Heating (Winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010)

The Snail is a portable heating and cooking device based on magnetic induction processes. Such is the size and versatility of the Snail, it can be stuck directly on to a pot, a pan, a mug etc. to heat the contents. This reduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking whilst adding portability to the process. Powered by a high density sugar crystal battery, the Snail converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil.

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Inbuilt sensors detect the food type being heated so as to automatically adjust the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display with interface helps to monitor the process.

Electrolux Clean Closet, Michael Edenius, Sweden – All in One Laundry Concept

The Clean Closet is essentially just that – a closet that cleans clothing. Textiles are scanned for impurities and cleaned accordingly with molecular technology that removes dirt and odours. The concept replaces the laundry basket, the wash¬ing machine, and drying cabinet to save space and, as no water is used in the process, is kinder to the environment.

Electrolux Eco Cleaner, Ahi Andy Mohsen, Iran – Portable, Compact Dishwasher

The Eco Cleaner is a portable dishwasher and composter that uses ultrasonic waves to ionise food and turn it in to reusable waste. Ahi Andy Mohsen’s concept is designed for use within the increasing numbers of single households and specifically meeting dual predictions: that future food will be supplied in capsule form (thus reducing the required size of vessels to prepare and eat from); and that there will be reduced time for household chores. The Eco Cleaner is simultaneously green and space efficient.

Electrolux External Refrigerator, Nicolas Hubert, France – External Chilling

Two years in China provided the inspiration for Nicolas Hubert’s external refrigerator. Fixed directly on the outside wall of residential buildings, the concept is an elaboration on a way of life in northern China where food is kept on balconies in the winter to save space and energy. During cold seasons and at night, the low external temperatures are used to provide the right climate for items in the fridge. During warmer weather, the sun is used to transform light into energy through solar panels Nicolas reflects Electrolux design values: the shape and finish are kept pure and simple so as to ensure easy integration with the external urban environment, whilst a range of colours and ambient lighting further facilitate this.

Zanussi Washer Dryer Saves Time, Energy & Money

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Kitchen appliance brand Zanussi claim that their washer dryer model ZKN7147J can save you time, energy and money.  A bold claim, but with a  washer dryer packed with features it is easy to see how this model can back it up!

The  ZKN7147J Washer Dryer from Zanussi will wash and dry 6kg of laundry in one go giving you more time to spend doing something else instead. Just load it and switch it on. When you are ready to unload it, your clothes will be beautifully clean and fresh and ready to put away.

If you want to line dry your laundry – you can load an enormous 8kg! The ZKN7147J will also save you energy and money as it features Jetsystem which uses proportional amounts of water & energy based on the weight and the degree of soiling in the wash load.

Zanussi Washer Dryer

Features of this model are as follows:

 Fully automatic washer dryer

 Jetsystem uses proportional amount of water & energy based on wash load saving you money

 A energy rating for wash & dry

 8kg wash capacity & 6kg wash & dry

 Inverter motor for a powerful wash performance and the brushless technology means quieter operations

 1400rpm spin speed – the more water removed the quicker the drying time

 LCD Display including time display – keeping you informed about the wash & dry progress

 6kg wash to dry capacity

 Condenser dryer – no need to vent

 Auto dry option to enable you to choose the correct drying time

 Fully automatic washer dryer

 8 kg wash capacity / 6 kg wash to dry capacity

 Mini 30 Ideal for once worn clothes. 30 min wash

 Super quick wash option

 Extra rinse wash option

 Dimensions H850xW600xD600 mm

For more information on this washer dryer and other appliances from Zanussi, visit their website at http://www.zanussi.co.uk

New Zanussi Refrigeration: Extra Efficiency & More Capacity

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Kitchen appliance brand Zanussi have added some new refrigeration options to their range to offer more efficiency and increased capacity.  It is no secret that two important factors for homeowners when choosing a fridge or freezer are energy efficiency and capacity, so these options should prove quite popular.


Zanussi Fridge Freezers

Zanussi ZRA637CW01 refrigerator

The new Zanussi ZRA637CW01 refrigerator has all the room a large family or committed cook could need and is 20 per cent more efficient than the previous A energy rated appliance.

With a capacity of 365 litres and more storage space for fruit and vegetables, the fridge saves you money from your Consolidate Payday Loans and means you can shop less.  Other features of this easy to use fridge include a full width dairy compartment and automatic defrost, saving you time and making it easier to maintain.

This Fridge matches the Zanussi Freezer ZFU628W01 and includes features such as:

• Energy class A+ • Reversible door hinges • Gross capacity 365 litres • Net weight 60kg • Auto fridge defrost • 1750mm X 595mm X 620mm

Zanussi ZRB634FX Fridge Freezer

This frost free Zanussi fridge freezer not only looks good, but has more space inside within the standard size outside. The extra-large capacity freezer can store more, meaning you can shop less and save time.

CrispNoFrost:

A star feature is the CrispNoFrost Technology. This ensures that humidity levels are maintained in the fridge whilst the temperature is kept at a low stable temperature. This ensures that food is preserved properly, staying fresh for as long as possible.

Other key features include a maxi shopping drawer which allows you to store extra large items, like a Christmas turkey.

The fridge freezer automatically defrosts and the stainless steel look is fingerprint proof, making it easy to maintain.

The Zanussi ZRB634FX is sure to be a winner for many.  It’s features are as follows:

• Energy class A • Frost free • Low maintenance • Large capacity food storage space • Automatic defrost in fridge • Reversible door hinge • Gross fridge capacity 249 litres • Gross freezer capacity 91 litres

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For more information on these and other appliances from Zanussi, visit their website at http://www.zanussi.co.uk/

German Kitchen Showcase: Part 1: Nolte Kitchens

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

In the first part of our focus on German kitchens, we are taking a look at a kitchen manufacturer that has grown over the last 50 years to become a recognisable brand in Europe and around the world.

Nolte Kitchens have dealers all over the world, with a selection based here in Ireland.  Though they produce classic and country style kitchens, it is with their modern and contemporary kitchens where they have really made their mark. 

Lets take a look at a selection of kitchens from the Nolte range:

 

Nolte Chicago High Gloss Purple

 

The Nolte Chicago in high gloss purple, as shown above, is a lovely example of what Nolte are all about.  A contemporary design while mixing and matching colours is a key trend in current kitchen design and style.  This is something I love about Nolte.  They seem to effortlessly blend and match colours and wood textures to create inviting and elegant kitchens.  You will also notice the use of lift up wall cabinet doors and open illuminated shelves that break up what could be a monotonous run of wall cabinets.  The illuminated shelves also gives extra light in the kitchen.

 

Nolte High Gloss Magnolia

 

In the Nolte High Gloss Magnolia, you can again see the common theme of mixing and matching.  This time Nolte have match the bright hue of magnolia with a darker wood grain to create contrast.  The t-shaped island unit creates plenty of work space while still managing to fit a breakfast bar for 3 people.  The breakfast bar is a key feature of Nolte designs, emphasising the fact that the kitchen is now the social hub of the home.

 

Nolte-NOVA-BRILLANT-29W_49L_gr_07Nolte Nova Basic

Nolte Toscana in Pear WoodNolte High Wood Boston Cherry

 

Some of the photographs above show the wide choice available with Nolte Kitchens.  The Toscana in Pear Wood has a warm hue to it with the High Wood in Boston Cherry offering a darker and richer alternative.  Whether it is a contemporary or modern kitchen you want, or a classic or country style, Nolte might have an option to suit you.  You can be guaranteed that your new kitchen will have the efficiency and ease of use that is typical of German manufacturing.

To find out more about Nolte Kitchens and to find a dealer in your area visit the Nolte website at:

http://www.nolte-kuechen.de