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ATAG Launch New Gas Hobs With Digital Timers

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

Information Evening With The IKBA

May 13th, 2011

Irish Kitchen & Bedroom Association

The Irish Kitchen and Bedroom Association (IKBA), will be holding an open evening of information and inspiration for homeowners considering a new kitchen for their home.

The event will be held in the Hayfield Manor Hotel on College Road in Cork City on Thursday May 26th 2011 from 7 to 9pm.  The IKBA plan to have three presentations on the night to discuss different aspects of kitchen design, and this will be followed by a question and answer session to a panel of experts.

The cost of the event to homeowners is €20 on the night.  However, if you book a spot at the event before Wednesday the 18th of May attendance is free of charge.  It is advised that you pre-book your place at the event as it tends to fill up quite quickly, and of course you can save yourself €20.

So why not pop along to the Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork on the night and bring a copy of your architects plans to discuss your kitchen plans with the experts on the night.

To pre-book the event you can email the IKBA at info@ikba.ie

Gaggenau – Full Surface Induction Hob

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

Distressed Painted Kitchen In Vibrant Colour Mix

May 11th, 2011

I came across this kitchen on the website of Tierney Kitchens and decided I had to share it you all.

Although it is a kitchen from their showroom and not one they fitted in one of their clients homes, it still shows what can be done with a bit of imagination and flair.  Tierney Kitchens have been clever in the use of paint colours to turn this kitchen into a real eye catcher.
They are also in process of building a new house with multiple kitchens, the roof is almost finished by Roofco.

The kitchen itself is an inframe kitchen with the cabinet doors inset into the frame.  This bespoke style of kitchen gives off a quality hand made feel and lends itself perfectly to the old charm country look.

Distressed Painted Kitchen

Distressed Painted Kitchen

Distressed Painted Kitchen

In order to create a freestanding kitchen, Tierney’s have used chunky square legs on the base cabinets and omitted the plinths or kickboards.  The oak plate rack separating the glass cabinets is also a key focal point in the kitchen design and being slightly stepped back it creates a break in the face of the cabinets and cornice.

To finish off the country look, the kitchen is fitted with solid timber worktops and wooden door knobs.  The timber worktops are a lovely contrast to the paint colours used and compliment the kitchen perfectly.

For more information on this kitchen you can contact Tierney Kitchens in any of the following ways:

Stunning Ivory Painted Kitchen With Kashmir White Granite

April 29th, 2011

Kitchen: Ivory Painted With Kashmir White Granite by Tierney Kitchens, Dublin

When we ask homeowners what their ultimate kitchen for their home would be, we get a lot of them say that they dream of a painted kitchen.  I think many of them would agree that this ivory painted kitchen from Tierney Kitchens in Dublin would be exactly what they dream about.  Cool, crisp and elegant to boot, it definitely adds sophistication and character to this home.

Delphy Painted Ivory Tusk With Kashmire White Granite

Delphy Painted Ivory Tusk Kitchen

There are many beautiful features to this kitchen, from the overmantle surrounding the gas hob to the curved doors which soften the edges, each adding something unique to the design.  The island unit sits perfectly within the space allowed and incorporates a seating area for casual dining.  Another simple feature of the design are the two georgian frame glass wall cabinets each side of the overmantle, perfect for showing off some stylish glassware and brightening up the run of cabinets.

The real stand out feature of the kitchen however is the overmantle.  In this style of kitchen, an overmantle adds so much character while also creating a focal point in the room.  With it’s thick shelf, decorative corbels for support and the beautifully shaped corbel effect uprights, the overmantle encases the cooking area but also ensures there is ample work space where it is most needed.  The clock over the shelf also adds that finishing touch.

Delphy Painted Ivory Tusk Kitchen

To the end of the kitchen, a set of three tall units are used to house food storage and appliances.  Incorporated is a double eye level oven with a lift up door above it to hide away the microwave.  The freestanding stainless steel fridge adds a contemporary touch and also includes a wine rack above which is always a real hit with wine lovers.  Finally, a pull out larder unit creates the ideal storage space for non-perishable food items.

From a decorating point of view, the kitchen has been finished off with bright and neutral colours.  Notice the paint colour on the walls.  Even though the walls are only a few shades darker than the kitchen cabinets, it is the kitchen that stands out and not the walls.  The floor tiles are also a bright and neutral cream colour and beautifully reflect all the natural light flowing in to the kitchen.  The kitchen is then finished off with Kashmir White granite worktops and again these reflect the light really well.  Tierney Kitchens have also included granite upstands and a granite splashback which eliminated the need for any tiling of the walls behind the kitchen.

Summary of Key Features

  • Kitchen Cabinets Painted Ivory
  • Kashmir White Granite Worktops
  • Featured Overmantle
  • Island Unit With Curved Doors
  • Castellated Cornice
  • Georgian Frame Glass Cabinets
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Bowl and a Half Undermount Sink

For more information on Tierney Kitchens, you can:

- Visit their website at www.tierneykitchens.ie

- View their profile http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/category-1/Fitted-Kitchens-and-Bedrooms.aspx/listing-3198/Tierney-Kitchens

- Call them on 01 841 7233

- Email them at info@tierneykitchens.ie

Bosch Dishwashers with Active Water Generation

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

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.

 

blue glass backsplashgreen glass backsplash

 

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.

Results of our Poll on “Favourite Style of Kitchen”

April 13th, 2011

“Our Survey Says………..”

Modern Kitchens are your Favourite!!!!

Tavola Black Brown Ferrara by Kitchen Stori

We ran a quick and short survey on Kitchenindex.ie to determine our readers favourite style of kitchen.  We asked the question:  What is your favourite style of kitchen design? Our readers had to pick from four possible answers, and here are the results:

  • 33% said they preferred Modern Style Kitchens
  • 25% said they preferred Contemporary Style Kitchens
  • 24% said they preferred Traditional Style Kitchens
  • 18% said they preferred Classic Style Kitchens

If we take this survey as an indicator of homeowners preferences towards kitchen styles, it suggests that most people still prefer modern and contemporary kitchens.  Classic style kitchens came out bottom of the survey but I would imagine that not everyone is as familiar with classic style kitchens as they are with the rest of the options they had.

This little survey give an insight into homeowners preferences and hopefully you’ll all agree makes for interesting reading.

Kitchen Door Style Guide

April 11th, 2011

Kitchen Door Styles

Trying to decide on a door style for your kitchen can be confusing.  Your kitchen designer or supplier can mention styles that you may not be familiar with, and the names of these styles might mean nothing to you.

For that reason, we have put together an article explaining the most popular door styles to choose from.  There are of course variations to these styles, but these ones definitely are the most popular.

The doors styles we mention are Shaker Style, Raised Panel Doors, Decorative Inside Profile, Cathedral Arch Doors and Slab Doors.

You will find a photograph and brief description of each of the door styles so you can familiarise yourself with them and be sure that you understand what your designer is talking about when he or she mentions them in the future.

You can read the full article here: http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/tips-and-advice/kitchens/kitchen-door-styles.aspx

Compact Appliances for 2050 – Electrolux Design Lab

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, so all you will need is one of the Best water filter pitcher so you get your drinking water, since is all you need it for.

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.