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Mar 28 2012

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Architectural Digest Home Design Show: Part 1 (because I don’t want to overwhelm you with bad photography)

So you saw the photos I took of the DIFFA Dining by Design exhibit, which, again, was pretty spectacular. Following are some images of products on display at this year’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show. One of the first stops I made was to check out Capital Cooking’s new Connoisseurian dual-fuel range, which incorporates a gas cooktop with sealed or open burners, a motorized rotisserie system and the company’s MoistRoast cooking feature. As you may have already guessed by its name, the latter prevents food from drying out in the oven by adding moisture—not steam—during the cooking process. The unit comes in 30-in., 36-in., 48-in. and 60-in. sizes and 10 standard colors. Showing it in this vibrant red was a smart move, no?

I missed last year’s show, so I didn’t get to see Best by Broan’s display of its Sorpresa Collection, which I was told was quite stunning. This year, I wanted to make sure I stopped by to see its latest. The Sorpresa Generation II Collection several new striking designs, including Sphera, which I find amusing only because I’ve seen this shape as a light fixture and a showerhead.

Offered in black or white, it measures 19 7/8 in. in diameter, offers four speeds and, in case you haven’t already surmised, is an air recirculator. Modulare is not part of the new Sorpresa II line, but I thought it looked quite attractive with that contrast in finishes.

Ever since I attended an Aga cooking demonstration, I’ve been fascinated by Aga ranges and the way food is prepared on them. A detail that did leave me scratching my head a little was its energy usage, as it stays on, whether in use or not.

Its newest model may help to allay that concern. The AGA Total Control has been equipped with touch-screen controls that allow you to turn the cooker on and off as needed and program it in a variety of ways, including automatic on once or twice a day and quick oven preheating. Because the roasting, simmering and baking ovens each have a dedicated heat source, they can be individually controlled, providing greater cooking flexibility; the same is true of the hotplates. There’s also a remote.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really stop to talk to anyone at the DOM booth (I was late for another appointment), which showed Valcucine’s Logica System, but I did snap these photos of its oh-so-cool features, such as these spice shelves that swivel out for easier reach and back when no longer needed. The wall cabinet is equipped with upper doors, as well as lower doors that slide upward (shown in the lower right-hand corner of the image) to keep everything out of sight,

including a faucet, which again swivels out when you need it, and plenty of storage. I also want to call your attention to the LED-illuminated disks—do you see them?

Yeah, those are sliding outlets. Cool, no?

For a better look at the kitchen, here’s a video I found on the Valcucine website.

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  1.  Frank Designs |

    movable outlets!! where have these been all my life? some of these things are pretty cool