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For the first time ever, Hansgrohe has introduced a full complement of kitchen faucets. The Talis S kitchen collection is characterized by basic curves and simple, stick-like handles. The line includes prep kitchen, potfiller (shown) and bar faucet options. All are available in chrome or Steel Optik, a brushed metal finish.
2–Porter & Charles
A fairly recent addition to the North American market, Porter and Charles introduced new products at the 2009 Green Living Show in Toronto. The FEC 76 Stainless Steel Flat Top Electric Range is ENERGY STAR–rated and boasts a 105-litre oven capacity with a five-burner Ceran cooking service, with four hi-light elements. The triple-glazed glass doors stay super cool and a warming oven is also featured.
German refrigerator manufacturer Liebherr is now offering a 24-inch-wide Freestanding Refrigerator and Freezer with IceMaker. Keeping in mind that not everyone needs a giant double-door fridge, this slimmer model is perfect for smaller families or condo kitchens where space is limited. This ENERGY STAR–rated product features new SwingLine doors that increase energy efficiency and make opening effortless.
Among the new introductions at this year’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show was Kohler’s Iron/Occasions integrated top and bowl island. The 39-by-63-inch unit offers both a work surface and a trough sink, which is centred, running the full length, and is designed for flexible faucet options. The worktop is composed entirely of cast iron, can be installed on a sleek stainless steel base or with standard island cabinetry, and is available in a range of colours.
Thermador’s Star Burner has recently been updated. The new model offers an elevated Quick Clean base and increased fuel output for a maximum power of 18k BTU. The ExtraLow burners, however, can take it down to 375 BTUs, for a delicate simmer. Beginning this summer, all Pro Harmony Ranges and Professional Series cooktops will offer the new burners.
The Steam Valve Original is the newest faucet line from Jaclo. The industrial looking stainless steel faucets are designed with advanced technology and a patented pull-off spray that allows the spray feature to be added to bridge mixer, or even combine the spray with a wall-mounted mixer. Deck-mounted, single-hole and three-hole versions are available with a range of spout options and four handle designs. Potfillers are also included in the collection. www.jaclo.com
New from Brizo, Belo is a pull-down faucet with a sculptural look, named for the Portuguese word for “beautiful.” Incorporating a four-function pullout wand, it also offers Brizo’s MagneDock technology, which uses magnetic force to ensure the wand is locked securely in place after each use. Belo also features patent-pending Diamond Seal Technology, which means water is never in contact with potential metal contaminants, like brass, copper or lead. www.brizo.com
The new Arch faucets from American Standard are designed to provide the flexibility for all the tasks we perform at the kitchen sink. Four models offer unique performance and installation advantages, and the spray (in pull-out or deck-mounted options) features a toggle button underneath the spout that allows easy switching between spray and stream. Elegantly curved, Arch is named for its inspiration, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen. www.americanstandard.ca
Dornbracht’s iconic Tara faucets, introduced over 15 years ago, were recently refined by the company, and a selection of new kitchen models has been introduced. Wall-mounted, three-hole and a 260-mm pillar version of Tara are now available. Technical aspects have also been improved upon, with new aerators cutting down on noise and reducing water flow. In polished chrome or platinum matte. www.dornbracht.com
A new collection of kitchen sinks designed by Philippe Starck was recently launched by Duravit. Stark K’s simple forms are characterized by right angles forming simple, rectangular shapes in generous sizes. Designed with an intricate draining system, the sink is available in three sizes, with the draining surface to the left or the right, or, as with the smallest size, not incorporated. www.duravit.com