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Tetrix is the latest modular kitchen system from Scavolini, and it’s a beauty. Designed by influential British-born Michael Young, it involves rectangular modules measuring 36×60 cm, combined on horizontal axes to unconventional layouts that guarantee complete customization. (The name is a play on Tetris, the famous tile-matching puzzle video game – all about “putting things together.”) The doors are created by applying sheets of glossy or matt tempered glass, in strong colours, flush fitted to the panel; the lack of handles adds to the sleek effect. And don’t fret: the glass is fingerprint-proof. A 100-per-cent made-in-Italy product.


Beverage Faucets is the latest line from luxury brand Brizo. These faucets can be used for filtered water or as a cold-water tap; they’re also compatible with reverse-osmosis filtration systems. Available in traditional or Euro styles.


From U.S. company Native Trails, which specializes in artisan-crafted fixtures from sustainable materials (including recycled copper, reclaimed wood and bamboo), comes Cabana, an apron front sink ideal for a bar or prep area. Made of hand-hammered copper, it’s available in the finish of brushed nickel (shown) or the patina of antique copper.


The Atlantis Pro Series kitchen sink, from design and distribution company Artika, is hand-crafted of stainless steel. Featuring clean lines and 90-degree corners, it offers the flexibility of above- or below-counter installation.


Jenn-Air Home Appliances has expanded its wall-oven collection, offering single and double versions in a variety of sizes and finishes. Each high-performance oven comes equipped with a Culinary Centre: the first 7-inch (17.8-cm), full-colour, touch LCD display, the largest screen in the industry. With a touch on the glass screen, the interactive, menu-driven centre comes to life, helping the cook achieve perfect results by considering a range of details (type of food, desired doneness, type of pan to use); colour images show various levels of doneness for a variety of meats. Shown is a 30-inch double wall oven in black Floating Glass.


Thermador, the luxury appliance brand that pioneered the world’s first wall ovens and gas cooktops for the North American market, introduces the Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop. It’s the first full-service induction appliance with the flexibility of a natural-mapping user interface – which intelligently recognizes cookware size, shape and position to deliver “heat without boundaries.” a full-colour touchscreen display controls power setting and cooking time.


At Toronto’s IDS this past January, GE Café introduced its 30-inch Built-in Gas Cooktop to the country. Features abound: a unique three-in-one burner; a deep-recessed cooktop (a high lip around the perimeter and burners helps to contain spills and allow for easy cleanup; a large non-stick griddle and griddle function (the latter links two burners to ensure identical heat);  and LED backlit knobs of heavy chrome (providing a dramatic effect and subtle burner “on: indicators.


The GE Monogram 30-inch Refrigerator is the first HFC-free refrigerator in Canada. Its flush-mount design can be installed in inset cabinets, allowing it to vanish from sight. Flexibility is paramount: as well as featuring a traditional fresh food  compartment and freezer drawer with icemaker, it also includes a third drawer, which can easily convert to one of three options:  a refrigerator, freezer or wine reserve.


For Alessi, legendary German industrial designer Richard Sapper has created Tonga, an electric salt, pepper and spice mill. With its tapered shape and slightly inclined vertical axis, Tonga brings to mind the Milan-based designer’s famous Todo giant grater (also for Alessi) of 2007. Made of thermoplastic resin, available in black or white. 


New from KitchenAid is a 36-inch, 29-cubic-foot French Door refrigerator with something extra: a unique Preserva Food Care System. A trio of technologies work together to keep food fresh longer: the Sequential Dual Evaporator, eliminating odour transfer between refrigerator and freezer compartments, and keeping humidity at optimum levels; the FreshFlow Produce Preserver, absorbing ethylene gas created by produce in the crisper; and the FreshFlow Air Filter, reducing common food odours. 


Moen recently introduced MotionSense, a kitchen faucet that senses – how cool is this – what the user is trying to accomplish. Advanced sensors detect movement in two sensing zones, setting water flow in motion as if on command. The Wave Sensor at the top of the faucet starts and stops the water flow with a simple hand movement above the faucet. The Ready Sensor near the base of the faucet identifies when an object (like a cup or your hand) is placed beneath the spout; it runs water for as long as that item remains in range, then automatically shuts the flow off. The handle on the side of the faucet, as you’d expect, lets you adjust the temperature and flow of water.

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Fisher & Paykel recently unveiled the next generation of its famous space-saving, energy-efficient DishDrawer –  offering improved wash, energy and water performance. All models now include a wireless remote, eliminating the need for an external interface. The new 24-inch models feature more room inside, adding a place-setting accommodation from six to
seven per drawer, along with enhanced racking (including an adjustable bowl rack for large pasta dishes).


Also from Fisher & Paykel is the CoolDrawer, a multi-temperature refrigerator drawer that – at a touch of a button – can freeze, chill, or become a pantry or wine bar. Integrating seamlessly  into standard cabinetry, it provides 3.1 cubic feet of space.