One way for appliance manufacturers to market their products to designers and consumers is by sponsoring kitchen design contests. Wolf does it and and so does Miele, which just announced this year’s winner – a hyper-sleek minimalist galley kitchen in a Deco District high rise. Minimalist kitchens vary in terms of their adherence to flatness, simplicity and the way various surfaces are used. Often that creates tension between what shows and what’s hidden. In this kitchen, by Esteban Cruces and Lisette Aragon, less definitely is deemed to be more. Even the proverbial kitchen table is barely there because you must look very closely to see it. Built completely of glass, it’s an extension of the Calacatta marble-clad island. Everything else is concealed behind floor to ceiling pantry wall cabinets including most of the essential appliances.
Miele’s major appliances are favored by modern architects because they can be installed flush or concealed behind panels. The white cabinet wall holds a refrigerator, 18-inch freezer, two ovens and wine storage refrigerator. It’s difficult to tell whether floors are marble or porcelain tile but the large format and polish helps create an aura of spaciousness in what’s basically a galley set up.
Miele’s induction cooktop sits very close by the large double sink. However, the two most prominent fixtures visible are the pull-down sink faucet and the boxy ceiling-mounted vent hood which also provides task lighting for the cooking zone. That’s because one sticks up and the other hangs down.
A panel folds out of the way when one of the ovens is needed. I love the pull out below the oven for easy access to pots and pans and the open shelving above. It would be great to have more views of what’s behind the various panels. And does the exotic wood also conceal storage or is it just paneling? I also found myself wondering where they keep the toaster. But the emphasis in these views is on how big appliances are used. That’s great. But this stunning kitchen is also stuffed full of storage ideas and it leaves me wanting to see más.
Another appliance award winner is the Cappuccino Kitchen
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