NEW YORK – It’s been a long time since shoppers have been
greeted on majap retail floors by a “sea of white.”
The advent of stainless-steel finishes, chunky, pro-style ovens,
and a full palette of color options in laundry have since made majaps
less utilitarian and more of a fashion statement.
The trend continues this spring with the release of a new spate
of fashion-forward kitchen products, created to complement what
many acknowledge as the heart of the home.
Among the contenders: GE Monogram’s 30-inch-wide counterdepth
refrigerators, which offer features like a “convertible” refrigerator/
freezer drawer that can be set for fresh foods, frozen foods or
wine storage, and new options like an integrated wine reserve and
the company’s first glass door front.
“Consumers shouldn’t have to sacrifice gourmet features just because
they don’t have the space for larger appliances,” said Monogram
general manager Brian McWaters. “No matter where they’re
used, they’ll be met with features that add an ultra-chic appeal.”
Eleven-year-old Capital Cooking, which just launched its topof-
the-line Connoisseurian series of dual fuel ranges, is also adding
some color to its Precision ranges and Maestro wall ovens. A
10-color palette, limited previously to the company’s Culinarian
ranges, is now being shared among stable mates. Colors include
black, Cobalt Blue, Signal Blue, Flame Red, Wine Red, Ruby Red,
white, Oyster White, Pale Green and yellow.
“Stainless steel is a timeless finish on any appliance, but we wanted
to give our customers choice for their own unique environment,”
said Capital president and chairman Surjit Kalsi, who previously designed
high-performance cooking products for companies including
Viking, Thermador, GE, Jenn-Air and DCS.
Majaps’ fashion focus was also evident in Essen, Germany, last
month, where Electrolux received 11 Red Dot design awards at the
recent Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, one of the world’s
largest and most prestigious industrial design competitions. The winning products, which vied with more than 4,500
submissions in 19 categories, included the company’s Cyli hanging lamp-style range hoods and its Infinite induction
cooktops. The latter, said Electrolux, was inspired by “the distinctive, pure shapes of ancient dishes from Asia but incorporates
a more Scandinavian feel in its sleek shape and glass.”