Spanish designer Jorge Pensi melds the seemingly contradictory concepts of display and disguise in the Plusmodo counter system for Poggenpohl. Underneath solid, six-inch countertops, glass pull-out trays showcase dishes and deep drawers eliminate the need for hinged doors. Sliding doors on the overhead cabinets allow you to display what you desire—and hide what you don’t. Choose from elm-fronted cabinets, or white, blue or gray lacquer, and laminate or glass countertops. Visit www.poggenpohl-usa.com.
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For a deep, functional sink to suit the clean lines of a modern kitchen, look no farther than the stainless-steel farmhouse sink from Artisan. It is resistant to stains and corrosion, with a fully coated and padded underside to minimize noise and maintain water temperature. Call (212) 967-2100.
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The “Urban Inspirations” Contempo Series of sinks from Houzer includes five models, all handcrafted of 18-gauge premium stainless steel. Designs range from a prep sink or gourmet single sink to a 50:50 or 70:30 double sink. Call (800) 880-3639, or visit www.HouzerSink.com.
Whether you are watering a potted plant or simply filling a large pasta pot, faucets with extra reach are definitely in, and Danze has added new designs to its selection. The Parma pull-out faucet boasts minimalist European styling, and is available in chrome or stainless steel. Call (877) 530-3344, or visit www.danze.com.
Colorful and graceful, the Iron/Tones cast-iron sinks by Kohler offer organic shapes in trough sinks and divided options. The six sink designs come in warm, inviting colors, and the soft contours are a fresh departure from more geometric designs—plus add ease to cleaning as there are no sharp corners to trap dirt. Visit www.kohler.com.
For controlled, professional cooking at home, Thermador now offers a line of state-of-the-art induction cooktops. Utilizing electromagnetic technology, induction cooking focuses heat directly into the pan, leaving the surrounding surface cooler to the touch than standard stovetops. Easy-to-use touch controls feature a wide range of settings and power levels. Call (800) 656-9226, or visit www.thermador.com.
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The Vario 400 Series from Gaggenau features a series of professional quality built-in units. Mix and match from a variety of large, stainless-steel appliances, including an indoor barbeque grill, an electric deep fryer, an in-counter steamer, a gas wok burner or an induction cooktop. Simple, twist-function knobs offer quick ignition. Call (800) 828-9165, or visit www.gaggenau-usa.com.
Induction cooking tends to be faster, safer, cleaner and more economical than traditional cooking methods, so it’s no wonder that induction cooktops are growing in both popularity and availability. The 30- and 36-inch induction cooktops from Wind Crest offer 11 temperature settings and a special feature that automatically adapts power to the pan size. Visit www.windcrestcnp.com
For a sleek, modern kitchen, try the Slatted Extractor Hood from bulthaup. Its clean, triangular form angles up, away from the wall, to allow for more head room over the cooking area. When not in use, the hood’s aluminum slats fold flat against the base, leaving a simple, sculptural form. Call (800) 808-2923, or visit the Web site www.bulthaup.com
From the Smokey Mountains to the Grand Canyon, the rich colors and dimensions of nature’s looming beauties inspired Silestone by Cosentino’s Mountain Series. Black, browns, golds and grays mix in this non-porous natural quartz surface to offer the depth and richness of natural stone—without the maintenance. Call (800) 291-1311, or visit www.silestoneusa.com.
When working with a custom tile or woodwork design around your stove, why should it stop when you get to the hood? GE Monogram Custom Hood Inserts fit into your own hood designs. Available in three sizes, the hoods feature a control panel that can be remote-mounted on a nearby wall or countertop. Visit www.ge.com.
For a graceful, modern kitchen without the designer prices, Quality Cabinets has introduced Axiom, a line of sophisticated and clean cabinet designs in an elegant maple veneer available with a wide range of decorative hardware choices. Visit www.qualitycabinets.com.
Merillat cabinets also joins the ranks of companies producing clean, contemporary options with the introduction of Fusion. Part of its Classic collection and available in either maple or cherry, Fusion has full-overlay, slab-style door fronts perfect for a modern kitchen. Visit www.merillat.com.
The Transitions cabinetry line from Wm Ohs breaks the company from its previous mold of Old World styles. All hand-crafted and hand-finished in the U.S., the cabinets are defined by elegant details and contemporary elements in three new designs: Asian, which is serene and simple (shown); American, featuring wider cabinet doors, bold proportions and stainless-steel accents; and European, mixing warm wood doors with minimalist styling. Visit www.wmohs.com.
The Siemens hiDefinintion dishwasher has more specialty cycles and convenient features than ever before, from an Auto Wash feature that allows you to vary cycle time, water and energy usage and temperature, to the xPress feature, which reduces the wash time if you prefer to pre-rinse before loading. An optional Sanitizer setting can be used on any of the main wash cycles. Visit www.siemens.com.
La Perla by Miele
The La Perla model of Miele’s G 2000 Series dishwashers features the Navitronic control system, allowing you to navigate through an expansive touch-screen menu of wash options. Miele’s signature third-level cutlery tray is split into two individual sections in the G 2000 series, allowing even greater flexibility of use. Visit www.miele.com.
More than just another countertop, this innovative kitchen island from Italian company Sheer combines a fully functional workspace with a spectacular light source. When the island is not in use, the top part of the globe glides down to create a sculptural lamp that fills the kitchen with a soft, intimate glow. Available locally through Sogol Décor. Phone (301) 656-6006, or visit www.sheer.it.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association Web site provides useful information on kitchen and bath products, designs and trends. It also helps homeowners locate professionals among its 25,000-plus membership. The association sponsors the annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference, the largest international event in its industry. The next Confer- ence takes place in Las Vegas from May 8 through 10. Phone (877) 652-2776 or visit www.nkba.org. For more information on the Conference, visit www.kbis.com.