It was all action in the Technology of the Kitchen halls at EuroCucina 2014, with leading appliances brands staging bigger-than-ever stands, showcasing the very latest in technology and integration in kitchen appliances. Alice Blackwood reports.
Top image: Gaggenau
Integration and intuitive technology led the charge at the EuroCucina appliances halls this year. Rangehoods, cooktops, ovens, espresso machines and even wine fridges all received a new-think approach, with the world’s leading appliances brands offering customers an invigorated vision for the future.
Gaggenau aimed to inspire with its leading-edge ovens, particularly in the 200 and 400 series, which have a combination of two knobs and simple touch-pad options.
The company also brought an element of the traditional back into its super-technologised appliances and kitchen solutions, with ovens that bake bread to perfection (when combined with the right ingredients, of course!), and the Vario cooling 400 series for storing wine in conditions akin to a wine cellar. Also of note, the new Vario dishwasher DF 460/461, ideal for handleless furniture fronts thanks to its push to open function.
Gaggenau Hong Kong
Meanwhile Neff took integration and intuitive use to new levels with flush-installed FreeInduction cooktops that allow you to place your saucepans anywhere on the cooktop to receive individually controlled heat.
Neff’s AirDeluxe 100 – 300 exhaust hood model were also a stand-out, the architectural styling and expert functionality of each – whether wall mounted or benchtop integrated – attracting particular attention.
Neff is available in Hong Kong from BSH
Moving into a completely new category, Smeg presented a particularly lush range of kitchen appliances, encompassing toasters, kettles, stand mixers and blenders, which will be sure to steal hearts. 50s Retro in style, the Smeg appliances come in a range of eye-popping Smeg colours.
Smeg Hong Kong
Among Miele’s many attractions was its space-saving under-counter wine fridges with space for up to 34 bottles; fourth generation built-in coffee machines with CupSensor which automatically adjusts the height of the spout unit to the cup or glass; and flush-installed induction cooktops with integrated wok trough.
Miele Hong Kong
Busier than ever, the Electrolux showcase intrigued and engaged with its on-stand chefs and fresh food ingredients. From outside to in, Electrolux also presented its refrigerator range featuring exclusive TwinTech® cooling, inspired by the technology found in professional restaurant kitchens. As the chosen supplier to almost 50% of Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, Electrolux really drove home its ability to provide refrigerators that keep ingredients fresh for at least an extra six days.
Electrolux Hong Kong
With it’s largest ever release of new product, Sub-Zero Wolf brought all the raw power and robust form the brand is renowned for. Particular highlights of the New Generation collection were the integrated refrigeration line, which merges seamlessly into any kitchen design. Touchscreen control on the new oven series have also been refined, and by combining food sensors with intelligent presets the ovens are able to deliver consistent and precise results.
Sub-Zero Wolf is available in Hong Kong from Madison