FirstBuild Thingiverse Icebox Challenge

FirstBuild Makerbot Thingerverse | KitchAnn Style

GE Firstbuild, a partnership between of Louisville-based GE Appliances (NYSE: GE) and Local Motors, is collaborating with 3-D printing company MakerBot, part of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), on the challenge. It’s aimed at developing innovations and products that can be placed inside of the refrigerator.

FirstBuild engineers already have designed test prints that include a 3-D printed pizza box holder and a motorized 3-D printed wine chiller.

“We see the FirstBuild Thingiverse Icebox Challenge as a way to empower our customers to design accessories for their home appliances that fit their own lifestyle best,” Natarajan “Venkat” Venkatakrishnan, director of GE FirstBuild, said in the release. “To be able to open up our innovation process to the public and have them tell us what accessories they would like in their refrigerators is pretty exciting.”

1st Place – IceBoxChallenge

First place winner will choose between a MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer or a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, and his or her creation featured on Thingiverse and displayed in MakerBot Retail Stores

2nd Place – IceBoxChallenge

Second place winner will receive a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, and his or her creation will be featured on Thingiverse and displayed in the MakerBot Retail Stores

3rd Place – IceBoxChallenge

Third place will receive three spools of MakerBot Filament, a Thingiverse T-shirt, a FirstBuild T-shirt, and his or her creation will be featured on Thingiverse and displayed in MakerBot Retail Stores

Thingiverse Makerbot

If you’ve always thought your refrigerator needed an accessory that isn’t currently offered in the marketplace, this is contest is perfect for you.

To qualify, designs must be uploaded to between November 3 and November 23, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Entrants are also encouraged to upload their entries to using the tag #IceBoxChallenge for a chance to be featured on the Thingiverse site.

3D print testing, online community voting and judging will occur from November 27 to December 2, with the winner announced December 15. –

Good Luck!


Miele Knock2Open Dishwasher

Miele G 6000 Dishwasher LEDs |KitchAnn Style
I’ve written about the Miele Generation 6000 appliance range previously discussing their innovative technology in kitchen appliances. Now I am thrilled to introduce their impressive G6995 SCVi XXL K20 Fully Integrated Dishwasher.

This exceptional, fully integrated  dishwasher incorporates the new Knock2Open door-opening feature. Now your dishwasher can be fully integrated into a handleless kitchen.

Simply knocking on the panel twice opens the dishwasher.


Another new feature, Time Control, is also available. Time Control uses a row of LED lights on the control panel to show you how long the cycle has left. Even if your panel is fairly tight to your countertop you should still be able to judge the remaining time left in your cycle.

Miele G 6000 Dishwasher LEDs |KitchAnn Style

Other features include ComfortClose, for streamlined closing of the door; Reidel-endorsed Perfect GlassCare, for ensuring glassware is cleaned gently; and ThermoSave, to cut electricity consumption by 40%.

Currently the G6995 SCVi XXL K20 is only available in Europe. No word on when it will be available in the US. I’m sure it will be on display at KBIS 2015.

Sculptural Stair Inspiration

Sculptural Stair Inspiration |KitchAnn Style
It’s been a hectic week for all I’m sure and since it’s my Birthday I’m going to present a simple post that I hope you find inspiring. These beautiful sculptural stairs by Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop join two levels of a Mumbai apartment. Sculptural Stair Inspiration |KitchAnn Style Treads of engineered walnut form the bottom portion of the staircase and ascend up as a continuous elements to create the upper steps. The wood is formed around a metal structure that is anchored to the walls on both sides. Vertical steel cables that help support the upper portion of the structure also form a balustrade. Sculptural Stair Inspiration |KitchAnn Style

Specifically in the SDM apartment, after a talk with each member of the family, we got a well defined program based on the customs of each user and each space, the staircase located at the center of the apartment. It was designed as a sculpture in the space with more light and natural ventilation; with very subtle lines but protagonist of the space, it can be seen almost from anywhere in the public areas, it becomes the articulator of spaces and is replicated in other architectural elements such as blinds and ceiling; every space, every detail meets a special character of the users, every color, every picture, every kitchen utensil, every linen was specifically chosen to complete this project and to make it unique.

The workshop used models and renderings to mock up the large sculptural piece for the client. Sculptural Stair Inspiration |KitchAnn Style

About Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop:

Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop is formed by young architects, graduates of different universities in Mexico, EEUU and Spain, founded in 1996. Their professional practice has led them to realization of projects of public and private character in different Geographic latitudes and parallels.