Rideable Vacuum Cleaner

The idea behind this conceptual design is that children will want to help parents clean the house.  It makes me think of when I was young and my sisters and I would put on thick socks and “skate” on the hardwood floors to help my mother wax them to a high polish.  We had so much fun she could only make us stop by putting the rugs back down.  I can’t wait to see this in stores.

Designer: Kristina Andersson
Source: Yanko Design

 

snailbuster

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Round Mosaic Tiles

If you are interested in tiling a backsplash or your bathroom, consider this new twist on mosaic tiles.  Round tiles in varied sizes offer modern sophistication.

Erin Adams  Pratt and Larsen

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Gaggenau Lift Oven

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Other appliances might feel vertically challenged once Gaggenau introduces the BL 253 Lift Oven this fall.  It is similar to the Siemens Liftmatic Oven introduced in the UK last year.

The Lift Oven’s glass ceramic base lowers directly from the oven to the countertop, where food dishes can be easily loaded and then raised into the cooking cavity. Since heat rises, the heat remains in the oven cavity, resulting in minimal energy loss during the lift operation.

Safety is increased since the need to reach over an oven door to remove food has been eliminated.  I’m sure this oven will join the other ADA approved models in Gaggenau’s line up.

If there is a power outage and food is still inside, the oven door can be opened manually.  Gaggenau cautions to wait until the oven is cool to avoid risk if burning oneself.

I want that cooktop

Amazing Cooktop Design | KitchAnn Style
Luna Cooktop Fisher & Paykel debuted their Luna Project last year at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago.

The Luna  cooktop features burners that serve as the cooking grate and retract when not in use via a patented lifting mechanism leaving a smooth surface.

The Luna has three burners with spark-less ignition and instantaneous flame delivered by the patented Aero burners offering precise linear flame control and glow ignition to ensure the desired heat level is achieved. The 36″ x 16″ cooktop boasts a minimalist style.  Fisher & Paykel  states the cooktop has ergonomic benefits too since the single row of burners eliminates the need to reach over a burner in the front to get to the back burner.  Their own consumer research reveuals that 2.1 burners are used at any one time. The Lunda was designed to be a global cooktop and as such will be released first in Australia, Asia and Europe, followed by the U.S. when the power requirements are reconfigured.  I have not seen a final release date but I am hopeful it will be soon.

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