By Wares May 24, 2019 Major appliances

A round-up of some of the latest local and international major appliances category news.


Fisher & Paykel has a long history of making a splash outside its native territory.

This January, Fisher & Paykel was out in force at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, debuting several new product developments and a collection of premium kitchen appliances to tens of thousands of international design trade visitors (photo above).

The industry event also unveiled the latest trends in kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and highlighted new technologies and design innovations shaping the future of home appliances.

High level customisation, natural material finishes such as warm metallics and the removal of additional detail on appliances were consistent themes showcased across the three days.

“Latest kitchen trends are showing integration as becoming a bigger part of new kitchen design, which is filtering down to how we design appliances,” says Fisher & Paykel’s Chief Designer, Adam Moody, who attended the show.

“Just as with many other categories, complete personalisation is also a growing trend – we personalise and adapt other products in our life to suit our needs, and the home appliance industry is no different. We expect to see this area grow in importance in the future.”

Through the brand’s 325m2 stand, Fisher & Paykel demonstrated its very Kiwi human-centric design philosophy, involving 90 products, including 21 new products and prototypes which were on display to the trade visitors for early feedback and specification.

“We believe collaboration is at the heart of great kitchen design,” says Mark Elmore, New Zealand General Manager of Design at Fisher & Paykel.

“That’s why we created a seamless experience in which customers and designers alike could interact with our appliances in an immersive environment.”

“The KBIS show was a chance for international visitors to experience first-hand our respect for food and obsession with product details,” he says.

“It was a great opportunity for visitors to hear from Fisher & Paykel’s product developers about how our land and culture influence design simplicity, performance and quality.”

KBIS 2020 runs over 21-23 January 2020, as usual at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.


Do induction cooktops have to be oblong shaped?

Turin-based product design studio Adriano Design and OEM appliance manufacturer Fabita don’t think so, judging by a concept we found called Ordine.

Two round induction burners hang on the wall until required, either side of a central control unit.

When you want to cook, just unhook one (or both) and place it on the benchtop wherever you want.

Movable hotspots aren’t new but this cool-as design, its convenience factor (especially for a smaller space) and the quality of execution make a real splash.

Check out other examples of Adriano Design’s outside-the-square appliance thinking on their website.


A new customisable premium range specifically created for the design-conscious consumer, these new customisable, modular vertical fridges (610mm and 762mm) and freezers (457mm, 610mm, 762mm) have been designed to be mixed and matched with different sizes, finishes and installation, either side by side or individually throughout the kitchen spaces.

For complete customisation, customers can supply their own custom door panel or use Fisher & Paykel’s optional stainless steel door panels and choose from a choice of four handles.

The stainless steel units fit flush with cabinetry with minimal 3mm gaps with no visible hinges or grilles, while a toekick allows for variable height and depth.

For paired installation, built-in heating prevents condensation. A joiner kit is included with all freezer columns and can be purchased as an accessory, making it simple to hide the gap between the Columns.

An LED-lit, stainless steel interior adds to the premium design and quality finish with soft-close, full extension metal bin runners, and robust cantilevered glass shelves with metal trim.

The new range also features Fisher & Paykel’s Variable Temperature Zone system and ActiveSmart Foodcare technology, enabling the fridge to intelligently adapt to daily use and reducing energy consumption.

Fridge and freezer each have three temperature modes, controlled from a central panel to suit how the user shops, cooks and entertains. The food modes can be adjusted within two zones in the same column. 

Fisher & Paykel’s Integrated Columns are available exclusively at select Harvey Norman locations.


Exclusively available at Kitchen Things showrooms nationwide from May, Italian architect Guido Canali and Smeg have created Dolce Stil Novo (meaning “Sweet New Style”), a range of appliances featuring minimalist styling in black Eclipse glass with copper or stainless steel detailing.

The key appliances include the Thermoseal Plus Oven with Steam Assist, a pyrolytic oven offering three levels of steam injection so meat and fish remain succulent, pastry is crisp and bread is cooked with a golden crust – all achieved with faster cooking times.

Next we have the Blast Chiller, which will not only quickly chill cooked food but also freeze and defrost, cook at low temperatures, prove dough for pizza, flawlessly temper chocolate and prepare incredibly fresh sorbets and ice cream.

The Dolce Stil Novo Vacuum Drawer is a versatile appliance, its airtight seal providing an effortless way to store and preserve food for longer, or to tenderise and marinate prior to sous-vide cooking.

Dolce Stil Novo’s Blade Flame Gas Cooktops feature exclusive world-first Blade Flame technology for high efficiency with low energy consumption. With unique personalisation options, these gas burners deliver a continuous ring of vertical flame to guarantee maximum heat transfer to the pot, reduce heat dispersion and increase efficiency by 20% compared to standard gas burners.


Big on style, features and space, L4 Grande French door inverter fridge-freezers are now available in a sleek, easy-to-clean glass flat panel finish, in silver or black.

Designed for larger living and available in both 650L and 710L capacities, the L4 Grande has an internal width of 800mm, providing room for even the bulkiest groceries and dedicated internal compartments for next level storage.

The French door design not only looks smart, but also saves on energy costs as less air is let out when a single door is opened.

And, at just 21dBA – they’re also very quiet, says the manufacturer.

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