Behind the Scenes

By Christine Aebischer

The kitchen is more than simply a place to grab a bite; it’s the heart of the home and the perfect place for entertaining on both small and grand scales. As such, it needs to be both functional as well as beautiful. These top-of-the-line appliances from some of the most prestigious names in kitchenware boast the highest quality, cutting-edge technology and seamless integration, allowing for chef-quality creations without compromising the room’s flow.

Gaggenau AF 210 Visor Hood

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There when you need it, out of the way when you don’t, Gaggenau’s AF 210 Visor Hood is specially designed for discreet integration into wall cabinets. It can be seamlessly integrated into the architecture of any kitchen design, and features pure design elements, such as brushed stainless steel and glass. A dimmable LED light sheds a bright white light on the cooktop below. The patented lowering frame allows the hood to be completely concealed behind the wall cabinet when not in use. Available in 24-inch and 36-inch widths, the hoods are also equipped with a powerful blower and are suitable for air recirculation and air extraction. Prices range from $1,599 for the 24-inch unit to $1,999 for the 36-inch unit.

Dacor Discovery Refrigerator

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Prolong the life of your produce with Dacor’s Discovery Refrigerator, which features a dual-compressor and dual-evaporator cooling system in addition to a distinctive BeadBlast™ finish on all stainless crisper bins and trims, which is impenetrable by bacteria and odors. This top-of-the-line food preservation technology is available in Dacor’s 36-inch and 42-inch, side-by-side units. For seamless, built-in installation, they also feature FlushFit™, a patented hinge system that ensures balanced movement, stability, and a flush installation of custom panels with nearly zero clearance of the adjacent cabinets needed. Prices range from $7,799 for the 36-inch unit to $9,499 for the 42-inch unit.

Viking Incogneeto™ Induction Warmer

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Entertaining is made easy with Viking’s Incogneeto™ Induction Warmer, an instant warming station that holds food accurately within ±2°F of the selected temperature. The system is mounted underneath a stone or engineered stone countertop, and a removable trivet is then placed on top to keep foods at the desired temperature. The induction warmer is invisible when not in use, and only the trivet and dish are available when serving. The trivet-like device, known as the Magneeto™ 2, acts as a temperature sensor and wireless communicator, and it protects the top surface of the stone from direct contact with a hot dish. Priced at $3,529.