Designer    Focus 18 Jan 2018

Our ‘Fabulous Four’ from KBIS 2018, including products from Kallista, Dacor, LG, and Gaggenau

Now the excitement is over, the kb-eye team have selected our four favourite products from KBIS 2018. Clockwise from the top left, starting with Grid. 

Featuring sleek lines and a minimalist design, KALLISTA’s Grid faucet is a testament to the De Stijl movement and its shift from excess decoration to applying the principles of abstraction to create works of art. The collection harnesses the visual impact negative space can command, by stripping away the confines of traditional design and exposing the intrinsic beauty of simplicity.

Bill McKeone, Design Studio Manager of KALLISTA, explained that “by choosing to produce this faucet via 3D printing, we opened ourselves to limitless design possibilities. 3D Systems’ breadth of materials and technologies allowed us the freedom to create a unique, functional faucet which would not have been possible with a traditional manufacturing process.”

“This is just one example of the value 3D printing brings to a production environment,” said David Cullen, director of applications engineering, 3D Systems. “Through the combination of materials, print technology, software and services, KALLISTA was able to bring their visionary design to market.”

Project Blanc
White interiors are pretty standard for refrigerators, but Dacor’s use of porcelain is revolutionary.

“Similar to metal, it has a very stable temperature uniformity, but it’s much higher than metal,” said Michael Magnani, Director of product marketing for refrigeration at Dacor. “So, it’s a very even, very cool, very consistent temperature.” Additionally, the porcelain is also stain- and odour-resistant, thanks to its non-porous. It’s also durable and hard to scratch. “It’s probably one of the most cutting edge, high-end materials,” added Magnani.

Though white may seem a bit boring, it actually offers a canvas for porcelain artists that Dacor has partnered with. When consumers order a fridge, they’ll have the option to customize the interior and transform it into a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Though porcelain has been around forever, the features of the Project Blanc are modern, with temperature-control drawers, Wi-Fi connectivity, and cameras that let you check on your food supplies.

CLOi is the new kitchen companion from LG that helps the consumer find recipes and calculate measurements, all while offering words of comfort and encouragement.

“As an important part of our future growth engine, LG is committed to expanding its portfolio of robots that can deliver real convenience and innovation in our customers’ lives,” said Ryu Hye-jung, Head of the Smart Solution Business Division for LG’s Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “We will continue to develop a wide range of products across commercial and home robots while seeking new opportunities to con- tribute to the advancement of the robotics industry.”

LG’s CLOi robots are being developed in parallel with LG ThinQ, the company’s AI brand for consumer electronics and home appliances. Both CLOi and ThinQ are designed to take advantage of LG’s DeepThinQ deep learning technology, delivering both emotional interaction and innovative convenience.

Vario 400 Refrigerator
Inspired by grand architectural structures, the new Vario 400 series has been designed for those who appreciate the aesthetically advanced. Combining modularity with the smooth lines of seamless integration, these sculpted appliances redefine the landscape of the functional kitchen.

Taking inspiration from the oak barrels used to age wine, the Vario wine climate cabinets 400 series features telescopic rails which allow oak and dark anthracite aluminium bottle trays to fully extend for gentle handling. Further safeguards are provided by the cabinet’s low vibration, humidity regulation and the activated charcoal air filter, which protects the wine from odour contamination.

Sven Baacke, Head of Design, Global Brand Gaggenau, said: “This new range for Gaggenau is the very essence of refinement in the luxury kitchen appliance market. We see extraordinary interior aesthetics as something that should be seen in all spheres of life, including the kitchen. With the new range, every wish for an extraordinary interior space can be fulfilled. Staged beautifully and with perfect illumination, you are no longer simply storing wine or refrigerating, you are making a statement.”