My mornings are based on routine. I'm not sure if it's the repetition of familiar movements or the cold coffee waiting for me in the kitchen that drives me through those first few waking moments. Either way, after I've had my coffee, I am awake enough to figure out how to make more coffee... and then it comes to breakfast.
Breakfast is my first true decision of the day. Everything else up to this point is robotic motion practiced into familiarity. Variety is the spice of life, so after my day has been kick started, I want … Read more
Sometimes the kitchen is just too far away. Go on, you can admit it, too. Deliciousness may be residing just a few feet away in the form of a precooked meal, but the effort of drag yourself into the kitchen to get it is simply too great. Besides, there's a ball game on the tube.
Submitted as an entry into the Electrolux 2008 Design Lab contest, the concept cooktop is a flexible extension of the dinner table, designed to be used in any room in the house. The theme of this year's annual competition was the Internet generation, … Read more
At some time or another, you have probably experienced refrigerator wars. If you haven't, then you have either been living under a rock, or have never shared a living space with another human. Since few are born into a singular existence, I am going to guess that at least once you have rooted through the fridge for those delicious leftovers, only to later find that your roommate, spouse, sibling, or parent got to them first.
Most of us experience this sad loss when we first find ourselves living with roommates. Little did you know that while you were working … Read more
It's not quite the washing-machine robot I've been waiting for, but it will have to do in the meantime. This finalist from the Electrolux Design Lab '08 contest is called the iBasket, a Wi-Fi-connected laundry hamper from the future. Guopeng Liang submitted the winning design.
The idea is to use this as a hamper, throwing your dirty clothes in as they accumulate. The iBasket then senses when the load is full and initiates the wash cycle. Since it is Wi-Fi-enabled, the concept washing machine can even alert you when the load is complete.
Made out of acrylic, recycled … Read more
Contestants are asked to submit designs that are two or three years out. the designs should focus on the needs of modern kitchens, innovative design, … Read more
Electrolux was once the icon of European appliance design. Smooth lines and European chic were the brand's trademark. But Electrolux has become very comfortable with the thought of selling their appliances worldwide. The Icon line -- "Designed for the Well-Lived Home"--is perfectly elegant for any kitchen, no matter which part of the globe it is located in. The Icon Microwave is exceptionally sleek, indicative of the rest of the line. Its stainless steel panels let it blend in with any modern kitchen. It also has all the features that have become a requirement for the microwave. … Read more
I've been searching for a way to store my wine since my downstairs neighbor nixed the idea of me installing a Spiral Cellar in my living room. Seems he wasn't too thrilled about having to walk around a large odd enclosure protruding down into his living room. Ah, well. Such are the perils of apartment based living. I guess installing a large add-on that extends into your neighbors apartment isn't, well, neighborly.
Food prices are on the rise, and I make a point of stocking up when I find a sale. With meat and other perishable groceries, it's hard to do that without a decent-size freezer. Even with a good freezer, though, you may have to chip out that dense layer of permafrost to get everything in. Not interested in spending all that time with your head in the freezer?
Electrolux's 36-inch electric hybrid induction cooktop's selling points are its speed, flexibility, and sophisticated design.
With five burners--three electric and two induction--the cooktop can boil or simmer multiple pots in a hurry, delivering between 750 watts to 3,200 watts to heat the food. The 10-inch induction element on this cooktop will boil water in just 90 seconds.
Induction cooktops generally cost more than their all-electric counterparts do, and this one costs about $1,999.
You must also use pots and pans made of magnetic material such as stainless steel or cast iron on induction burners. You can … Read more