Mixed Metal Q&A with Interior Designer Christine Donner

_MG_2765One of the most up-and-coming trends on the interior design scene today is the use of mixed metals in appliances and home décor. The mixed metal trend has seen increasing popularity over the last few months, and is expected to make an even bigger impact on the design world in the 2016 year.

Interior designer and specialist Christine Donner from Christine Donner Kitchen Design, Inc. spoke with EuroChef USA about her experiences, as well as the aesthetic value of using mixed metals in kitchen designs.

EuroChef USA: Could you explain what the mixed metal trend is, and what colors are often seen?

Christina Donner: The mixed metal trend adds a layer of interest and dimension to a room.  Combining silver and gold, or chrome and brass, or adding oiled rubbed bronze to existing fixtures will make your kitchen livelier.

Clients often get hung up on choosing one metal for their kitchen – either brushed or polished– like everything should match. But appliances are always a combination of brushed and polished, that element is already in the room. With the new popularity of brushed brass, clients want that look too, but you can’t get an oven in brass – so we find ourselves going with a combination of metals. Relax and pick what you like — just be sure to tell your designer so she makes sure it all works.

EC: How long have you been working with mixed metal designs? Is this a fairly new concept?

CD: For several years, metal trends in jewelry design have been edging towards yellow gold again.  And now you commonly see bracelets and the like with both yellow and white gold, as well as, rose gold. Interpreting this trend into home interiors is fairly new.  It is common for fashion design to be a year or two ahead of interior design.

EC: What do you think has led to the recent popularity of mixed metals?

CD: Home design trends now are increasingly eclectic, and in some cases a bit wild with color and patterns. I think this trend frees people up to mix and match without worry.

By mixing metals, a homeowner can easily update their existing interiors without changing everything. It does lend a fresher look.

EC: What types of homes will benefit from mixed metal appliances? (transitional, contemporary, rustic, etc.)

CD: This can be a universal trend spanning styles, and color palettes. There is a look now for a traditionally designed home to be furnished with very contemporary pieces, and some wild light fixture or art. I think the mixed metal trend is very much a part of that look right now.

EC: Which cabinet, wall and flooring colors are complimentary of mixed metal appliances? (what color should I paint my wall if I want a mixed metal range, or is it more versatile?)

CD: We chose to make the cabinets a very pure white, to brighten the space and not add any other color elements to the mix. The quartzite countertops are very beautiful, Dolce Vita, a blend of white and grays and soft creamy tones. That seemed to pull the mixed metals together.

EC: The Branford Kitchen (images shown within this post) is absolutely beautiful, could you give us some backstory on the design?

CD: This was a maple stain contractor grade kitchen with an island that dominated the space. The kitchen is toward the back of the house, as the living room faces the water. It was dark and crowded. Our task was to bring order and lightness to the space. The room now feels about twice as large, and twice as bright.

We knew the range needed to go on the back wall, directly in the site line from the living room. It needed to be something eye-catching, but it also had work to do. We were concerned with making this kitchen work, with a defined food prep and cooking zone near the range, and a clean up zone nearer the front.

EC: Why did you choose an ILVE in your kitchen design?

CD: The homeowner chose an ILVE not only for its quality, but also because it is a beautiful looking range that certainly draws attention to itself.  We were given a finish sample kit and we played around with it, covering some knobs with tin foil to achieve the mixed metal look we wanted. By mixing metal finishes, the homeowner feels the ILVE is the anchor in the room, from which other design elements were pulled.

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Kitchen designed by Christine Donner. Images by MaryEllen Hendricks.

ILVE Majestic Named Interior & Sources Readers’ Choice Award Winner

I_Stnd_RC_Logo_2015ILVE, known for their handcrafted Italian appliances, has been selected as a winner in the 2015 Interiors & Sources Readers’ Choice Awards in the Best of Kitchen & Bath Category for the ILVE Majestic Range. For the first time in 7 years, voting was done via Facebook “likes” to tally the favorites.

“It is such an honor to have been voted a Readers’ Choice Award Winner for our ILVE Majestic line,” says Melissa Haber, Director of Sales & Marketing for EuroChef USA. “The ILVE Majestic stands as a staple for our brand, and the fully customizable options make our line of ranges an easy choice for architects and designers.”

ILVE’s Majestic line of ranges is available in both dual fuel and gas only. The ranges are offered in five standard American sizes including 60”, 48”, 40”, 36”, 30” with both single and double oven options available. The line is fully customizable with seven standard colors, 213 Classic Colors, three trim options and four leg options allowing for a wide range of choices for personalization. Additionally, ILVE Majestic Ranges are equipped with green energy features such as an EU “A” green energy rating, triple-pane glass doors for better heat insulation, and an 8-minute electric oven preheat.

In the 7th Annual Interior & Sources Reader’s Choice Awards, dedicated readers and industry specialists voted for the latest and greatest products in the interior design industry. The voting took place during a two-week voting period in November via a Facebook vote, and winners were announced in the December issue of the magazine.

ILVE RAL Custom Color Program Named Interior Design Best of Year Award Honoree

Honoree2015_BlackILVE, known for their handcrafted Italian appliances, is a 2015 Interior Design Best of Year Award finalist in the category Kitchen: Appliances for their RAL Custom Color Program. There were over 1,800 entries in 142 distinct categories and nearly 60,000 votes were cast for product by the A+D industry.

“We’re so honored to have been named a Best of Year Award honoree for our new ILVE RAL Custom Color Program,” says Melissa Haber, Director of Sales & Marketing for EuroChef USA. “The RAL Custom Color program has seen great popularity in the design industry. The program showcases our dedication to brand innovation and our allegiance to fine Italian craftsmanship. We’re pleased to be able to offer this beautiful product to consumers and honored to be thought of so highly by such esteemed designers.”

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ILVE’s RAL Custom Color Program is available for both the Majestic and Nostalgie line. The program allows for consumers to choose from 213 classic RAL colors for both their hood and range, allowing for more personalized options than ever before. ILVE ranges are available in six standard American sizes, 60”, 48”, 40”, 36”, 30”, and a perfect city-sized 24” option in the Nostalgie line. Both single and double oven options are available, as well as dual fuel and all gas connection choices.

In the 10th Annual Interior Design Best of Year (BOY) Awards, qualified interior designers and architects selected product design finalists during a two-week period in November via an online vote, and category winners were determined by a jury of leading architects and designers. According to Interior Design, over 60,000 votes were tallied in this year’s competition. Nearly 1,000 people from the design community attended the BOY Awards celebration hosted by Interior Design Magazine, on December 3, 2015, at the IAC Building in New York City.

For ILVE RAL press release and high-res images, click here

Cooking on an ILVE with Sophie Uliano

Internationally renowned Green and Healthy Living expert Sophie Uliano has recently installed an ILVE Range into her California home. Sophie has filmed two informational videos which were both posted on her Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano Facebook page.

Sophie’s Range Review + Cookie Recipe

 

Sophie’s Holiday Meal 

 

For even more, check out Sophie’s ebook of Healthy Holiday Recipes – all cooked on an ILVE

ILVE Majestic Shines in Hyde Park Renovation

ILVE Appliances has helped aid the beautiful renovation of a 90-year-old distressed bungalow into an elegant, yet contemporary home for an avid art collector and professional photographer.

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Clark | Richardson Architects led the project in 2013, which was located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin, Texas. The goal of the renovation was to maintain some of the historical external features of the home, while extending the floor plan and reinventing the interior. The completed renovation was awarded an Austin Energy Green Building 5-Star Certification.

The client chose to include a beautiful 40” ILVE Majestic double oven range in true white with chrome legs, handles and knobs. The white color of the range was beautifully accented by a light green back splash for an even more contemporary twist. The client chose to go with an ILVE appliance after she happened to sit next to a EuroChef representative on a flight for vacation.

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Thank you, Clark | Richardson Architects for sharing your beautiful ILVE project with us.

ILVE RAL Custom Color Program in the Voting Round for Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards

ILVE’s RAL Custom Color Program is in the voting round for the 2015 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year (BOY) Awards in the Kitchen Appliances category!

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The BOY Awards are voted upon by architects and designers to recognize exceptional products that were introduced to the market between September 2014 and August 2015. During a two week period spanning from October 5th to the 16th, architects and designers can vote for ILVE by clicking here. Finalists will be announced this November, and the winners will be selected by Interior Design Magazine Editor in Chief Cindy Allen and a jury of design leaders, and announced live on December 3, 2015 in New York City.

ILVE’s RAL Custom Color Program, launched this August, is available for both the Majestic and Nostalgie and features ranges and hoods available in 213 RAL Classic colors. Both series are available in standard colors (7 for Majestic and 8 for Nostalgie), and with the new Custom Color Program over 220 colors are available resulting in more personalized options than ever before.

Chef Kurt von Kahle talks Induction Cooking with EuroChef

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 9.34.05 AMKurt von Kahle, chef and culinary appliance consultant from Kurt’s Kitchen, spoke to EuroChef about one of the hottest technologies for pro chefs – induction cooking. Induction cooking technology was first introduced at the Chicago World Fair in the early 1900s, but hadn’t received much popularity until it was perfected in the year 2000.

Many consumers are unaware of all the great benefits that induction cooking has to offer, so we reached out to Chef Kurt for a Q&A.

Q: Why is induction cooking considered “the hottest new thing” for pro chefs? How could this be applicable for consumers as well?
A: I wouldn’t consider it new for chefs. Many Hotels or off premise small kitchenettes have provided Induction Cooktops for years. In these areas, Ventilation was an issue and in a commercial setting, a fire suppression system was required. Since an Induction top doesn’t produce a heat that can cause fire, it works out well in these environments. Another application is on buffets where the food can be kept in a pan on display simmering over an induction top. This is used in some Whole Food Stores in their prepared food department. In fine dining where there used to be table side flame dishes such as Bananas Foster, the open flame is not allowed anymore so induction has been the go to for safety and consistency.

Q: Do certain recipes work better on induction cooktops than traditional gas or electric ranges? Why?
A: Two of the big selling points for cooktops are High Heat and Low Simmer. Depending on the pan selection, the high heat for searing is exceptional on Induction. Low Simmer can run at a constant instead of a ‘Surging’ effect that typical electric burners provide. Compared to Gas, the cooktop or range top has to offer the highs and lows that are more costly and require more powerful ventilation.

Q: What makes induction a safer choice for consumers?
A: Can’t cause a fire even if you wanted to!

Q: Are induction cooktops still pricey? Are they expensive to fix?
A: Yes but weigh this against a more powerful range top with a great low simmer along with installation of adequate ventilation. Now there are more induction cooktops in the industry, so availability of parts along with training for service people nationally has increased making service less expensive.

Q:For consumers that enjoy wok cooking, how can they get that same even cook they would get with wok rings and round-bottom wok pans?
A: Place a flat bottom wok on the cooktop and cover with a lid for a minute during the heat up period.

Q: Some interviews suggest that the controls and cook settings on induction cooktops can be tricky, do you agree?
A: They are no different than electric glass tops on the market. The biggest issue is for consumers to keep the control area dry, don’t place utensils, towels or hot pans on the the controllers. If your hands are cold, wet or covered with flour or some food it may not allow the controls to see or register your fingers.

Both ILVE and Verona Appliances offer Induction options for consumers. Please visit our links below for more information:

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Be sure to checkout Kurt’s Kitchen website and his YouTube channel, featuring his ILVE videos.

ILVE Appliances Introduces New RAL Custom Color Program for Ranges and Hoods

ILVERALEDGEWOOD, NEW YORK – September, 2015 – ILVE, known for handmade custom Italian appliances, launches a Custom Color Program for ranges and hoods available in 213 RAL Classic colors. The Custom Color Program is available for both ILVE collections, the Majestic and Nostalgie. Both series are available in standard colors (7 for Majestic and 8 for Nostalgie), and with the new Custom Color Program over 220 colors are available resulting in more personalized options than ever before.

ILVE ranges are available in six standard American sizes, 60”, 48”, 40”, 36”, 30”, and a perfect city-sized 24” option in the Nostalgie line. Both single and double oven options are available, as well as dual fuel and all gas connection choices.

More Information:

• Trim accents can be ordered in brass, chrome or oil rubbed bronze
• Plinth, claw foot or tubular legs are available as well as a wrap around toe kick
• The Majestic series can be customized with contemporary Techno trim for a more modern look
• Lead time for custom ranges runs between 6-10 weeks
• RAL Custom Color upcharge is $1999 UMRP on top of the stainless steel price for ranges, and an upcharge of $899 UMRP on top of the stainless steel price for hoods.

ILVE ranges maximize energy without compromising performance

Featuring the highest green energy ratings in the industry, ILVE ranges maximize energy without compromising performance. Similar to the Energy Star ratings in the United States, the European EU rating scored all ILVE ranges an A, the highest possible score for performance and energy consumption. Below are the four ways ILVE ranges work to maximize energy efficiency.

Featuring the highest green energy ratings in the industry – ILVE ranges Maximize Energy without Compromising Performance.

Featuring the highest green energy ratings in the industry – ILVE ranges Maximize Energy without Compromising Performance.

High-Output Burner

The triple flame burner, which is made out of brass, burns cleaner than your ordinary burner with both propane and natural gas. Because the flame burns closer to the grates, the 15,500 BTU burner burns to the equivalent of a 20,000 BTU burner.

8-Minute Preheat

The electric oven preheats to 350°F in less than 8 minutes. ILVE appliances are the only pro-range on the marketplace that offers an 8-minute preheat, compared to the 18-24 minute time of most other pro-range series.

Triple-Pane Glass Doors

ILVE ovens have a removable triple-pane glass door, which allows for better heat insulation. Since these doors trap heat so effectively, less energy is used during cooking. Additionally, these glass doors are removable for easy cleaning.

Warming Drawer

All ILVE ranges are equipped with warming drawers. These drawers use the heat from the oven to keep food warm, so no additional energy is being used.

ILVE’s Green Story video can be viewed here.