Kitchen Appliances' New Aesthetic

Moving beyond the stainless steel kitchen

Once tucked away from public view, kitchens have become a nexus for home life and entertaining. To make the utilitarian spaces more welcoming, appliance makers are rolling out kinder, gentler appliance looks. “We’re on the cusp of a new aesthetic,” says Lou Lenzi, director of design for GE Appliances. For a while, everybody wanted to be Emeril Lagasse, he says, flaunting “big, chunky knobs on the range and big, heavy grates on the cooktop.” The new aesthetic, he says, involves “more furniture-like appliances,” with rounded edges and handles, less metallic sheen, and sometimes even a little color.

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