Last week we shared bright, modern lighting ideas for kitchens, and this week we’re talking appliances — two high-end ovens that look as hot as they function.
Behold the Ferrari of ranges: the bright yellow stove shown above. It’s made by Bertazzoni, makers of cookers that are often compared to Italian race cars. Bertazzoni is based near Parma, Italy, and the company’s finely-tuned engineering pays tribute to famous sports cars made in the region.
Imagine waking up to this range in your kitchen. What a jolt of happy sunshine! Slim in design, it’s an induction range and convection oven. It has a hefty price tag — $5,500 for its 3.6-foot cubic size — but impresses with nine cooking functions, high -peed heating and an apropos pizza setting. It’s available through Blossman Gas [http://www.blossmangas.com/] in Fredericksburg and Southern Kitchens in Alexandria.
The range, like many in the Bertazzoni line, comes in bold colors said to be inspired by foods from the Emilia Romagna region. In addition to “giallo,” this model comes in orange, red and maroon, and for the less adventurous, stainless steel, black and white.
Matching back splashes and range hoods are also available. As with the cookers, the finishes are double-layered and extremely durable. It’s a coating, not surprisingly, used by fine auto makers.
Wolf and its partner company Sub-Zero, are equally known for staying on the cutting-edge of engineered products for the kitchen. Wolf recently announced its “future product” update, noting products that will be introduced this year and next.
The 30 inch-wide E-series (Mercedes?) microwave pictured above will be available at the start of 2016. It’s a new addition to Wolf’s Professional Collection, and its machine-sleek design conveys a boxy crispness and linear refinement. I especially like the proportions of its black handle.
Its standout feature is it door that hinges at the bottom which makes it much easier to get food in and out.
The model, like the Bertazzoni above, offers nine advanced cooking modes. It also has 900 cooking watts and optimal warming options. Appliances on Lakeside, at 5418 Lakeside Ave., is one local dealer for Wolf and Sub-Zero products.