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Kitchen Confidential
 

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A kitchen that doesn’t look like a kitchen is one of the top emerging trends identified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and it’s a concept Poggenpohl introduces with the January 2011 debut of its +ARTESIO system. The company partnered with renowned German architect Hadi Teherani (known for his famous ship-shaped building in the port of Hamburg) to liberate the kitchen from its usual spatial boundaries and erase the divide between room architecture and furniture. Finishes include matte melamine, wood or lacquered glass fronts, and wood and leather tables, chairs and benches for adjoining spaces. Pricing starts at $40,000.

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Casa Bugatti continues the long tradition and made-in-heaven marriage between the automotive and kitchen industries with its uber-cool Volo. This toaster earns its racing stripes with a sleek design, “Bugattilift” system and controls that provide one-touch defrost, bun warming and one-side options so your bagel isn’t too crunchy. Why, it even toasts toast! Available in red or chrome, the Volo is priced at $299 and can be purchased at
www.casabugattishop.com.





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Sub-Zero’s PRO 48 series is like Superman: steel inside and out. The largest of the company’s residential line with a price tag around $14,500, it’s one of the costliest refrigerators on the planet, with advanced controls, three evaporators and a glass door to showcase those neatly arranged shelves. Available through Ferguson Enterprises, Naples and Fort Myers.









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West Bend’s newest toaster doesn’t have a race-inspired moniker, but it can make a mean egg-muffin sandwich faster than the drive-through. This stainless steel appliance toasts while simultaneously keeping pre-cooked items warm and steam-cooking up to four eggs in four minutes. Wide slots accommodate bagels. It’s available at area home improvement and department stores, and even the price—less than $65—is right.

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Fendi Casa’s studio kitchen is a stylish solution to that guest or game room that could benefit from a kitchen—or any space with about eight feet to spare. The unit, available in lacquered or croc doors bearing the famous double-F logo, accommodates a cook top, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, dishwasher and even the kitchen sink. You can also opt for a one-touch power opening. The studio kitchen is priced at $47,070 for chocolate, black or ivory lacquer sliding doors; $51,660 for the croc leather. Available through Fendi Casa at Miromar Design Center.

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