Division 11: Equipment
Barfly Beer Fridges
The Canadian designers at Barfly Beer Fridges rescue old fridges (circa 1940s-'60s), strip and repaint them, re-insulate them, and restore the chrome trimmings. They then add a chromed tap handle and black-and-chrome drip tray, so clients can have a keg (20 or 30 liters) of their favorite beer handy at all times. The fridges can be used to store anything, including food or supplies that need to be kept cold.
Bosch¹s Evolution dishwashers boast a series of technical innovations: a very low 42 decibel sound level while running; the ability to use as little 1.8 gallons of water per cycle; and an Ecoaction button, which reduces energy consumption by 25 percent. The company¹s Nexxt 500 Plus/800 Laundry Washers also feature the Ecoaction energy-saving setting, which can decrease the energy used during a cycle by 20 percent. The washers, which exceed 2007 federal regulatory standards for energy, come in silver, white, champagne, and silver duo-tone (800 series only). Bosch¹s wall ovens feature a seven-minute preheat setting and 30'' models have the largest capacity on the market at 4.7 cubic feet.
The third generation DishDrawer dishwashing system incorporates Fisher & Paykel's patented SmartDrive technology. The company claims the system is the only dishwasher able to run two cycles at one time, and the only one that varies the water pressure within each wash cycle. Eight different wash options allow users to customize their dishwashing. The system requires as little as 2.4 gallons of water per load.
Designed by venerable Italian firm Sottsass Associati, the generously proportioned Klassikduo Oval Wide tub has a broad, flat rim that lends a sharp look and a practical touch: The level surround doubles as a shelf for bath products and accessories — a boon for a freestanding unit. Suited to commercial and residential spaces, the tub is crafted from 3.5-mm-thick steel enamel, a material that is nonporous, antibacterial, highly durable, and also fully recyclable. At 70" x 31 1⁄2", it’s also big enough for two, with a central drain to offer a comfortable side-by-side soak.
Whirlpool has introduced Duet, a front-loading washer and dryer. The washer uses 68 percent less water and 67 percent less electricity than standard washing machines, representing a savings of over 17,000 gallons of water and nearly 600 kilowatt hours of electricity per household, per year. Four sensors inside the washer measure the water quantity, load saturation, water temperature, and motor speed to control all elements of the washing process. The dryer's Senseon technology continually senses the amount of moisture remaining in fabrics.