Get to know Sub Zero Wolf.

Posted on Wed, September 21, 2016

We recently sat down with Managing Director, Andrew Mumford and Marketing Manager, Frances Lynch of Sub Zero Wolf to find out more about the origins of the company, product favourites and quirky features that makes Sub Zero Wolf the market leaders in luxury refrigeration and ovens and help support the 'home chefs'. 

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Established in 1945 by Westye F Bakke in Madison, Wisconsin, the family run business recently celebrated their 70th birthday. 

Sub Zero Wolf focuses on design, product engineering, quality of build and producing a luxury domestic appliance. It is for this reason that Sub Zero only manufacturers 80-100 fridges each day to ensure quality control in the highest regard. 

In the 1940's, Sub-Zero worked closely with world renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright to develop integrated refrigeration. Since then, every fridge manufactured is serviced and vented from the front. In 1954, Sub-Zero Wolf were the first to release the food preservation system of dual refrigeration – separate cooling systems for refrigerator and freezer to ensure optimal humidity and temperature in both zones

Sub-Zero has 48 models in the range offering a food preservation solution to suit any lifestyle. All full height models have a consistent height ensuring even lines and a perfect design aesthetic when multiple models are installed together. (as pictured below). 

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             Image: Sub Zero 610mm Wine Storage, Sub Zero 610mm Freezer column and 610mm Refrigerator column

When asked if Andrew had a personal favourite in the Sub-Zero range, Andrew chose the 762mm Integrated Wine Storage which he referred to as a "beverage center." This appliance is unlike anything else on the market - there are 3 different temperature zones to ensure that your beverages are stored at their optimum level.

This beverage center allows you to store your icy cold beer, refreshing champagne and soft drinks between 1 degree and 7 degrees C and your wine can be stored anywhere between 5 degrees to 18 degrees C. To make sure that you're always stocked up for any event, the top fridge drawer comfortably stores 2 slabs in the drawer. 

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Moving along the Wolf range, Andrew's favourite product is the 1524mm Dual Fuel Range Ovens. These ovens have two full-sized ovens that are both multi-function which means that you're never restricted to what you want to cook. If you want to batch baking with a fan-forced oven, where you have the capacity to bake 120 biscuits in one batch bake, and at the same time you have 1.5m of cooking space, allows you to have a substantial cooking area. You also have the capacity to have different configurations on top such as tepanyaki plate, up to six gas burners or a BBQ.

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Another unique feature is the dual-stacked gas burner which provides the full spectrum of control - an ultralow flame ideal for simmering up to a high heat for boiling and searing. The Wolf simmer control option gives you the same level of control as induction meaning you can leave chocolate on the stove for 5-6 hours and it will never burn to the base. 

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These products are not only made to last, but the distinct aesthetics and strong product engineering means that with Sub-Zero and Wolf, you'll never fail to be a home chef. 

  

 

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Shaynna Blaze Kitchen Renovation Tips

Posted on Fri, September 09, 2016

Interior design guru and ASKO advocate, Shaynna Blaze shares her tips on how to renovate the heart of the home - the kitchen. 

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Image via Shaynaa Blaze 

1. The kitchen's purpose 

The first step to a successful kitchen is deciding on how the kitchen will be used. Shaynna explains that "the configuration and space required depends on the different types of functions in the kitchen other than just cooking. Figure out if it will be used as a seating area at the bench, a place for kids to do homework and if it's part of a full open plan living space."  

2. Don't be afraid to push design boundaries

There are so many design and functional options that can be overwhelming when deciding on the kitchen's design, that many homeowners tend to stick with safer options and neutral colours. Shaynna suggests trying to step outside your comfort zone in small stages by incorporating colour in features like the splashback, bespoke handles and a different colour in the island bench to the main cabinetry of the kitchen. 

3. Don't forget functionality and practicality

While it can be fun to pick out design elements like benchtops, splashbacks and cupboard doors, one of the most crucial aspects of any kitchen is its functionality. "The kitchen layout must be practical," says Shaynna. "Allow for the most commonly used appliances - fridge, sink and oven - to be places in the 'work triangle' so that moving between them all is only a couple of steps away." 

4. Location of appliances

Don't forgot to ensure that there are power points, gas and water outlets located where they are needed. Certain appliances also need to be properly vented to ensure that enough air is circulating around them. Check the manufacturers recommendations for the gaps to leave around each appliance. Shaynna also advises to be sure to account for enough space around fridges and ovens so the door can open fully. 

5. Make room for space and storage

Ensure there is enough space for storing kitchen utensils and crockery. "One of the biggest mistakes you can make when designing a new kitchen is not planning for enough storage space," says Shaynna. "Install deep drawers for easy access to pots, pans and bowls, and slimmer drawers for all your cutlery, cups and plates, leaving the larger cupboard doors for all your pantry needs." Don't forget to make use of the upper wall space to install overhead cupboards and use pull-out corner solutions to provide easy access to items stores in the back corners. 

6. Take advantage of natural light 

Natural lighting adds to the illusion of space and works well with modern, open plan living. If you lack windows, you might opt for large skylights with added benefits of ventilation. Maximise natural lighting by keeping window coverings to a minimum and leave blinds and shutters open. If privacy is an issue, Shaynna suggests opting for a translucent window shade that still allows light in. 

7. Update appliances 

Old appliances can contribute to the kitchen looking out-dates, so consider replacing them with models that suit the new design. "Old appliances in a modern kitchen will turn heads for the wrong reasons," says Shaynna. "Coloured appliances can add a splash of colour and contrast, while simple design and neutral colours can add to a timeless look that will last."

8. Bin it

If space allows, plan for a recycling bin in addition to the general waste to make managing rubbish more efficient. "A pull out bin hidden in the cabinetry keeps your kitchen design sleek and keeps the mess out of site." Says Shaynna. 

9. Counter Island

If there are plans to install an island or bench, try and opt for enough overhang to allow for comfortable seating and, with the addition of power, the island turns the area into an instant work station hub," says Shaynna. 

10. Kitchen Sink

Shaynna's list tip is the type of kitchen sink. "Look at styles that have accessories like chopping boards, drainage trays and stainless covers. These help create extra bench space in small areas and the covers let you hide the mess when you are more interested in entertaining." 

 

For all these E&S Trading products and more visit your nearest showroom.

Tags: bath, homes, product, kitchen, kitchen appliances, bathroom, australian homes, shower, real homes, design, asko

Milan Bathroom Trends

Posted on Wed, September 07, 2016

The team at Caroma recently went to Salone del Mobile in Milan which is the largest trade show of its kind. 

They came back with a wealth of knowledge and have shared what they identify to be the emerging trends in bathroom and kitchen design. 

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Image via Boscolo Milano

 

1. Thinner edges and lines 

Throughout the tradeshow, there was a dramatic increase in the number of manufacturers releasing thin edged basins compared to the last trade show in 2014. New casting techniques allowed for a more traditional vitreous china and fire clay materials to be utilised to product thin edge designs. This trend has been most visibly applied to tapware and accessories where the adoption of stainless steel as a mainstream material lead to many designs produced from plate and thin tube.

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2. Textured surfaces and finishes 

Textured surfaces and finishes were the second biggest trend noticed throughout the tradeshow. Timber laminates, both natural and synthetic, which use strong grains were very popular. 

Metallic and concrete taps made an appearance, while engineered stones with strong textures were also being displayed. 

Textured splashbacks (including pressed metal), were evident in kitchens with the inclusion of lighting to assist in achieving a dramatic effect.  

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3. Minimalism 

Spaces were seen to be more simplistic with an absence of unnecessary detail, in some cases incorporating the use of exposed supports. While minimalistic, the cold and stark look was not evident and rather, was applied in unique applications such as the integration of basins and sinks to create a seamless, uninterrupted surface appearance. 

Kitchen appliances such as scales, burners and induction elements were embedded into the underside of the stone countertops. 

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 4. Organic  

Diversity was celebrated with timber grains and stone veins being featured with minimal processing of the raw material which added individuality to furniture design. 

Stone was not over polished and cracks in the material was not hidden, and was being used as a feature. Taps were seen to be made from pebbles, and shrouded toilets were showcased using a timber as a shroud material. 

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5. Storage & Accessories

This trend was the concept of steering away from concealing personal effects, and was replaced with open or modular storage solutions in both bathroom and kitchen designs. This allows the opportunity for colour and personal style to be introduced and displayed through objects and accessories. 

Kitchens featured various degrees of open cabinetry or shelving which created a theatrical feel. Functional features such as dish drying racks, and wine bottle chillers were more visible and were being displayed behind transparent doors. 

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6. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel in tapware grew exponentially in popularity because of its lead free properties. As this material is harder to machine than brass and generally available in sheet, plate and pipe formats, it was driving both the design and finish of the products utilizing it. 

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7. Colours

The three main colours palettes being used were : 

- Neutrals
- Dusty Romantics (like pale pastel pink and green hues) 
- Moody Royals (rich deep blue, burgundy, brown and green) 

In the bathroom space, the vitreous china colour palette was more restrained, and was more limited to neutral, beige and matte white.

The tapware colour palette was more diverse. Many more metallic colours and surface finishes were being offered alongside the traditional brightly polished chrome, gold and copper.

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8. Refinement 

An over-arching observation throughout the show is that the design has become more refined, considered and measured. 

Subtly integration of functionality and detail without adding complexity through components or technology. 

The quality of materials and finishes, as well as an increasing level of details execution in both design and production of kitchen and bathroom products has added a new level of sophistication to these spaces. 

Thank you so much for Caroma for bringing along these fresh tips all the way from Salone del Mobile, Milan 2016

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For all these E&S Trading products and more visit your nearest showroom.

Tags: bath, homes, product, kitchen, kitchen appliances, bathroom, australian homes, shower, real homes, design

Smart Bathroom

Posted on Fri, September 02, 2016

At e&s, we love stocking brands that allows your bathroom to be as modern, tech friendly and as chic as you desire. 

We want you to think big, as we show you some of the most forward-thinking and modern bathroom products that we have to offer in the e&s showroom. 

Kohler Moxie Showerhead

Bring music to your shower like never before with the Moxie showerhead wireless Bluetooth speaker. Moxie allows you to wirelessly connect music, news or talk radio with a magnetic speaker in the showerhead. 

With the highest quality sound, the Moxie Shower head is available in both the 5" and 8" depending the size you prefer. The showerhead can be installed as a rain shower or installed off the wall. 

 

Kaldewei Sound Wave

To continue with the theme of enhancing your bathroom audio experience, we also bring you the Kaldewei Sound Wave bath.

This bath enhances the experience of relaxation by introducing a bath with six sound panels which can be used by connecting up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices. The bath acts as a sound box to create exceptional sounds with or without water. Indulging in a relaxing bath listening to music via Sound Wave, the sounds are more than audible - they can be gently felt through the bath water. 

 

Hansgrohe ShowerSelect 

With a touch of a button, Hansgrohe's Shower Select guarantees an easier, more comfortable showering experience.

The ShowerSelect thermostats are equipped with little buttons - so that where you once had to rotate, now you just press: use the Select buttons to switch between different showers, such as the hand or overhead shower. ShowerSelect mixers are ideal for situations where a thermostatic solution is not required. The slender, flat handle enables the user to control the required temperature, with precision – even with soapy hands. The ergonomic and intuitive usability and easy-to-read symbols are ideal for older people, children and those with restricted mobility.

 

 

 


For all these E&S Trading products and more visit your nearest showroom.

Tags: bath, homes, product, kitchen, kitchen appliances, bathroom, australian homes, shower, real homes, design

Retro Kitchen Revival

Posted on Wed, August 31, 2016

The October edition of Belle Magazine features some seriously stunning kitchen designs and a range of E&S Trading appliances beautifully complementing each of these renowned designer's projects.

We've picked a few of our favourite kitchens below with designs a throwback to retro interiors of the 70s and 80s. These kitchens all show a common theme of practicality, functionality and concealing as much as possible by incorporating integrated and self-cleaning appliances.

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David Flack's 70s-inspired design, with dark timber and marbled benchtops, keeps with the heritage of the home and features E&S Trading Gessi 'Oxygene' tapware.

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David Hicks vision was to create a minimalist, functional family kitchen that conceals as much as possible. This is where E&S Trading's Miele fully integrated dishwasher and Miele fully integrated fridge/freezer come into play. Stage right (hiding just out of shot) is our Miele oven and stainless steel gas wok, gas double burner and induction double burner.

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KPDO brings colour, form and texture to this kitchen design with a nod to interiors from the 70s and 80s. The blue colour scheme certainly offers the wow factor. The E&S Trading Sub-Zero fully integrated ICBBI-30U fridge/freezer is featured in this kitchen.

For all these E&S Trading products and more visit your nearest showroom.

Tags: homes, product, kitchen, kitchen appliances, australian homes, real homes, design

Fisher & Paykel New Generation Oven

Posted on Fri, June 17, 2016

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Welcome to the next generation in Fisher & Paykel Built-in Oven. Designed specifically for Australasian cooking styles, the OB60SL11DEPB1 offers unmatched performance and outstanding design in the kitchen.

Your cooking experience starts right from the exterior. Finished in sleek black reflective glass and polished metal trim to give every appearance of a classically elegant look. The clean lines and design details also match the rest of the Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliance family.

OB60SL11DEPB1_Mug_RGB-1.jpgThe built-in oven doesn’t just look great, when it comes to function, it packs a serious punch. The generous 77 litre internal capacity fits 30 percent more than traditional European ovens making it one of the largest 60cm ovens on the market.

It also features the unique ActiveVent technology that allows you to control the moisture level in your cooking for perfect results. Choose from 11 cooking functions - including fan forced and classic bake - with pre-set temperatures all at the touch of a dial.

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This model offers a pyrolytic self-cleaning function, a handy feature that breaks down food residue and grease at very high temperature. This means that instead of scrubbing away at heavily soiled surface, residues will be turned into a light ash, and you can easily remove with a swipe of a damp cloth.

If you’re looking for an oven that will make cooking and cleaning easier than ever, the Fisher & Paykel OB60SL11DEPB1 is the ideal option. Exclusively available at e&s in Victoria.

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Mega May Sale! Great deals on top kitchen, bathroom and laundry brands!

Posted on Mon, May 16, 2016

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Sorry, this sale has ended.

May is all about top brands and mega savings. Our latest catalogue features an array of hot deals for all your kitchen, bathroom and laundry needs.

If your cooking space is less than ideal, it's time to upgrade and pocket some savings along the way! Shop now and save up to $900 on AEG pyrolytic ovens plus receive up to 20% off AEG appliances. Looking to replace your dishwasher? For a limited time only, Asko has some great saving with $300 off selected Asko dishwashers.

Don't forget about the laundry, one of the most hardworking rooms in the house. Save up to $600 on selected Miele washing machine and tumble dryer package. 

If you're renovating your dream bathroom, make sure to check out our amazing range of bathroom products and accessories. Choose from high-end Italian tapware, classy freestanding bathtub, designer basins and vanity, or perhaps just something simple in-between.

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Discover these great deals and more in our latest catalogue. Pick up a copy at your nearest e&s showroom or click here to browse online. e&s Mega May Sale must end 29 May.

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Smeg Launches The Fashion Fridge

Posted on Wed, April 13, 2016

What happens when a high fashion brand sells refrigerators?

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One of the biggest names in fashion, Dolce & Gabbanna have teamed up with fellow Italian company Smeg to design special edition “Fab 28” Smeg retro fridges. Once a classically styled Smeg fridge characterized by the chunky 1950s handle and a retro style colour palette, it's now transformed into an exquite work of art – not to mention a highly functional one too.

FAB28 is designed to make an impression. The quintessential D&G attitude and artistic brilliance is captured in the form of hand painted Sicilian art, featuring a spectacular montage of medieval knights, cartwheels, fruits, floral motifs, all of which have appeared in past D&G collections.

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D&G released a statement saying that the collaboration between the premium appliance manufacturer and world famous fashion house has materialized through a united passion for ‘Made in Italy’ excellence, a deep respect for family tradition and the importance of maintaining local roots.

Only 100 of these exclusive stylish refrigerators were made, and they’re available through Dolce & Gabbana’s website.

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Glass Vs. Stainless Steel Bowl – Which Is Better?

Posted on Fri, April 01, 2016

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A good stand mixer is a true workhorse in the kitchen for anyone who bakes more than occasionally. Things like mixing ability, wattage, build quality and attachments are important considerations that influence the way you cook, but what about the mixing bowl? Have you given it much thought?

The decision between choosing glass or stainless steel bowl is one that plagues many of our customers, so for today’s post we’re going to offer some helpful rundown for both options.

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The glass bowl is often preferred by home cooks for its aesthetic quality.

The short answer to which is best – glass or stainless steel – is that both are fantastic to work with, but each has its own quirk.

Glass bowls benefits:

  • Easy-to-read ingredient quantities on the marked bowl – has standard and metric measurements moulded into the side.
  • A silicone lid can be placed on the bowl when proving dough. It also helps keep the bowl clean when the stand mixer is not in use (lid only available when bowl is purchased as a separate accessory. Platinum Stand Mixer glass bowl does not include lid.)
  • Made of tempered glass.
  • Dishwasher, freezer and microwave-safe.
  • Moulded pouring spout makes pouring batters easy, minimising spills and drips.
  • Glass retains an even temperature (creaming of butter and sugar in winter is easier).
  • You can see the mixture / batter / dough from all angles.
  • Easy-hold handle.

Tips for use:

  • Remove the thread ring before using the bowl in the microwave.
  • To avoid product damage, do not use the glass bowl in areas of high heat such as an oven or stove top.

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Stainless steel bowl is commonly used by all professional cooks

Steel bowls benefits:

  • Remains cool during beating, keeps mixtures cool, good when used in warm climates as it helps prevent splitting and curdling.
  • Assists in optimum volume with egg whites for meringues and mousses, etc.
  • Lightweight and durable.
  • Won’t crack or chip.
  • Bowl can be warmed over a flame – this is common practice in commercial kitchens.
  • Buffing and polishing is easy with a soft cloth and hot water.

Tips for use:

  • Winter temperatures will chill the bowl, making creaming initially difficult for the home cook, but this is a huge plus for hot weather.
  • Egg whites beaten in a stainless steel bowl are quicker to beat into a fluffier looking, firmer meringue (approx 5 minutes). Using a glass bowl takes approximately 8 minutes. Both bowls produce good quality meringue, however.

So there you have it, comparisons for both options. Whether you prefer the glass or stainless steel bowl for your KitchenAid mixer, you can find them in our stores or shop online here.

Now for a limited time only, shop selected KitchenAid KSM 160* stand mixer at e&s at a super low price of $649, plus receive a bonus ice-cream bowl attachment valued at RRP $199. Offer available on almond cream and empire red only. Strictly while stocks last. Hurry, offer valid 1st – 4th April 2016.

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*Receive a bonus ice cream bowl attachment valued at $199 RRP with the purchase of KitchenAid KSM160 Stand Mixer in empire red or almond cream.

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Do you have these 3 smart features in your new oven?

Posted on Tue, March 29, 2016

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If you’re thinking about buying a new oven, the first question you should really be asking yourself is – am I getting a smart oven?

Just as nobody buys a mobile phone anymore these days, it’s all about the smart phone and smart technology. Besides, getting an oven is a long-term purchase, and you definitely don’t want to be stuck with an outdated appliance in your kitchen for a decade. So you ask – what is a smart oven then?

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For one, combi-steam technology will be the norm. Traditionally, we are forced to choose between the fast and healthy steam-cooking, or the crisping and browning capabilities of convection ovens. The new generation ovens today combine the functions of steam and hot air, opening up a whole new world in culinary art.

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In the same way induction cooking has made cooktops faster, cooler, cleaner and greener, advances in oven technology have taken the guesswork out of cooking. Preset menus automatically control the desired oven and temperature settings, and built-in sensors detect when your baking or roast is cooked, leaving you with perfect results every time.

pyrol_oven.jpgBosch pyrolytic self-cleaning system

The term pyrolytic would have raised eyebrows five years ago, but these days more and more people are shopping for ovens with pyrolytic self-cleaning function. Using super high temperatures of 500°C, a pyrolytic oven turns food residue and grime into ash which can then be easily wiped clean using a damp cloth. If you entertain often or do roast regularly, this is a great feature you can’t go without.

Do you have any of the above smart oven features? Share with us your experience in the comments below.

If you’re looking to create a space that leaves a stylish impression while ensuring it has all the elements that fit your lifestyle, e&s has the star ingredients for your kitchen makeover. Visit your nearest e&s showroom today.

Tags: kitchen appliances, cooking, tips, how to, ovens

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