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Five Ideas for a More Flexible Kitchen

In the fast-paced rhythm of modern life, our kitchens have become more than just spaces to cook; they are the epicenters of creativity, socialization, and nourishment. As we adapt to changing lifestyles, the need for a flexible kitchen that effortlessly accommodates our diverse needs has never been more crucial. Whether you're an aspiring chef, a busy parent, or someone who simply enjoys the art of cooking, the heart of your home deserves a makeover. This article from Fisher & Paykel explores the color statements that are on the rise.

Five Ideas for a More Flexible Kitchen

Ergonomically, aesthetically and technologically, the new Series 11 DishDrawer™ Dishwasher will be the best – and most used – drawer in your kitchen. Why? The ergonomic design allows you to make more of your space.

We Live Life out of Drawers

Woman in kitchen pulling out drawer

In the modern kitchen, we live out of drawers. That simple insight that drawers offer a better, more ergonomic, more organized and accessible experience than cupboards – informed the design of the DishDrawer™ Dishwasher.

This insight would go on to revolutionize the way people do dishes by enhancing the ergonomic flow of space between appliance, user and storage. Every DishDrawer™ Dishwasher glides smoothly out to meet you, presenting dishes for easy loading and unloading, and greatly diminishing the need to bend and stoop. Independently powered and self-contained, DishDrawer™ Dishwashers come in a range of formats: traditional double drawer modules, but also single drawer options (including one deep enough for larger dinnerware) that can be configured and distributed anywhere in the kitchen for complete design freedom.

A Better Use of Space

While a Double DishDrawer™ Dishwasher can often fill the hole when replacing an old dishwasher, with new kitchen layouts, single drawers can offer even more design freedom. A single drawer DishDrawer™ Dishwasher can be distributed to wherever it's needed, most accessible and most useful in the kitchen. In contemporary kitchen design, this is often either side of a sink or multiple DishDrawer™ Dishwashers distributed across the main kitchen, prep kitchen and bar.

The evolving spatial arrangements of our homes and apartments are continually finding new roles for the DishDrawer™ Dishwasher. They're being introduced into living spaces, home offices, garages, games and media rooms. In larger homes, they're also popping up in self-contained suites.

Kitchen Cabinet pulled out

Seamless Integration

Kitchen Cabinet pulled out

Some of the hallmarks of the best contemporary kitchens today include freestanding islands, cabinetry that extends flawlessly from floor to ceiling, subtly detailed with shadow lines and carefully crafted negative details, and wall-hung cabinets that cantilever into space – all crafted in ways that dissolve the kitchen with the surrounding spaces.

Appliance integration is a way to holistically extend the care, craft and vision of a design throughout a space in its entirety. To reduce visual clutter by concealing working areas, to perfectly match hardware, materiality and textures, and unify aesthetic qualities for a fully considered result.

The Series 11 DishDrawer™ Dishwasher supports all these outcomes. With intuitive controls located inside the appliance, the entire front panel is ready for seamless integration. No lights, no buttons, no clash of materials – just your material and hardware choices and a flawless finish.

Kitchen As Furniture

Over time, the kitchen has become more refined and seamless. We've designed the Series 11 DishDrawer™ Dishwasher as a tool to help create highly crafted and inventive kitchen architecture – the kinds of designs that can't be achieved with a drop-door dishwasher.

The DishDrawer™ Dishwasher enables, for example, a floating installation; that is, one integrated in a freestanding island or wall-hung cabinets without a visible floor connection or toe-kick. The ability to create a void below cabinetry changes the perception of the space. Cabinetry can be interpreted as console or credenza; kitchen space becomes living space. A similar effect can be achieved by playing with toe-kick height and depth, changing the reading of space and creating a more furniture-like aesthetic.

This level of craft and appreciation of materiality is carried through to the polished stainless steel tub interior of this new Series 11 DishDrawer™ Dishwasher.

Woman pulling out drawer in kitchen

Commitment to Micro Moments

Dishwasher Rack full with dishes

We seek to design peace into our products by focusing on the quality of every audible, tactile and visual micro moment. “We're conscious of every interaction. We design in sound as well as in metal. For years, we've been trying to design the quietest appliances – and not just in wash mode. Who wants to hear the rattle of the cutlery drawer, the clash of plates, a drawer slamming shut?,” says Mark Elmore, Executive Vice President of Design and Brand.

Soft-closing Series 11 DishDrawer™ Dishwasher drawers reduce the crash and bang of plates and cutlery time and time again. Pitch-adjustable racks convey sureness of fit and security of hold. And the delightfully intuitive knock to pause control is a haptic product interaction more akin to the intuitive gestures we use on phones and tablets than it is to traditional dishwasher buttons.

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