There are many European manufacturers of fine European kitchen appliances doing business in the States and Australia. To see them in person, you will probably have to travel to a major city where most of the showrooms are located. In general, European appliances are more energy and water efficient, more durable, and more expensive than USA brands.
Asko Appliances--their motto is 'Built to Last Longer' , sounds good ! Asko makes dishwashers and clothes washers and dryers. Asko new tall-tank dishwasher models out-clean ordinary units while using less water and electricity. They’re super-quiet, dependable and backed by a strong warranty. Every ASKO is tested before it leaves the factory. They have been building home appliances since 1950 and are sold in more than 30 countries. Every component is constructed of steel rather than plastic wherever possible. And every ASKO product is built with Scandinavian quality and environmental sensitivity. Asko washers and dryers are designed to clean as well as possible while using less electricity, water, and detergent. They have features such as stainless steel drums that never rust or corrode, and innovative self-contained water heaters for precise temperature control. www.askousa.com
Miele Appliances--For over 106 years, Miele, the largest family-owned and operated appliance company in the world, has been guided by its founders' committment to the quality of its products. Their motto: "Immer besser," or "Forever better". Miele makes dishwashers, range hoods, ovens, warming drawers, plate & cup warmers, steam ovens, cooktops, built in coffeemakers, clothes dryers, upright vacuums, and Galaxy Vacuums. Miele Store is the online source for purchasing Miele Cleaning Essentials products as well as extended service agreements for Miele appliances. Miele appliances are engineered to provide superior results coupled with ease of use and flexibility. Miele is very conscious of being as environmentally responsible as possible. You can locate a Miele Appliance dealer by zip code. Located in nine different areas across the country, Miele Design Centers are not retail venues, but training and consultation centers. You can call for special events or for a private consultation. www.miele.com
Prestige Appliances imports European appliances into Australia. They say that many Australian household appliance names such as Kleenmaid, Blanco, Technika, and Baumatic don't really manufacture most of the appliances which they sell but buy from European manufacturers such as Brandt, Filippi, Meneghetti, Tecnogas, and have these appliances re-badge or re-labeled before importing into Australia. Prestige Appliances is an importer and distributor of the highest quality European appliances factory direct with the original brand name thereby saving a good bit of money if you live in Australia. www.prestigeappliances.com.au
La Cornue, the ultimate in high end cooking equipment and designers of fine kitchen furniture & fixtures, has been imported from France into North America exclusively by Purcell Murray Co. Each Château range or Cornuchef range is assembled by hand and by one person. This person will follow production through to the end and finalize every last detail. Each kitchen range is monitored, controlled and tested at all the stages of production. They tell you that even if you happen to be the Queen of England, you will have to wait at least two months for your Château La Cornue. www.lacornue.com
Liebherr Refrigerators--Founded in 1949, Liebherr is a privately held group of international companies. Its domestic appliance division, established in 1954, specializes in engineering and manufacturing high efficiency, top-quality refrigerators and freezers of which nearly 1.4 million units are exported worldwide annually. In 2004, Liebherr launched its first official manufacturer supported marketing of products to the U.S. market. Initial product offerings in the U.S. include built-in and free-standing cabinet depth refrigerator/freezers and wine coolers (wine chillers) . The Dual Refrigeration System facilitates optimal conditions in both the Refrigerator and Freezer whereby separate silent compressors ensure accurate temperature and humidity control. The Liebherr Group’s holding company is Liebherr-International AG in Bulle, Switzerland, which is entirely owned by members of the Liebherr family. They also manufacturer construction equipment. www.liebherr-appliances.com
The Regency VSA brand of high-end household appliances was introduced to the North American market by two sister Australian companies Craig & Seeley and Vulcan Dishlex in 1987. They offer beautifully designed and well engineered cooking appliances and stainless steel interior dishwashers. Regency was first to introduce things such as an interior light inside a dishwasher, combination hot & cold fill dishwasher, a true fan forced convection gas built in oven, full width trivet gas glass cooktops. Regency VSA is no longer imported into the USA or Canada.
AEG Appliances--aka Electrolux, Swedish appliance manufacturer AB Electrolux acquired the AEG household appliance line in 1994. AEG...Advanced Engineering from Germany. AEG is renowned for it's innovative quality products and engineeering excellence. Washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, coffee machines, ovens, microwave ovens. modular cooking units, gas cooktops, ceramic cooktops, induction cooktops, vent canopies, and rangehoods. Throughout Europe, AEG-Electrolux stands for high-quality appliances that combine top performance with excellent German design. Perfekt in Form und Funktion is more than a slogan, it is weird spelling !. www.aeg.com
Verona Appliances--The Verona brand of hand-made, quality cooking appliances is now available in North America. Designed and manufactured in Italy, the Verona name has been associated with durable and beautiful European professional appliances since 1958. Verona ranges, ovens, cook-tops and ventilation are featured in designer kitchens throughout Europe. Verona manufacturers kitchen ranges, both electric and gas, electric cooktops and wall ovens in stainless steel. Verona Appliances also makes glass top cooktops. www.veronaappliances.com
La Germania kitchen products combine stylish Italian design with superior performance in cooking ranges and built in stoves and cook tops. With a choice of gas or dual fuel models and a range of finishes and versatile features. Bertazzoni S.p.a was founded by Francesco Bertazzoni, in 1882 and originally produced scales. They moved into producing cookers around the turn of the century. Exports began in 1960 to Cyprus and the Mediterranean and today, laGermania is sold all over the world. www.lagermania.it
Candy Appliances--this Italian company has been making household appliances since 1945. Candy is a popular line of household appliances in Italy. Candy has introduced the "Plan" line of steel ovens, dishwashers, cooking surfaces, microwaves and kitchen exhaust covers for a cohesive and easy care kitchen. The website is rather "nuts and bolts" as I suspect the appliances are. Probably well made and easy to find parts for.. www.candy.it
Martin Bulthaup-- 1949 Martin Bulthaup founds the Martin Bulthaup furniture factory in Bodenkirchen, near Aich (Lower Bavaria). Today they make very high tech kitchens they call Kitchen Architecture, System 20 and System 25 to ensure a pleasurable cooking experience and superior quality of life, they say. The make Euro Style kitchens www.bulthaup.com
Indesit Company is one of the top three household appliance manufacturers in Europe, producing and distributing more than 14 million units
worldwide every year. These are its main brands: Ariston, Indesit, Hotpoint and
Wolf Appliance Company--Wolf Ranges--In 1987 Wolf Range Company, a recognized manufacturer of commercial cooking equipment since 1938, launched their residential series of products known as Wolf Gourmet. In 2000, Wolf Range Company's parent company sold the Wolf Gourmet name & rights to develop and produce Wolf branded residential Wolf Range appliances to Sub Zero Freezer Company. The acquisition by Sub Zero created the Wolf Appliance Company. www.wolfrange.com
Israel and Household Appliances : A good page on the ins and outs of importing or buying locally appliances in Israel:
Appliance Magazine--an industry magazine covering the household appliance industry worldwide. www.appliancemagazine.com
G K's German Kitchen LLC is located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and has, for 14 years, made a lasting impression on kitchen design by importing and installing European fine kitchen cabinets, & furniture. GK's products are made in Germany and manufacture red under the highest quality standards. They make both traditional wood cabinets with beautiful detail and sleek modern contemporary fitted kitchens. Some of their partners include: Miele, Kueppersbusch, Hans Grohe, Dornbracht, Blanco, Villeroy & Boch, Duravit, Kesseboehmer, Kludi. The German Kitchens website has a slideshow of various kitchen installations and contact info. www.german-kitchen.com
Fake it--consider having new contemporary doors put on your existing kitchen cabinet frame work. Kitchen cabinet refacing--a different option to give your kitchen a new look at a low cost. What they do is put new classy doors on your old cabinet frames. It can make a huge difference and is a good choice for a new look if you are basically happy with the cabinet configuration. Click Here to Request Information Now
An entertaining website to say the least, gives you an indication of the level of creativity of Strato Kitchen Design, an Italian company. The emphasis is on door to door architecture and how one contacts this company remains a mystery to me even after spending quite some time on the website. Marco Gorini appears to be the designer behind this ultra sophisticated approach to kitchen design and website frustration. www.stratocucine.com
Composit Kitchens, Italian Kitchens of Life. Be sure to un-block pop-ups to see this website. It is loaded with stylish slideshow photos of modern Italian Kitchens. The translations in the English version are somewhat funny. www.composit.it
HausScape is a new alternative for architects, interior designers, and customers looking for very cool modern, contemporary furniture and fitted European kitchens. They are located in the Miami, FL area and you must visit their showroom or download a PowerPoint set of images. www.hausscape.com
Euromobils Progetto Multisystem for kitchens is designed to satisfy the many tastes and lifestyle needs of todays society, Progetto Multisystem has put an end to the closed systemlogic of the traditional model of kitchen by creating the free space of an open system where everything can be combined with everything. The extensive range includes 221 front panels,48 frames, 10 types of handles in five sizes with15 finishes and a large range of accessories. The numerous alternatives can be combined in countless ways, providing an infinite choice of possibilities.
You can spend hours and hours on the forums and reading the articles at www.kitchens.it This Italian site is totally about kitchens and kitchen design, and you can see it all in English. Wonderful site !!
Our small Italian style home has a kitchen with custom cabinets made to coordinate with the wood molding around the windows and doors. Since it is a basically one room structure, the harmony between the wood kitchen cabinets and the many windows and oversized 10ft. French doors is a good thing.
Downsview Kitchens, A Canadian company makes products with an Old World Italian look. It is called Downsview Kitchens and shows sleek contemporary styling and is available through interior design showrooms.
Miele--The European Miele line of appliances has been featured in home building magazines for many years.
Fisher and Paykel--manufacture AeroTech ovens with sophisticated cooking modes. Many of their kitchen appliances come in stainless steel including the Dish Drawer Dishwasher. www.Fisher and Paykel.com
LG makes a refridgerator/Freezer with a easy access tilting freezer drawer. LG home appliances can be seen at www.LGappliances.com
Five Star Ranges--For upscale USA made commercial style stoves checkout Five Star Ranges that come with side by side gas and electric ovens. www.fivestarrange.com
Italian wood flooring is available from Listone Giordano at www.Margaritelli.com
German Kitchens and Appliances
Martin Bulthaup--Not Italian but near Italy, 1949 Martin Bulthaup founds the Martin Bulthaup furniture factory in Bodenkirchen, near Aich (Lower Bavaria). Today they make very high tech kitchens they call Kitchen Architecture, System 20 and System 25 to ensure a pleasurable cooking experience and superior quality of life, they say. www.bulthaup.com
Poggenpohl--For more than 110 years, the German company Poggenpohl has become the most well-known kitchen brand in the world. Poggenpohl has been exporting its products to more than 50 countries for many years now and commands a strong global presence. See www.poggenpohl.de and click the English link on bottom left for the English language version of the Poggenpohl site. Poggenpohl, world renown leaders in high-performance European luxury kitchen design and manufacturing. They are now a division of Nobia Group...see below.
Nobia is Europe's leading kitchen company
with sales of approximately SEK 10 billion and around 6,200 employees. The Nobia Group
owns a number of well-known brands with strong positions in the Nordic countries, Germany
and the United Kingdom. Sales are made mainly through specialized kitchen studios. Nobia
leads the modernization of the kitchen industry - on the one hand with an industrial
approach, which includes co-ordination of production and purchasing as well as internal
benchmarking, and on the other hand through meeting its customers in a modern and
consumer-oriented fashion. Nobia Groupis a
multi-billion dollar Swedish conglomerate with 17 international kitchen and bath cabinet
Nolte--German kitchens can be had from Nolte Kitchens. See German craftsmanship at www.noltiekitchens-usa.com in English or lots or photos, music, and voice (annoying) of languages including English at www.nolte-kuechen.de
Küppersbusch--Founded in 1875 by Friedrich
Küppersbusch, Küppersbusch has continually refined and perfected its production
capabilities without turning its back on traditional kitchen craftsmanship and attention
to detail. The heart of the Küppersbusch kitchen design philosophy is simple
"Personalization". By combining a wide selection of styles, functions and
features, Küppersbusch has integrated fashion, function and technology to create unique
kitchen environments that are designed to reflect the lifestyle and personality of the
homeowner. Küppersbusch is your specialist brand for built-in kitchen appliances, See
this worldwide company -- www.kuppersbuschusa.com
Concrete Decor Magazine--To learn more trade tips on making concrete countertops or find a pro to do it for you, see ConcreteDecor Magazine. www.concretedecor.com
For Vintage looking appliances with brand new technology, see Elmira Stove Works. They are made in Canada. www.elmirastoveworks.com
Van Dyke's Restorers--Old world style kitchen fixtures and fittings can be ordered from Van Dyke's Restorers. They specialize in house parts and hardware that is very hard to locate. They even offer kitchen appliances that look like old time models. Other kitchen items like kitchen lighting, hooks, & drawer pulls are a specialty. www.vandykes.com
Appliances and Kitchens in the UK
Creda, a well known manufacturer and brand name in the United Kingdom since the early 1900's, began exporting their product to Creda Inc. (its established U.S based sales and marketing entity) in 1986. Back then, the Creda brand was best known for its introduction of the first gas glass cooktop, along with electric halogen Creda ceramic cooktops and the extremely well designed and popular 60 cm single and double TruClean® wall ovens. In 1999, Creda suspended its distribution to North America in an effort to focus on further development of its core market, the United Kingdom and Western Europe. Although there is no current sales network in North America, Creda has continued to support customer needs by appointing ADCO as its exclusive service parts distributor for the U.S. and Canada. www.adcoservice.com/creda.html
Moben--Cargo a supremely versatile freestanding kitchen system that can be used with any door front and a range of appliances. Shown here with Falcon professional stainless steel appliances from Moben Kitchens. Moben Kitchens offers quality, innovative design and exceptional value for money, and with over 200 showrooms nationwide, you're assured of the highest quality service. www.moben.co.uk
In the UK, Bianco lavanda is available from Idea Italia who is renowned for its stylish designs, with Italian kitchen manufacturer Lube creating flexible and functional products.
Home Style Kitchens--Chelsea is the ultimate in modern design, with classic cathedral styling in white wood grain effect vinyl. Complemented by dove grey coachlines on the raised and fielded centre panel and outer edges. Home Style Kitchens offer a range of the finest designs to match your taste and lifestyle. Take advantage of their free planning and designing service. www.homestylekitchens.co.uk
Clayton from Kitchens Direct
is a modern range of appliances. At Kitchens Direct, they have a complete range of top
brand, fully integrated appliances, including state-of-the-art stainless steel.
Bella Designer Kitchens--Color coordinated factory-assembled designer kitchens in over 50 ranges. Bespoke, contemporary and painted. Nationwide delivery. Huge range of granite and wood worktops. www.belladesignerkitchens.co.uk
Kitchen Design and Layout
Choosing the right kitchen isn't always a question of taste.
Personal preferences clash with the spatial characteristics of the room every time. In
fact, not only the space available but the shape of the room can vary a lot creating
doubts for anyone who isn't familiar with all the possible arrangements.
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