Bosch appliances invited me and a few other notable kitchen designers and bloggers to Irvine, CA, to show us their entire kitchen suite of appliances. Dwell was in attendance and provided the design narrative for the event as well as showing us the appliances in relation to other parts of the kitchen and home.
Long known for their washer/dryers and dishwashers, including the quietest dishwasher available in North America, Bosch also offers a a complete line of refrigerators, ovens, steam ovens, microwaves, cooktops, ranges and hoods.
Bosch power tools are a favorite of mine, and after seeing their wireless charging units at the World of Concrete this year, I’m convinced they are one of the most innovative tool companies around. After seeing what Bosch appliances shared this week, I’m not surprised they are the same company. Their innovations in appliance design and advancements in technology were awesome to see. The first cool product was their downdraft ventilation system that is made to help ventilate a cooktop on an island. No exhaust hood needed.
In addition to seeing their latest products, we actually got to use them to make lunch! My cooking skills haven’t advanced much since college, which means I don’t make much more than ramen and eggs, but Bosch paired us with Bosch team members so we had an experienced hand by our side. My partner was Nitasha who was a Bosch brand manager and she knew exactly what to do when we were chosen to make a meringue tart dessert.
It was my first time using an induction cooktop. It heated up quickly and the only heat emanating from our workstation was from the pot. The surrounding cooktop was cool and when we were done, the entire surface was easily wiped clean.
Bosch had professional chefs on hand to monitor our progress and they really did an amazing job with prep and getting our food ready to plate.
It was one of the best lunches I’ve had at any media event and it was fun to discuss how we made it. Some of the other attendees used the steam oven and others used the gas and induction ranges.
The Bosch steam oven was a real eye opener for me. Janne of Bosch gave a great demonstration as she cooked a full meal of chicken and rice in the steamer. It looked delicious! The steam keeps the meat moist and is a healthier way to cook vegetables as opposed to frying them. Vegetables also retain more nutrients when they are steamed compared to boiling.
The steam oven comes with a variety of cooking pans, racks and a cookbook to help you get started. There is a self-contained water container that loads directly into the unit. Just fill it before you start cooking and you are good to go. No water line required.
If you are seeking a German engineered product with European styling, Bosch is the way to go. Dishwashers and refrigerators are available in stainless steel as well as a variety of colors and panels to match your kitchen. You can also go with or without the Bosch nameplate. I’d characterize Bosch appliances as understated but effective, stylish and functional, refined not flashy.
I’m looking forward to seeing Bosch continue to expand in the North American market and hope to bring you more news from them as they innovate and grow. Check out the full lineup of Bosch appliances on their website.
Here are more photos from the event.
We’re always inspired by Dwell wanted to pull together some of our favorite kitchens that have graced their pages. Enjoy and we look forward to updating you from the event. You can also follow along at #BoschModernKitchen on Instagram and Twitter.
We’ve lived in a small kitchen for 15 years and I love it. I actually enjoy having everything within arms reach (literally). I am over having to store pots and pans inside our oven and using the top of our refrigerator as storage, but otherwise what’s not to love about small kitchens.
To make the most of the small kitchens we’ve had in New York and now LA, we’ve had to come up with a few tricks. These tricks have evolved now that we have a toddler in the house but having a small kitchen also works well for him.
Here’s how we make the most of our tiny kitchen. You won’t find these tips in Martha Stewart but they work for us.
Use Your Oven
When not in use, your oven is basically a big empty cabinet (with racks). You can use it to store cast iron pots and pans, but nothing else. I’ve made the mistake of turning on the oven with an apron and rubber mits in there. Not a good discovery. Beware of plastic pot and pan handles. We only store our Le Creuset and cast-iron pan. Use this tip at your own risk. I’m sure we could find better alternatives but we’re used to the convenience now.
The Elfa System
We made a custom Elfa drawer system to fit some very narrow spaces. They are very utilitarian looking but they are extremely effective. There are no moving parts as the drawers and trays slide along tracks.
Additional refrigerator shelves and trays help to organize and make use of the entire height and depth of the fridge. The trays slide out so we can easily access what’s in the back and the shelves help us to stack items and make use of taller areas.
Hooks and Magnets
Keeping stuff off the countertop is the key to having enough kitchen counter workspace. There’s no room for a knife butcher block and measuring cups and spoons take up too much room in the cupboards. Use magnet strips to hang knives and hooks to hold measuring spoons. If you’ve got the ceiling height, use it to hang your pots and pans.
Shadows are always a problem in a small kitchen as the lighting is always small. It’s tough to see when you are cooking when you are obstructing the only light in the kitchen. Install under cabinet lighting and consider other lighting solutions for your kitchen beyond the overhead lights.
Keep Non-Essentials Out
Store china, champagne glasses, special mugs and other non-essential kitchen gear, outside of your kitchen. You don’t need it to take up valuable space on your kitchen shelves for items you use everyday.
Edit Your Appliances
If you only use that toaster oven once a month, get rid of it. Use that valuable space on the countertop for something else. Opt for a magic bullet instead of a blender. Ditch the coffee maker and go with an Aeropress. There are a lot of replacements for appliances that we don’t need and that frankly work better.
These tips can apply to kitchens of all sizes as you try to make the most use of your space.
Instantly upgrade your bathroom with a curved shower rod. It’s not only small bathrooms that benefit from having more space in the shower area. Curved shower rods provide more room to maneuver while taking a shower, without infringing on the bathroom space.
Many luxury hotels have already caught onto this minor detail and Moen now offers curved shower rods as a single or double rod. You can install them using permanent or tension mounts so they will work in any bathroom.
Single Curved Shower Rods
Provide up to 7½ inches of additional elbow room
Adjust to fit shower enclosures between 54 and 72 inches, with no cutting required
Double Curved Shower Rods
Add up to 5½ inches of additional elbow room
The double bar design can be used in two ways
Utilize separate bars for the shower liner and decorative curtain
When the two curtains are hung together on the interior bar, the outer bar can be used to hang towels or other essentials
Adjust to fit shower enclosures between 57 and 60 inches, with no cutting required
Tension-Mount — Homeowners and renters will love this hassle-free mounting style that installs and removes effortlessly
Single Tension Curved Shower Rods
Provide up to 5½ inches of additional shower space — without drilling holes
Easy-to-follow three-step installation system does not require any tools or assembly — simply expand the rod, add tension and snap on the decorative covers
Adjust from 57 to 60 inches to accommodate a variety of shower sizes
Benefits of Moen Curved Shower Rods
The curved design moves the shower curtain liner away from your body, creating a more comfortable experience
Decorative covers add style to the bath, while also concealing mounting hardware and drill holes from previous shower rods
Most feature pivoting flanges which provide an easy, secure installation on inconsistent or uneven wall surfaces
Available in a variety of finishes: Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Old World Bronze to complement a variety of bath fixtures and décor
Made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel for reliable durability
Fit standard shower curtains, liners and rings
For a finishing touch, double shower curtain rings are available in popular finishes to match any style
The offset hook design separates the decorative curtain from the liner, while hiding the liner from view
The open ring design makes it easy to switch out the shower curtain and liner
Smooth-rolling ball bearings eliminate snagging, tugging and pulling of the curtain
Limited Lifetime Warranty*
Visit Moen.com for more details.]]>
My sister Jackie and her friend Becky recently built an awesome cooler stand from pallets that they gave to my other sister as a gift. I was amazed by the craftsmanship and detail they put into this stand and I can imagine the possibilities of painting the stand based on a team color which would make it the ultimate weekend football accessory.
Becky and Jackie have taken some step-by-step photos which are fairly easy to follow along but it will take some engineering on your part to work out the dimensions in regards to your individual cooler and the pallet lumber that you are working with.
Everything depends on the size of the ice cooler. The ice cooler that is a straight up rectangle works the best because the chest is built around the cooler rather than the ice cooler fitting the chest.
Follow this project from the photos and you’ll be on your way to cool brews from your own cooler stand.
Project credit: Becky Fajardo and Jackie Fortier]]>
Ever wonder what tools your favorite DIYers, artists and craftsman use? How they organize their workshops?
Tool Crave goes behind the scenes and provides insight on your favorite makers. We wall want to know what tools they really use when the cameras are off and they have a job to do, Tool Crave has the answers.
They’ve already interviewed such notables as Mark Clement of MyFixItUpLife, Clint DeBoer of Pro Tool Reviews, Kit Stansley of DIY Diva, and Bob Vila. New profiles and photos are posted weekly and you can nominate a friend or family member who is an amazing maker.
Tool Crave is a new venture from Timothy Dahl, current founder and editor of Charles & Hudson/Built by Kids and formerly of ELLE DECOR and This Old House. He has always been fascinated with tools and Tool Crave gives him an opportunity to interview his friends and colleagues, as well as meet new makers and find out what tools make them tick.
Here are their stories.
Energy was as high as ever at this years show and there was a ton to see. We’ve covered both shows in the past but this year was different.
Enjoy all of our photos of the show and feel free to use, provided you give proper attribution and a link.
The Dremel VersaTip butane soldering torch (along with the Dremel VersaFlame) is opening up a new category for Dremel as they look to take over your entire hobby tool drawer. Our Dremel tools are in constant use, and this VersaTip soldering torch opens up a ton of possibilities.
Once filled with butane, it will burn for up to 75 minutes at 1022° F – 2192° F. That’s hot enough to accomplish a ton of tasks including, soldering, melting, hot cutting, welding, shrinking, pyrography, and paint removal.
It fits easily in your hand and the precise soldering tip is easy to control. The convenience of having a cordless soldering tip is huge and we can’t wait to have more fun with pyrography as we enjoyed burning this logo for the Webby Awards last year.
The Dremel VersaTip comes in a 14 piece kit that offers 7-in-1 capability.
We’re big fans of Dremel tools and have enjoyed seeing their line expand over the years. The Dremel 8220 cordless is on the top of the tool pile and we’ve found extremely useful. Same goes for the Multi-Max and Saw-Max.
They recently launched a couple of butane tools, the VersaTip and the VersaFlame.
The Dremel VersaFlame is a mini-torch. Anytime you need instant heat, you just fire it up and its ready to go. It comes with a 9 piece kit shown here that includes multiple tips and can be used for soldering, stencil cutting, leather crafting, wood burning and sealing cut plastic rope and cords.
The VersaFlame is useful for camping, DIY and any type of hobby.
Burn time is up to 75 minutes on a full tank and it reaches temps of 1022°F – 2192°F.
Read more about the Dremel VersaFlame and check out our quick video below.]]>
If you love tools, trucks and heavy equipment you would love this show.
Here are all of our photos from the show to include rigs from Mack Truck, Peterbilt, Ford, Kenworth, Ram Trucks, Caterpillar, Kubota, John Deere, Case and Hitachi. Tools include Makita, Bosch and Hilti.
More follow up posts soon. Click on a photo for a larger view.