Colour, customisation, pyro and induction are set to be key trends for autumn/winter 2012, according to Linda Brander, spokesperson for Smeg. Find out more below.
Everyone wants a choice in appliance finishes. Stainless-steel remains the clear favourite but black, white and saturated colour are beginning to come through. Smeg is introducing black and white cooktops, ovens, uprights and dishwashers in these finishes together with the coloured enamel appliances designed by Marc Newson for Smeg - think rich yellow, mint green and peacock blue.
Earp Bros sees a clear trend towards colour in splash backs. Glass is a popular option but with the Crystal tiles from Earp Bros the look is achieved at a more attractive price than with colour-backed glass.
Cooking at home bigger than ever thanks to MasterChef and MKR. Consumers want appliances that reflect their culinary preferences - steam ovens. BBQ, teppanyaki plate, deep fryer etc. Smeg has compact ovens - steam, microwave/convection/grill that can be 'stacked' with regular sized ovens.
Also, the brand's Domino collection of 30cms cooktops (that include induction, gas, electric, BBQ, teppanyaki plate, deep fryer etc) can be installed side by side or retro fitted with existing cooktop.
Low maintenance is a key decision influencer. No-one wants to spend time cleaning an oven.
Pyrolysis technology automatically cleans the oven by means of extreme temperatures (during which the oven is locked and the outer door still remains safe to touch) which reduces all food and grease splatters to a fine dust on the floor of the oven (simply wipe up with a damp cloth). Smeg's pyrolytic ovens are enjoying strong sales as a result of this trend.
We were slow to adopt induction in Australia, but now we're beginning to understand how fast and versatile this type of heat is. The trend is gradually moving from gas to induction.
Looking for more design inspiration? Check out our guide to Bathroom Design Trends Autumn/Winter 2012