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Contemporary kitchen with Smeg appliances

Crème de la crème


Every item in this show home is part of a story that spells out a clear message – this is a home without compromise.

The house is the first show home to be built in the newly developed Te Arai Estate, which features large country lots with spectacular views, just one hour and ten minutes north of the Auckland CBD.

In keeping with the rural location, the gabled form of the architecture references the look of traditional farm buildings, but the fixtures and fittings reflect the latest technological advances.

The developer, Southpark Corporation, chose appliances by Smeg for the kitchen. Project manager James Sax says the Smeg products are high-end appliances that complement the standard of specification throughout the home.

"We work closely with Smeg on all of our developments," Sax says. "The company understands this end of the market well, and the appliances, sales and service are world class."


The kitchen has a Smeg Linea 60cm stainless steel pyrolytic oven, with a generous cooking capacity of 79 litres. This self-cleaning multi-functional oven also features thermoseal technology for precise temperature control, and programmable memory settings.

The oven is teamed with a Smeg 60cm induction cooktop that has a distinctive bevelled edge and touch controls. Induction cooking offers many benefits, including extremely high energy efficiency and fast cooking times. Special functions of the cooktop include "boil water" and "keep warm" settings. This cooktop also has a large zone that can be used for pans of any size.

Steam and odours are removed quickly and quietly with the Smeg Classic 72cm powerpack. This ventilation unit features advanced sensor control that automatically senses and catches vapours, smoke and odours caused by the cooking process.

The four-speed motor has a maximum noise level of just 39dB. The hood comes with halogen lighting and can be used above a 90cm cooktop.

The kitchen also features the Smeg 60cm stainless steel freestanding dishwasher. This can accommodate 15 place settings and has a height-adjustable upper basket with three easy-glide levels.

The orbital wash system in the dishwasher consists of a double spray arm with contra-action rotation that distributes water evenly. This improves the quality of the wash and means less water is needed.

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First published date: 14 February 2014

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