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Distinctive visual appeal and an impressive range of features are why many homeowners choose Smeg

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It can be easy to lose sight of the main purpose of a kitchen, when the focus of modern design is to turn this utilitarian area into a living space. Architectural features such as an island are great for socialising and managing work flow but what about essentials such as appliances? How do they fit into a new scheme?

For the owners of this kitchen, choosing a range of functional appliances that enhanced the look of their kitchen proved an easy decision.

"We particularly wanted a double oven and when we saw the shiny, innovative pieces from Smeg's Piano Series we were sold. We wouldn't go back on our decision," say the owners.

The kitchen hadn't been altered since the house was built 23 years ago. As part of the renovation they decided the new open-plan look required sleek, quality appliances such as the Smeg Piano Series 60cm double oven. It has fan and conventional settings, defrosting function, wide grill element and distinctive stainless steel exterior.

A striking feature of this kitchen is the vibrant red splashback behind the hob. So it was important to choose a compatible rangehood with a sculptural appearance. The clean lines of the Smeg Piano Series 90cm rangehood are just part of its appeal. The four-speed fan, high extraction capacity, timer and easy-clean filters ensure cooking odours are cleared quickly and efficiently.

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Beneath the rangehood, the Smeg Piano Series 60cm ceramic hob has stainless steel pivoted controls to match the benchtops and appliances. With an automatic lighted display for plate power and programmable cooking for each zone, the ceramic hob is safe and simple to use.

"Appliances from Smeg have contributed to a functional and inviting kitchen," say the owners.

Also included in the Smeg Piano Series is a 60cm dishwasher, which features a full or half-load system.

For information about appliances from Smeg, visit websites:www.applico.co.nz orwww.trendsideas.com/applico .

First published date: 05 July 2005

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