Samsung’s new Cube Refrigerator series is a modern take on the traditional compact fridge.

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Although the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is still two weeks away, Samsung Electronics unveiled a host of innovative new appliance designs at this week’s CES consumer tech confab in Las Vegas.

Touting a new category of “lifestyle appliances,” the company showcased four new kitchen products that could actually be at home just about anywhere in the house. Representative of its new modular approach to design, Samsung’s debut Cube Refrigerator series is a modern take on the traditional compact fridge. Available in three models – Wine, Beer and Beauty – and offered in a variety of contemporary colors, these stackable compartments feature a special cooling technology that makes them quiet enough to even be placed in the bedroom.

Also developed for multiroom use is the Portable Slim Double Induction. The unit features two induction burners (each with nine different power levels) that can function separately or as one larger surface, making it easy to prepare meals in the room of your choice.

More conventional is its new full-size Bespoke refrigerator, another modular design that allows consumers to customize the look and even the functions of their fridge through the creative use of colors and materials, and by employing Samsung’s Flex Zone technology, which allows owners to change a compartment from a fridge to a freezer.

Elsewhere, Samsung stepped into an entirely new category: footwear care. Its new Show Care System is described as a single convenient device that deodorizes, dehumidifies and dries your most valuable fashion investments to help them last longer, look better and feel fresher.

Also at CES, Samsung is showcasing an updated version of its Family Hub fridge. Now in its fifth year, the smart refrigerator boasts AI-enhanced cameras to identify the contents inside; improved meal planning and recipe suggestions tailored to personal preference; and a new level of control to the connected home through the company’s SmartThings platform.

“Our goal is to develop home appliances designed for the way we live now — appliances that blend modern design with innovative new technologies,” said Harry Choi, Samsung’s Senior Vice President, Digital Appliance Design Team & Lifestyle Labs. “With these products, that’s exactly what we’re giving our consumers — the ability to choose from several home appliances that make their home lives more convenient, more connected, and more meaningful.”