Samsung has collaborated with multidisciplinary artist Alex Proba on a limited-edition Bespoke refrigerator featuring a custom-designed abstract jungle print.
Refrigeration innovation abounds at this week’s abode show
By Alan Wolf, YSN
Holding true to the “kitchen” part of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), appliance makers have brought a full flotilla of refrigerators to this week’s big-ticket home goods event.
For LG Electronics, the emphasis is on its Signature Kitchen Suite luxury brand, which has expanded its refrigeration line with a first-of-its-kind 48-inch French door fridge. Features include dual compressors and a metal interior to help minimize temperature fluctuations; a convertible drawer with five preset temperature settings, from 41 to -6 degrees; fully adjustable door bins, “Lift and Go” drawers and indirect LED lighting; a dual ice maker with options for both conical- and spherical-shaped “Craft” ice; “Signature Fit” integrated design for proud or flush installation; and stainless steel and panel-ready exterior options.
Meanwhile, Samsung is bringing more than a splash of color to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center by extending its vibrant Bespoke collection of colorful finishes to the vendor’s line of French door fridges, including its centerpiece Family Hub. The new Bespoke models will be available in 3-door and 4-door configurations and two finishes: glass and steel. Glass color choices include clementine, sunrise yellow, pink, morning blue, charcoal, grey, and white, while steel finishes include emerald green, navy, Tuscan, matte black, and stainless steel. In addition, Samsung is offering a limited-edition 4-door Flex refrigerator featuring an abstract jungle print custom-designed by multidisciplinary artist Alex Proba.
Also making the scene is a new Frigidaire Gallery counter-depth four-door fridge with crisper drawers that keep produce fresher longer thanks to a built-in antioxidant filter that reduces ethylene gas and preserves produce color. The unit also features a “SpaceWise Organization system” for easy access to frequently used items. The system includes in-door condiment storage, a slide-under shelf to fit taller items, and a flexible bin that can be used as a crisper or open compartment, while a “Custom-Flex Temp Drawer” can convert from a fridge to a freezer with the press of a button to provide even more space for most-used items.
Likewise, Beko is bringing home the bacon when it comes to keeping fruit and vegetables fresh with its new “HarvestFresh” technology. The process uses three-color light to simulate the three primary sun patterns of the day: blue light at sunrise, to initiate photosynthesis; green light at midday to capture the strongest sunlight; and red light at sunset to prepare for evening. Now incorporated into its newest refrigerator line, HarvestFresh helps preserve the vitamins and minerals found in fresh produce, particularly vitamins A and C, to promote a healthy lifestyle.
To herald the new triple-light system, Beko will time the fridges’ sales floor debut to Summer Solstice (June 21), the longest day of the year. Select models will also feature “AeroFlow,” a new cooling system that minimizes temperature fluctuations within the fridge and between shelves through gentle air distribution. This advanced feature surrounds produce and other fresh food with evenly distributed cold air to keep it fresh and vivid for longer, Beko said.