GE Appliances put its new mass-premium-market-targeted Café Matte Series brand, covered in August at its NYC introduction on this website (https://www.dealerscope.com/article/ges-cafe-matte-collection-aims-at-the-mass-premium-appliance-buyer/) , at center stage during last week’s NECO Alliance show – with a full roster of “designer curated hardware” - knob and handle choices including brushed stainless, brushed bronze, brushed copper and brushed black. Company spokesman Scott Price said one target for the line, due to its wealth of customization possibilities, is, in fact, the designer community.
Also on exhibit separately was a prototype (release date as yet unavailable) that had originally been shown at CES 2018 - a combination ventilation hood/Internet-connected touchscreen/TV called The Kitchen Hub. Price said the idea was for the Android-platform-based device to function as hub for all the kitchen’s smart appliances – including non-GE ones – as well as a source of recipes. It also features down-facing and front-facing cameras so that the cook can video chat or show someone at the other end of the chat what’s happening on the stove below it.