Major Appliances- Hot Times
In this area, several of the industry heavies have stepped up with product designed to firmly fix the kitchen's position as the center of the household.
"Manufacturers recognize lifestyle in many ways," says Notini. "For example, the concept of universal design has made its way into appliances. Manufacturers are making designs that can accommodate all abilities and physical requirements."
One of the most familiar brands of premium appliance is the Viking Range Corporation. But Dave Becker, vice president of culinary products at the manufacturer, says the industry focus on bringing CE into the kitchen, particularly Internet-ready refrigerators, is a trend his company is not ready to embrace just yet.