High-end products may not fit every job, but they can offer impressive style inspiration.
BlueStar. The "Inspired by Marcus" line of ranges was developed for the home cook with celebrity chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson. The designs combine high performance with unique cooking features and aesthetics. The sleek, French-door configuration allows for easy loading and unloading restaurant chefs prefer, while a 12-inch French top provides variable heat zones for slow cooking, sauteing, and warming. The French top can be repalced with a 12-inch griddle, charbroiler, or two extra burners. Offering more power than other BlueStar ranges, the burner outputs range from 18,000 to 22,000 Btu. In addition to stainless steel, six metallic colors are available exclusively for the Inspired by Marcus collection. For a personal touch, each range comes with its own “Inspired by Marcus" signature plate, inscribed with the customer’s name. Available in 30- or 36-inch widths. 610.376.7479. www.bluestarcooking.com
Broan. Evolution Series undercabinet range hoods are available in three models that offer flexibility for all budgets without sacrificing features. All three models offer enhanced lighting and filters up to 40% larger than other models. Sloped bottom designs funnel smoke into the filters, while the smooths surfaces, an enclosed bottom, and dishwasher-safe filters reduce upkeep. Additionally, 40% sound reduction memans quieter operation.800.558.1711. www.broan.com.
Fireclay Tile. Incorporating more than 62% recycled materials, Debris Series recycled tile features a unique clay body that contains more post-industrial and post-consumer waste than any other tile on the market, the maker says. All materials are locally sourced by the manufacturer. Waste glass includes baghouse dust collected from local glass recyclers, granite dust from a neighboring quarry, and spent abrasives from the cleaning of city water pipes. The Debris series features a palette of more than 112 handmade, lead-free glazes. Choose from gloss or matte options. All of the maker's tiles contribute to LEED credits. 408.275.1182. www.fireclaytile.com.
Jado. Four new kitchen faucet designs - Basil (shown), Cayenne, Coriander, and Saffron - incorporate functionality with ergonomic designs suited to routine kitchen tasks like washing hands, filling pots, and rinsing the sink. All four styles feature drip-free ceramic disk valve cartridges and 8-inch spouts that swivel 150 or 180 degrees. The generous range of motion permits greater flexibility in spout placement for different tasks. The faucets also feature pull-down sprays with nylon or metal hoses. www.jadousa.com. 800.227.2734.
Kallista. The maker's first cast iron kitchen sink offers a dual-basin undermount design and sophisticated aesthetic. The shaped basins allow for a single-hole kitchen faucet with additional drillings to accommodate a soap or lotion dispenser and side spray. The unique single-hole drilling allows the space reserved for the faucet deck to be reclaimed by the basins, creating a roomy space. Measuring 33 inches wide and 9 inches deep, The sink can accommodate even large cookware. Made from 93% recycled or reclaimed materials, the sink is composed entirely of cast iron and finished in an ultra-thick layer of glossy enamel that is guaranteed not to chip, crack or burn. Two stainless steel bottom-basin racks help protect the finish, which is available in white, linen, or black. 888.452.5547. www.kallista.com.
LG Hausys. Manufactured with a minimum of 14 percent post-consumer recycled content, Deco Essential and Advantage LVT luxury resilient flooring offer the look of natural materials combined with the durability and longevity of vinyl. High-resolution digital imaging replicates stone and hardwood flooring. A UV-cured urethane surface protects against staining and soiling, for an easy-to-clean, low-mainteance flooring option. The Deco Essential and Advantage LVT collections are available in 42 different colors and styles featuring nine wood patterns, nine stone-look variations. The materials adhere directly to concrete or wood substrates, eliminating the threat of buckling, tearing, or gauging. 888.543.5872. www.lgfloors-usa.com.
Meyda. The Saturn inverted pendant is designed with a seafoam acrylic bowl shade and unique rust-finsihed accents below. The 31-inch-wide fixutre can be extended from a total height ranging from 37 to 67 inches, depending on ceiling height application. Energy-efficient lamping options are available. 800.222.4009. www.meyda.com.
Richelieu Hardware. The new collection of Dream Maple kitchen accessories comprises organizational and storage units for face frame and frameless cabinetry, featuring an anti-slip melamine in a maple finish. The product line includes blind corner organizers, pantry units, lazy Susans, and other units designed to optimize storage space, access, and work flow in the kitchen. The Dream Maple product line features chrome surroundings and soft-close mechanisms. Units are available in a range of sizes to accommodate cabinetry in any kitchen. 800.619.5446. www.richelieu.com.