The Invisible Hood
Every once in a while I come across new products in the kitchen and bath industry that truly amaze and impress me. Other times I go to the Kitchen and Bath show and get a lot less than I expect. Leave it to the Europeans to change this. We have not fully arrived here in the states on what I feel is available in the european market. You have the Japanese that are obsessed with toilets (TOTO), the Germans fanatical with faucets (Grohe), and the Italians to thank for their sleek cabinetry (Snaidero). It is a necessity to stay on top of new products and expand your knowledge of trends and offerings in order to be a service to your clients. That is why I emphasize clients hire a designer who specializes in kitchen design when designing this complicated piece of your home. Your kitchen is not only your home’s largest piece of furniture, but it is your home’s workhorse. Appliances, plumbing systems, lighting, electrical are just a few of the elements that are involved in designing a kitchen.
Every so often I get a kitchen project that lacks the need for a hood – not functionally of course – but asthetically. Either the kitchen is very small or the line of cabinets are broken up by this large piece of equipment. Of course you need one to function – especially if you are cooking with a gas range. I have tried some of the smaller under cabinet range hoods to no success. Some of them can be ok when used with an electric or induction cooktop but I won’t risk using one for a gas cooktop. I have also tried the pop up hoods that you see and they can be awkard for a client to use and get used to. I thought that I had exhausted my options – That is until I found the Airone Aida Hidden Range Hood.
The Airone Aida can actually be hidden in one’s wall cabinets, which is something I thought I would never see but desired this kind of product for my clients all the time (duh why didn’t I think of that). The visible ducting is almost non-existent, and the separate remote motor actually sits in the ducting, which takes that amount of noise away from the kitchen, not to mention the sizeable bulk of the motor itself. Even so, this unit will extract kitchen fumes at a rate from 800 to 2,000 cubic meters per hour. That works out to somewhere between two and five times as powerful as the typical track home under-cabinet hood.
What I love about it is the design possibilities are limitless now (well almost.) No bulky hood to distract away from a minimal sleek kitchen. What a clever use of space now above the hood cabinet – where you usually store random holiday mugs around the exhaust pipe.
Remember when designing a kitchen – that knowledge and expertise count. Hire someone who specializes in kitchen design. Milk & Honey Design specializes in custom kitchens and remodels of all sizes and budgets. You can love your home again.