The art of dis­cre­tion

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The best de­signs solve a prob­lem. Find­ing space in the kitchen can cer­tainly be a chal­lenge, and it’s one that the Siemens iQ700 flexIn­duc­tion meets by in­te­grat­ing an ex­trac­tor into a hob. We par­tic­u­larly like this idea for hobs mounted on is­land units, as they al­low you to cook with­out a cum­ber­some ex­trac­tor ob­scur­ing your view.

Not to be out­done, Miele showed its new FL induction hob with ex­trac­tor, which can be in­te­grated into work sur­faces to cre­ate a sleek and stream­lined aes­thetic. It fea­tures Miele’s Con@ ctiv­ity 2.0 tech­nol­ogy – wire­less hob-to-hood com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­trol – so that the ex­trac­tion power of the hood ad­justs au­to­mat­i­cally.

Th­ese ideas may seem cut­ting edge, but in fact, Siemens and Miele are play­ing catch up. Bavar­ian cook­top man­u­fac­turer Bora has been in­te­grat­ing ex­trac­tors into its hobs since 2006, when Willi Bruck­bauer de­vel­oped and patented his first cook­top ex­trac­tor sys­tem, the Bora Pro­fes­sional. An in­no­va­tion for 2017 is the Bora Pro­fes­sional Revo­lu­tion 2.0, which has a me­chan­i­cal rather than elec­tri­cal sys­tem. This means that when a cook­ing zone is switched on, the cover flaps open au­to­mat­i­cally. At the end of the cook­ing process, the flaps close, and once again the cook­top is com­pletely flush.

This model also has a min­i­mum in­stal­la­tion height of just 199 mm, so it of­fers more free­dom for am­bi­tious kitchen de­sign – for in­stance, it can be in­stalled on a float­ing work­top.

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