Written by Lou Lenzi, Director of Industrial Design for GE Appliances
While few of us really know our way around a professional kitchen, a lot of people like to be surrounded by that pro-kitchen look at home. The “pro” signature design details are obvious. Handles the size of a stove pipe (slight exaggeration here), barrel-size burner knobs, and crisp, folded and welded corners, all rendered in industrial strength stainless steel. It’s clearly aspirational for a lot of us wannabe chef’s and we kind of like the visual presence it creates in any kitchen.
So we’ve decided to take this aesthetic one step further and created this unique French door built-in wall oven.
Introduced last June in our GE Monogram product line, it would be a natural if you saw it in the kitchen of your corner pastry shop. We did, however decide to domesticate this design a bit in order to make it more consumer-friendly. After all, while we aspire to pro-status, not everyone is willing to give up certain conveniences. With that in mind, we did two things not typically found in true pro-products. We linked the doors together so they both open and close simultaneously, and we put a handle on each door – for either right hand or left hand operation. Good usability begins with great engineering. And speaking of great engineering, despite the big challenge of sealing two doors, we didn’t sacrifice the popular self-cleaning feature.
The result is the best of both worlds – a professional looking wall oven with the features and conveniences our customers expect in a high-end product.
Are you ready to go pro? Or is this a look best left at the bake shop?