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How these new appliances make it easy to get a designer look at home

Original article by Home MAGAZINE

Fisher & Paykel chief industrial designers discuss the brand’s latest releases and how you can customise your kitchen with these integrated and modular appliances 

Customisable refrigerators

Mark Haydon, Fisher & Paykel’s chief designer for refrigeration, discusses the new ‘Column’ refrigeration range

Tell us about the ‘Column’ concept.

It’s a range of refrigerators and freezers in varying widths that can be tailored to suit a customer’s preferences. The single units can be placed side by side or separated if required. The door can be stainless steel, or a custom-made panel can be applied so that the product is hidden away and blends into its surroundings.

What were you trying to solve?

Column refrigeration is a well-defined product sector overseas, but we felt we had our own unique perspective on what ‘class-leading refrigeration’ should look like. The result is a beautifully designed and engineered refrigeration range that has received fantastic feedback and accolades both at home and abroad.

What do these products do that others don’t?

We know that customers love the idea of independent compartments inside their fridge. We also know that different food requires different storage temperatures – so we developed a system that offers both. Each fridge and freezer has variable temperature zones, each with three different food modes that can be easily changed with the touch of a button.

Tell us about the design of the interior.

We wanted the interior fit-out to reflect the same qualities found in the beautiful kitchen environments in which they will be placed. This meant balancing high-quality materials, such as a full stainless steel interior, with beautiful usability and an LED lighting scheme that enhances the overall sense of space.

What does this refrigeration concept provide for designers?

The freedom to decide how to adapt these products in a way that works seamlessly with any plan.