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Is Silicon Valley Redefining the Luxury Kitchen?

March 6, 2014

The successful Silicon Valley-ite wastes neither time nor energy. At least, that’s the conclusion some would draw after inspecting four of the strongest kitchen trends seen in today’s luxury Silicon Valley homes. From cutting-edge appliances that shave minutes (or hours) off of dinner party prep work to custom cabinetry designed to work with the cook’s own natural processes, many kitchens in this high-tech area are marvels in culinary efficiency. And though these kitchens of course retain the sumptuous comfort you’d expect in a top-quality luxury home, they do so in an entirely new way. Here are just a few of the trends transforming the traditional kitchen:
User-friendly cabinetry. In some top-quality Silicon Valley homes, even the cabinets are user-friendly. And why not, in an era when everything else in our lives is designed to maximize convenience? Silicon Valley homeowners have taken control of their kitchens by detailing to their cabinet designers the manner in which they cook: the steps they take, and the ingredients most commonly reached for. In turn, expert cabinet-makers use that data to create ergonomic and innovative custom cabinets that enable their clients to move swiftly and effortlessly through their meal preparations.

Cutting-edge appliances. It’s no secret that Silicon Valley luxury kitchens amass a great quantity of expensive wines. This being the case, it should come as no surprise to learn that a wine refrigerator comes standard in many, if not most, of the luxury homes in the area. By cooling and storing wine at the perfect prescribed temperature for the vintage, homeowners can ensure that even visiting dignitaries can enjoy each glass in its optimal conditions—even if they pop by unannounced. Combined with high-end speed ovens that cook quickly without sacrificing quality, Silicon Valley kitchens are among the most efficient in the nation.
Solar-powered skylights. Speaking of efficiency, consider the solar-powered skylight: now a fixture in many top Silicon Valley kitchens. This skylight doesn’t just let the sun in—it ushers in the day’s fresh air by opening and closing of its own accord, depending on weather. Self-charging and operated by sun energy only, it opens when it’s sunny, closes when it’s raining, and makes overhead kitchen lighting merely a once-in-a-while energy expenditure. All while delivering fresh air into the kitchen, waking up appetites and brightening up mornings.

Task lighting. But what if the sun isn’t shining at the exact moment you need to chop garlic? For such an activity, Silicon Valley luxury kitchens instead rely on task lighting: lighting that serves a specialized purpose. After all, why should a Valley-ite labor at chopping leeks in less than ideal light, when LED lighting under cabinets can illuminate the way to culinary greatness? And for small groups casually dining at the central island, drop pendant lighting provides an intimate feel that shines even after the sun has set. A device for every occasion—with no energy wasted. Pretty perfect for Silicon Valley, no?

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