Small appliances smarten up
Kettles, blenders and coffee machines are all devices that we generally appreciate in terms of their performance, but would prefer to hide away behind cabinet doors. Small appliances have a tendency to flaunt their potential dressed up in chromium-plated plastic with unnecessarily flashing displays.
The new minimalism trend calls them to reason. These days, our electrical aids have to show off their abilities as well as their aesthetic qualities. Toasters, mixers, hair dryers – any manufacturer that focuses on style is taking advantage of a unique selling proposition and serving a trend: we curate the few goods that we own and give them an unashamedly prominent position in our homes.
These days we expect good design in every detail, thereby challenging electronic companies to provide something beautiful for every purpose.
Small appliances can often be found grouped together, especially in kitchens: smoothie mixers, bread machines and soda makers all colonise our worktops. ©shutterstock
Free spaces and plain fronts: anything placed here is prominently visible. Well-designed small appliances do not disrupt the concept but become part of it. ©shutterstock