Pragmatism, cohesion, and spatial intelligence are the foundations of excellence in contemporary kitchen design \u2013 one need not look further than the pages of Habitus to see for oneself. Regardless of designer, location and client, each exemplar of kitchen design is its own articulation of modern, minimalist, open-plan living. Topologies aside, what makes a space a kitchen and not a living room \u2013 as assimilated as they have become \u2013 is its utility. A kitchen is for cooking, at the end of the day, and its greatest asset will always be its fixtures and fittings.\r\n\r\nThe combi-steam oven was first domesticated by Gaggenau in 1999, resetting the bar for the culinary potential of private kitchens and cementing the brand\u2019s position as the industry\u2019s cr\u00e8me de la cr\u00e8me. Over the years, the combi-steam oven has gone through a number of technical, design, and performance iterations \u2013 one such being the ground-breaking addition of its fully automatic cleaning system in 2015.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGaggenau now brings the automatic cleaning system from the 400 series to the 200 series with a fixed water connection. By simply using a cleaning cartridge the combi-stem ovens\u2019 water supply effortlessly descales and removes any heavy soiling from the cavity interior. The innovative cleaning system is able to clean the entire oven with unrivalled hygiene, leaving it effortlessly pristine in less than four hours. The introduction of fixed water connections in both the 200 and 400 series combi-steam ovens\u2019 ensures that fresh water is constantly available \u2013 a vital feature when cooking for long periods of time using the ovens\u2019 sous-vide functionality.\r\n\r\nShowing its commitment to creating an aesthetically beautiful product, the combi-steam ovens 200 series joins the 400 series to include a full surface grill hidden behind ceramic glass, ensuring the cavity of the oven remains sleek and minimalist. \r\n\r\n\u201cWe believe that having the ability to cook like a professional is a statement of luxury that those who find enjoyment in culinary require,\u201d says Dr. Peter Goetz, global managing director for Gaggenau. With an unwavering commitment to domesticating the means of a professional kitchen, the brand maintains a regular exchange with internationally acclaimed chefs, sommeliers, interior designers and architects. This know-how is what fuels the engine of innovation. \u201cTwo decades of refinement and innovation has brought us to our new combi-steam ovens 400 and 200 series,\u201d says Peter.\r\n\r\nGaggenau\r\ngaggenau.com.au\r\nFeature image: the Gaggenau-fitted kitchen of C House by Design Collective Architects,\u00a02019 Habitus House of the Year finalist.