As cities grow, population increases and people move to live closer to work, space becomes restricted in dense suburbs. Reflected in the size per dwelling, having space is considered a luxury – compelling a lot of designers and architects to look for solutions that accommodate the change in lifestyles.
This led to the rise in open plan living, where the kitchen, dining and living spaces flow into one. Encouraging architects and residents to rigorously consider the function of each space, the residential sector has seen an uprise in multifunctional design and individualisation.
For this reason, today’s kitchens are not just a place for cooking; it is a place for kids to do their homework, for the family to congregate and eat dinner, or a place to socialise and entertain. Transformed to become a site of technological advancements, avant-garde materials, luxuriant design and supreme functionality, the kitchen has become the hub of personal and familial lives.
In order to find the ideal cooking solution for the home, no matter the size, it can be tempting to compromise between aesthetics and functionality. Based on the size of the benchtop or on personal cooking styles and cuisines, Gaggenau’s modular kitchen solution ensures that the kitchen is still the heart of the home without any compromises.
Founded in 1683, in the Black Forest region of Germany, Gaggenau has a rich heritage in designing and manufacturing domestic appliances with timeless beauty and functional aestheticism. With over three centuries of experience, Gaggenau has cultivated an extensive portfolio of appliances to meet everyone’s needs with one thing in mind: enabling culinary perfection in the home kitchen.
Drawing inspiration from the professional kitchen and injecting those characteristics into every facet of its appliances, Gaggenau continues to pave the way for authenticity in form, function and innovation. This is evident in Gaggenau’s two modular kitchen solutions; the Vario 200 series and the Vario 400 series. These two modular systems have been designed around the ideology that even though the cooking area in a kitchen may be limited, culinary ambitions do not have to be.
Vario cooktops 400 series
Offering a professional culinary experience for the private kitchen, the modular Vario 400 series cooktops fit together perfectly and extend almost infinitely. Uniquely the grill, Teppan Yaki and downdraft ventilation can sit together as one cohesive workspace, alongside the gas and induction.
The rotary control knobs are an instrument of precision. Superbly crafted and reassuringly weighty in solid stainless steel, they are subtly illuminated when in use. This is intuitive control at its finest. The exquisite Vario 400 series can be either surface or flush mounted, having a 3mm visible perfect edge or sitting level, embedded in a countertop.
The Vario 400 series gas cooktops are inspired by professional kitchens, where precision in temperature control is desired to achieve perfect culinary results. Precise electronic flames automatically re-ignite if ever they are blown. The single wok or paella burner is all-consuming with several flame rings so you can push the boundaries, all the way up to five brass burners.
The induction cooktops extend from 38cm single wok option through to 60cm flex induction and 80cm full-surface induction cooktop. The smart booster function can turn large volumes of liquid from tepid to tempestuous in seconds. Wherever the pan is positioned, that is where it will cook, intelligently remembering the heat settings if the pan were to be removed.
Complementing the cooktops is the downdraft ventilation that has been fitted with space-saving ducts that do not impede upon the use of the cupboard space below. The downdraft ventilation defies physics, drawing the heat, steam and vapours down at the source before they pervade the atmosphere.
Offering maximum flexibility with different configurations, the entire Vario 400 series has earned the name for being an imaginative and flexible worktop.
Vario cooktops 200 series
Differing slightly in size, the Vario 200 series is the perfect fusion between state-of-the-art performance and intelligent design. Sitting alongside the induction or gas cooktop, the electric grill, Teppan Yaki and matching downdraft ventilation completes the professional kitchen look.
In addition to the personalised option of mixing and matching components to suit design and functionality, the Vario 200 series is the ideal cooktop range for entertainment. The gas cooktop has two rings with a wok burner for a variety of dishes, whereas, the induction cooktop produces a burst of power decreasing wait time.
Ranging in scale from 28 cm to 60 cm, the Vario 200 series purely emphasises that although the modular system is small in size, it does not compromise culinary ambition.
Synonymous to Gaggenau’s other appliances, the Vario series remains quintessential in its minimalistic black anodised aluminium finish – aligning to the aesthetics of the wider Gaggenau range to create a unified presence in any contemporary kitchen.
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