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Azure's July/August 2019 Issue cover
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July/August 2019

From a groundbreaking seaside museum in China to an elegant new sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Azure’s July/August issue unveils the 20 winners of the ninth annual AZ Awards!

Vario 200 Series Cooktop by Gaggenau

A black anodized-aluminum finish has been added to Gaggenau‘s Vario 200 series of compact cooking systems. Like a kit of parts, the modular elements can be freely combined to suit individual needs, and include a 28-centimetre-wide gas cooktop (shown), electric grills, flex-induction cooktops, downdraft ventilation and a wok. These pieces can be flush- or surface-mounted.

Matte Collection by Café

Along with a rich, subtly textured matte black finish, this full suite of appliances from new brand Café offers complete customizability: The hardware can be easily swapped as style preferences change. Brushed stainless is standard-issue, while brushed copper, bronze and black make up the other options. The Matte Collection, which also includes a flat white alternative, consists of fridges, wall ovens, cooktops, ranges and dishwashers.

Concrete Gray by Blanco

A realistic interpretation of concrete, this latest addition to Blanco’s palette of Silgranit sinks comes in a soft mid-tone with a nuanced balance of blue and red under-tones. Calibrated to work equally well in warm and cool colour schemes, the flat finish is infused with dark speckling that gives it depth and contributes to its raw industrial yet sophisticated look.

Noir Range by JennAir

Playing with contrast, JennAir’s dual-fuel professional range combines a matte-finished base with reflective control knobs. More than 30 configurations allow for a perfectly tailored cooking station, while remote-access and smart-integration options mean things like preheating and temperature regulation can be controlled by personal devices and voice commands. 

 

Are Matte Finishes Spelling the End of Stainless Steel?

These four appliance collections make a case for black and grey – with zero gloss – eclipsing the once-ubiquitous sheen.

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