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LG Steam Laundry Pair

LG Steam Laundry Pair

Design trends come in all shapes and sizes, but squares stole the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in 2008. While squares are nothing new and sweeping curves are by no means on their way out, we couldn't help but notice lots of booths flaunting squares as their "new" shape. Here is just a sampling of the four-sided stuff we saw.

 

Square Pair

This new steam laundry pair from LG Appliances updates the old bubble-door look of their laundry sets with a rounded square door. The new shape adds some function too, making it easier to load more laundry in the 4.5 cubic foot drum.

 

Squareware
Boxy hardware is a regular feature on cabinets, but it's making a statement on more appliance pulls these days. Sub-Zero debuted its new appliance pull shape-an elongated rectangle. The pull also features a delicate curve to soften the look of the BI-series refrigerator.

 

Sub-Zero BI Series

Sub-Zero BI Series

 

And of course we can't help but love good old square-shaped knobs. This hardware from Topex showcases a classic square look as well as a curved alternative while the new Buckle collection from Atlas Homewares features the popular boxy look of buckles that fashionistas prefer.

 

Topex Hardware

Topex Hardware

 

Atlas Hardware

Atlas Hardware

 

Square Flair

Square motifs in design can create a look that is either classic or contemporary. We saw both at design spaces hosted by Sub-Zero/Wolf. In Mick de Giulio's "living kitchen," designed more for hanging out than for fancy entertainment, we were impressed by this square sink and its removable cutting board.

 

de Giulio kitchen design

 

Meanwhile, designer William P. Draper complemented delicate curves in his design space with contrasting grid-like designs on a backsplash and chairs.

 

Draper DBS, Inc.

 

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