26.9.07

Elica Hood Fans


One of my pet peeves is ugly hood fans. They are such a large element in a kitchen and if not handled properly can distract from the design of the kitchen, especially more so in contemporary kitchen design, as I am tending to not use overhead cabinets. The cooktop and back wall then becomes the focal point. So when I saw these innovative new designs from Elica I was pleasantly surprised. They are designed to look like a beautiful pendant handing over the cooktop and include ventilation, filters, lighting and controls. Click on the photo to enlarge.

29 comments:

  1. Looks like a really cool product. Where is the exhaust flue I can't see it in the photos? How do you disguise it?

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  2. Anonymous25/9/07

    What beautiful hoods! Have you put one in anyone's kitchen yet? Would love to see some of your kitchens!

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  3. They are fantastic! I agree with you that most often range hoods are pretty ugly and a bit of an eyesore, but these are really quite beautiful. Now I just need to find out if they're available here...

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  4. Well this is a stylish solution to those ugly hoods! Good find Patricia!

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  5. Hi Jackie
    I haven't done any research on these hood fans yet. European technology is usually ahead of ours. I will be finding out more about this product in the next month and will report back what I find.

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  6. Hi Anonymous
    I have not used this product yet.
    See some of my kitchens here:

    http://patriciagrayinc.com/ad2006.pdf

    http://patriciagrayinc.com/projects/yaletown.html

    http://patriciagrayinc.com/projects/south-granville.html

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  7. Hi Suzy
    These are real gems aren't they.
    Let me know if you get the opportunity to use them.

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  8. How wonderful are these! I have a horrible feeling the price won't be quite as wonderful though.

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  9. How very funny. I just saw the 'wave' hood vent in some magazine or blog (who can remember?)

    These are indeed a marked improvement over the status quo hood vent I am usually assaulted with.

    Nice to see more of the collection!

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  10. I'm loving how sleek they look!

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  11. Those are quite lovely. I would be curious how efficient they are, and how expensive! Let us know what you find out!

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  12. These are vent hoods? who cares is they are efficient, they are fabulous.

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  13. What an innovation, Patricia! It's high time someone came up with some more attractive options for hoods.

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  14. Hi Patricia,

    I love that you found this they are so cool! I wonder how easy to keep the crystals clean????? really stunning.

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  15. These are fascinating! I am curious too about cost and efficiency. We do alot of kitchen and lighting design, so I am definately going to look into these. Thanks for the info Patricia!

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  16. You might have changed my life - I'll dig around as well, but let us know if you find out more. I currently have no exhaust hood, so even a mildly ineffective one would be better than nothing.

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  17. Hi Paola
    I don't know the pricing on these hood fans, but hopefully they will become popular and more companies will carry them if there is a demand. The forerunners always tend to be expensive.

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  18. Hi Franki
    It is interesting to see how things run in "waves". Excuse the pun.

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  19. Hi Natural Dwelling
    I am loving the sleekness too.

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  20. Hi
    Melissa I'll let you know if I find out more.

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  21. Good point Joni...fab definitely over rides efficient. But how great if they are both.

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  22. Hi Anne
    I'm all with you on innovation.
    It is amazing how advanced we are on some things and others things are still so archaic. Another pet peeve of mine is smoke dector design. Very ugly blights on the ceiling!

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  23. Hi Jordan
    A little "Fantastic" might do the trick. Might not be too practical for heavy wok cooking though.

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  24. Hi Katie
    Please let me know what you find out.

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  25. What a great option! What is the price point for a glamorous rangehood like this? I would love to be able to offer such an option to my clients. I wonder if they are accessible in my area (Atlantic Canada)?

    Thanks,
    Linda

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  26. I saw these at ICFF last year. Forget efficiency, as the cfms are a meager, a laughable 250. In fact, the Elica rep told me that they usually pair two of them together for larger cooktops for that reason. They admitted they were for fabulous kitchens where they don't cook! At least they are useful somewhere!

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  27. Anonymous7/5/08

    then you guys should see the stuff by metallo arts.....

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  28. Elica is one of my favorites hoods for kitchens with modern designs. Of course, they won't work in all kitchens, but I have long felt that the hood--and should--be a real focal point for any kitchen. I have put together a website with a buddy (we're too cabinetmakers who call it like we see it) for those who may want to examine alternative ideas on this subject. We're at www.cft411.com.

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