Working with a team of design professionals is the best way to demystify the process of selecting the right appliances to turn your beautifully designed home into a functional space that you can really enjoy using. We have decades of interior design experience, so take it from us that it’s never too early to start planning your appliances. They may be the last elements added to your new or remodeled space, but they are your tools for everyday living, and they hold the alchemical power of making you feel like the master of your domain. OpenPlan Design has a wide selection of kitchen and laundry appliances to suit various budgets, so let’s get started.
For kitchens, there are two main workflow methodologies that guide the layout design and the relative positioning of kitchen elements. The most common methodology centres around the hob, sink and refrigerator as the main players of the kitchen. The idea is that when placed in a triangular arrangement, you are able to navigate more efficiently around the kitchen and perform tasks with ergonomic ease. The second methodology introduces the idea of functional areas or work zones that acknowledge the benefit of designing different parts of the kitchen for specific purposes, thus allowing multiple people to co-exist in the space and collaborate without stepping on each other’s toes. For example, you might have a space dedicated to prepping, where all of the tools needed to complete prepping tasks are at hand. This might be an ambitious goal if your space is on the smaller side, but don’t rule it out.
There are a few tried and tested layouts that have come about in response to structural or architectural constraints and the way that people use and access their kitchens. From single-wall open kitchen designs to L-shaped kitchens, OpenPlan Design can help plan your kitchen layout or suggest improvements such as an additional island or peninsula to help you get the most out of your available space. The layout of your kitchen will unquestionably impact the number and types of appliances you choose. You’ll want to prioritise and optimise for five basic types of common kitchen activities – prepping, cooking, storing, entertaining and cleaning. If you intend for your kitchen to be a space for socializing, you might consider seating and countertop space to be a priority. A raw vegan may also opt for more worktop space for preparing meals. Ideally, these human factors were taken into account at the start of your kitchen project, rather than as an afterthought. Either way, our design team is here to help.
Love doing your laundry a little bit more by paying attention to workflow planning and organisation in the laundry room as well. Elevate your laundry experience by designing a space that is both beautiful and able to deliver on your functional needs. Most of us have contented ourselves with a washer and dryer crammed into a closeted nook of our home, and while this does the trick, imagine a laundry room with enough workspace to give you the freedom to airdry, iron, fold, organise your detergents, and then do a happy dance because of how effortlessly you pulled it all off. We have tons of fresh ideas for breathing life into your laundry room, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. And if a nook is what’s available to you, we can help you equip it with a high quality washer and dryer that will get you quickly back to the more enjoyable parts of your day.
Sub-Zero and Wolf bring sustainably-operated meticulous craftsmanship and professional quality to your home or commercial property with expertly engineered appliances. In a 1926 Wisconsin basement, out of scrap metal, the first Sub-Zero freezer was built, and a family business was born. By responding quickly to trends in kitchen concepts and safety standards, and focusing on creating meaningful improvements to home life in their engineering and design, Sub-Zero earned it place at the forefront of the industry. Branching out into built-in refrigeration products, wine coolers and electric controls, Sub-Zero continued to expand its offerings, leaning into the ultimate partnership with Wolf Gourmet, a leader in commercial cooking appliances.
Miele manufactures high-end appliances for domestic as well as commercial applications. Miele embraces sustainability as the foundation on which they have built and continue to build their success. Sold in over 47 countries, Miele originated in Germany in 1899, when two families came together to manufacture cream separators.
Siemens ingenuity started in Germany in 1847, and has been a revolutionizing force in the electrification, automation and digitalisation of several industries across Europe and beyond. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Siemens had expanded to the degree that it was necessary to build up an entire new urban district which served as home to over three thousand Siemens employees and research facilities to escape the congestion of Berlin. Fast-forwarding through decades of social and technological achievements to 2008, when Siemens took it upon itself to advance the green revolution, and in so doing helped reduce millions of tons of carbon dioxide, while at the same time strengthening their economic foundation. This spirit of social responsibility is still alive today in the form of Siemens’ innovative and beautifully designed energy-efficient and resource-saving appliances.
Faber is a market leader in appliances with a rich history of innovation in design and adoption of production technologies. Their best-in-class products can be found in over 13 countries worldwide.
Bora is all about quality, simplicity, and thinking differently. This is reflected in the unique and innovative designs of their products. Bora’s first cooktop extractor system came about in 2006, and the German company launched the following year with an employee count of one. By 2009, Bora was in Switzerland. Today, the multi-award-winning Bora exports to over 29 countries in Europe and around the world.
Bosch products are about delivering quality and reliability, and more importantly, improving quality of life through innovative technologies “invented for life”. Bosch started as the Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering in 1886. Founded by Robert Bosch, this workshop has proliferated out of Stuttgart to become the operation they are today, building on their history of quality engineering to move forward meaningful research that leads to tangible innovation. Bosch’s global footprint comes with a high commitment to doing social good and treating the environment with respect.
Neff has a long history of serving customers high quality, awe-inspiring appliances. Neff began in 1877 out of a cottage in Germany. Carl Neff, a master locksmith with an ingenious ability to anticipate the needs of his customers teamed up with six partners to create, of all things, ovens. Carl’s son later inherited the business and diverged into refrigeration and washing machines. Innovation didn’t stop there for Neff. In the 1950’s, Neff led the market by bringing the microwave and the thermostat to their audiences. By the 90’s, Neff was being recognized for its slick looks and significant contributions to functionality. Today, Neff’s appliances seem to transcend the technologies that drive them, performing almost magical feats.
Berbel was founded in Germany in 2001. Their slogan “making good things even better!” perfectly encapsulates their commitment to research and innovative ideas with the goal of making the cleanest possible air. Their passion for quality has led to elevated standards for design and function with their game-changing (and safe) filterless extractor hoods.
- Coffee Machines
- Cooker hoods
- Steam ovens and steamer
- Warming drawers