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Design*Droits-Humains Sits Down with Electrolux, Pantone and Homepolish

by Lauren Chorpening


Image above (clockwise): Design*Droits-Humains Editor: Lauren Chorpening Day, Electrolux Designer: Narss Lapinid, Homepolish Senior Designer: Mandy Cheng, and Pantone Color Institute VP: Laurie Pressman.

Yesterday Design*Droits-Humains led a panel of design industry leaders in a discussion on color at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando, FL. After a week of single-digit temperatures in the midwest, a few days in sunny Florida has been a welcome change. This year KBIS featured 500 prominent brands and their new product lines for designers and builders to learn more about. Electrolux, one of our favorite brands for home appliances, hosted the panel between color experts from Pantone, Homepolish and Electrolux.


For 40 minutes, I directed questions to Narss Lapinid, the Senior Color, Material and Finish Designer at Electrolux, Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute and Mandy Cheng, a Senior Designer for Homepolish. The panelists spoke on using neutrals vs. bold colors, color trends, color psychology and even new color changes for kitchen appliances. Learning from such a knowledgeable group of people through a thoughtful discussion on color was inspiring.

Laurie used her insight on color psychology to explain why some colors do or don’t work in the home (spoiler: orange will only make you angry or hungry), Mandy offered several real-life examples on using color in clients’ homes, and Narss spoke with excitement about new colorways for products that will give homeowners even more options when redesigning their homes, like the new suite of kitchen appliances. And I should mention, this collection of appliances isn’t simply being offered in a new, chic color — the range, which includes two styles of refrigerators, microwave, oven (standard and double), and one stunning dishwasher all feature a modern kitchen must-have: the “no fingerprint” finish.


Image above: The new  French Door Refrigerator

Other wish-list features include a new organization system for the refrigerator that literally offers up 100 ways to customize the interior based on your needs. Imagine all of those condiment jars suddenly find their forever home and leave the up-front real estate for everyday items! Updated water filtration is another welcome bonus with the new Gallery refrigerator line. The French Door fridge has the most sought-after perks for entertaining — the full-width, easy access drawer that’s perfect for stashing that massive cheese or veggie platter. Families also love this feature for easy access for kids’ “help-yourself” snacks. It was pretty clear that the Frigidaire team has thoughtfully designed this line of products to help families make the most of their time and space. The big bonus is these appliances look great with every style of home!


Image above (clockwise):  Dishwasher, Bonnee Sharp’s Dallas kitchen, Frigidaire’s new water filtration system, Frigidaire Gallery line’s Refrigerator full-width drawer, Interior of Frigidaire Gallery French Door Refrigerator.

After the panel, we were able to mingle in the gorgeous Electrolux booth with the audience over cocktails and appetizers before the show closed for the night. I had an amazing time getting to know the panelists, audience members and the team at Electrolux. If remodeling or outfitting a new kitchen is in your future, definitely visit the Electrolux site to take a peek at the Frigidaire Gallery kitchen appliances. The color experts all agree, while silver stainless steel isn’t going anywhere, black stainless gives a beautiful, modern and sophisticated option to those who want to up the wow-factor in their kitchens. Consider mi the new shade with neutrals, or even brights, for a thoroughly modern kitchen. —Lauren

Thanks so much to Electrolux & Frigidaire for sharing their new finish and the thoughts behind this beautiful new design choice. This post is brought to you by Electrolux & Frigidaire. And a special thank you to you, our readers, for supporting our sponsors who help us bring you original content three times per day! You can see the Frigidaire Gallery Smudge-Proof™ Black Stainless Steel collection .

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