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New Moen(R) MotionSense(TM) Provides a Convenient, Hands-Free Kitchen Faucet …

MotionSense(TM) from Moen provides an intuitive, hands-free kitchen
faucet experience that responds to users’ simple hand movements to
activate water flow, delighting consumers day after day.

        --  MotionSense helps the user to accomplish everyday tasks, like washing
            hands, cleaning dishes or preparing meals, with greater convenience
        --  Because users' needs are not always the same, there are three ways to
            turn on faucets with MotionSense:
            --  The Wave Sensor at the top of the faucet starts and stops the
                water flow with a simple hand movement above the faucet
            --  The Ready Sensor near the base of the faucet identifies when an
                object, like a cup or the user's hand, is placed beneath the
                spout, and runs water for as long as that item remains in-range of
                the sensor
            --  The handle on the side of the faucet offers familiar, manual
                operation, letting users adjust flow and temperature
        --  A special valve design fully supports manual and digital modes,
            meaning the hands-free feature works any time -- even when the handle
            is in the "off" position. It also means that the faucet will always
            function in manual mode -- even if it loses battery charge or power.
        --  Moen has made the installation process as streamlined as possible,
            with preassembled components and simple push-fit connections
        --  Hands-free technology reduces the spread of germs and diminishes the
            risk of cross contamination
        --  Saves water when using Ready Sensor by supplying water only when the
            user's hands or an object are within the sensing zone
        --  Powered by a battery pack that utilizes six standard AA batteries or
            by an optional AC power adapter
        --  An LED light provides visual feedback to the user, indicating when the
            faucet turns on or off; or using a unique light pattern to notify if
            the faucet should run low on battery power
        --  The Arbor(R) pulldown kitchen faucet is the first faucet to offer
            --  Arbor offers transitional styling
            --  Available in Chrome, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and new Spot Resist(TM)
                Stainless finish
            --  Features Moen's Reflex(R) system, which improves overall hose
                and sprayer operation for an experience that is truly
            --  Multi-function pulldown wand includes aerated spray, stream and a
                pause feature, which allows users to interrupt the water flow
                while moving the spout outside of the sink
            --  Features a five-year warranty for all electronics, plus a Limited
                Lifetime Warranty for all finishes and mechanical components

For more information about Moen kitchen faucets with MotionSense, visit or call 1-800-BUY MOEN (1-800-289-6636).

About Moen
As the #1 faucet brand in North America, Moen offers a
diverse selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath faucets,
showerheads, accessories, bath safety products and kitchen sinks —
each delivering the best possible combination of meaningful
innovation, useful features, on-trend styling and lasting value.

Moen is part of Fortune Brands Home Security, Inc.

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Milan Report | The Wrap-Up, Part I

Another year, another Milan Furniture Fair. The crowds at the fairgrounds outside the city, as well as those attending the numerous exhibitions in town, seemed as enthusiastic as ever. But the furniture on display looked a bit more subdued than in recent years, and there seemed to be less of it, as if manufacturers were being cautious about the near future — which is understandable given the current mood of economic uncertainty. Still, there were plenty of bright spots.

At Vitra, which showed, among other things, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Corniche pedestal shelves, the space was divided by floor-to-ceiling stacks of translucent white plastic storage boxes: a clever, economical move that seemed just right for the temporary space of a trade-show stand. Porro’s Gentle chair, designed by the Swedish collective Front, looked like an elegant line drawing of a chair — that is, not exactly promising comfort — but its leather-covered back turned out to be surprisingly flexible. At Established Sons, Ingo Maurer, who is known for his innovative, poetic lighting designs, realized an idea that had been brewing for 30 years with his engaging Floating Table, a tabletop that rests, free of legs or a base, on the arms of four bentwood chairs, which pull out from the table by an extension mechanism underneath it. Ligne Roset showed pieces by a number of young designers, but it also brought out upholstered seating that Pierre Paulin originally designed in the early 1970s for the smoking room of the Élysée Palace when Georges Pompidou was president.

At Kartell, one of the most distinctive pieces was Rodolfo Dordoni’s O/K lounge, perfect for poolside with its shapely blue plastic legs. The German company E15 presented furniture by the early Modernist architect Ferdinand Kramer. Karnak, a linear side chair that Kramer designed in 1925, looked startlingly fresh, reminding you that there really is not much new under the sun. And at Arco, the Deskbox, a tidy, wall-mounted desk by Raw-Edges, was just the thing for a small space.

While much of the furniture on view this year emphasized the useful, Moroso bucked the trend, showing furniture that made more of a statement, from Werner Aisslinger’s environmentally friendly Hemp chair to Nendo’s more conceptual Zabuton seating, which is based on the idea of a futon draped over a wire frame. The actual design is far more sophisticated technically, and its form is graceful.

The most unexpected twist to Milan’s design week, however, was the abundance of compelling tabletop objects by well-known designers. At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, the Japanese company 1616 Arita showed the Colour Porcelain collection by Scholten Baijings, a seductive array of plates, bowls and cups that employs the Dutch duo’s luscious but modern palette of blues, reds and yellows. In the Ventura Lambrate district, Jaime Hayon also showed delicate designs in Japanese porcelain (with a dash of his usual whimsy), for the manufacturer Kutani Choemon. And color provided a fresh accent in Patricia Urquiola’s crystal stemware and vases for Baccarat. At 10 Corso Como, Georg Jensen, the Danish silversmith, unveiled a group of sensual bowls and vases by Ilse Crawford, in more affordable metals like stainless steel, copper and brass (although one of the vases is available in a hammered silver version).

But one of the most satisfying tabletop collections was also the most utilitarian. Sowden, named for its designer, George Sowden — a veteran designer of everything from watches to chairs to pay phones, and one of the original members of Memphis — includes dinnerware, coffee and tea pots, accessories and even small appliances (a toaster, an electric kettle, a juicer), all of which are made of porcelain. Sowden started two years ago with the coffee pots, called SoftBrew, which use a cylindrical stainless steel filter that is photo-engraved with almost invisible holes. (He developed a similar filter for the teapots.) These were so successful that he decided to branch out. Sowden showed the entire line in a single group in his studio, and its simplicity and common sense made you want to buy every piece in it.

Later this week, T reports from some of the many exhibitions that were on view in Milan.

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Right at Home: Colorful synthetics for the home just keep getting more stylish

Manufacturers of home goods are quick to adopt innovative materials and technology, and synthetics have long been a favorite. The newest ones are a designer’s delight: They’re malleable, strong, lightweight and take color easily.

The product range in colorful plastics is expanding, with great shapes and fun hues.

From a crafting standpoint, acrylics are easy to work with. Using heat, they can be stretched and molded without losing clarity, and joints are heat fused rather than glued or screwed, which makes a finished piece virtually seamless.

Two Palm Springs, Calif., designers — Larry Abel and Raymond McCallister — run Art Style Innovation, a fun factory of whimsical takes on vintage and modern décor. The duo’s curvy acrylic vases and rippled bowls, done in neon hues, are décor dancing. Their playful acrylic bookends come in a variety of silhouettes including cats, roosters, dogs, flowers, even a pair of shapely female legs. You’ll find clear acrylic cube tables, too, in modern takes on classic architectural design. (, $35 and up)

Plexi-craft in New York stocks a wide array of furniture in crystal-clear acrylic. The material works well in small spaces — entryways, boudoirs, small living rooms — because it’s nearly invisible. The company will custom tint, however; designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz likes to use a milky white acrylic for an ethereal quality. (

Italian design powerhouse Kartell has frequently dominated the synthetic materials marketplace, with “wow” factor pieces such as Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost chair and Ferruccio Laviani’s Bourgie lamp. There’s a wide range of colorful transparent pieces in the company’s collection. (, from $73)

Kartell also has manufactured Starck’s Bubble chair, a cartoonishly scaled piece that looks like an oversize upholstered chair but is made entirely out of polyethylene. It’ll survive indoors or out, and comes in several shades including pale yellow, black and zinc white. (, $680)

There was a time when kitchen cupboards and drawers were full of boring basics. But today’s cook has a paintbox of hues available when buying mixing bowls, cooking tools and utensils. Whether it’s a Kitchenaid blender in hot pink or a set of Rachael Ray’s sunny orange cookware, there’s more color in good-quality, functional, synthetic-material gadgets than ever before.

Flexible silicone has fans in fashion, where accessories designers love its pliability, color friendliness and soft feel. The same characteristics make it big with kitchen and home designers, who also appreciate that it’s dishwasher-friendly. Sky-blue spatulas, tangerine whisks — just about any kitchen tool can be found in a fun, friendly hue.

San Francisco-based Bkr makes a glass water bottle with a silicone sleeve, in hip shades like Jet black, Rocket red, Julep teal and Space indigo. Bkr donates to cancer research as well as clean water projects in Africa. (, $28)

Lifefactory goes one step further in the category with not only an adult bottle, but baby bottles and sippy cups. The collection comes in cheerful hues like lemon, raspberry, lilac and spring green. (, $14.99 and up)

Target’s Room Essentials line has everything from colanders to mixing bowls in a rainbow of pink, turquoise, lime or blue heat-resistant synthetics. (, $7.99 and up)

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Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse to Appear at Newport Mansions Wine & Food …

Restaurateur, cookbook author, and national TV personality Chef Emeril Lagasse will make his first-ever appearance at the Newport Mansions Wine Food Festival this September, headlining the popular Grand Tasting at Marble House on Sunday, September 23.

“I love Newport, and I’m excited to get the opportunity to appear and cook in such a spectacular setting as Marble House,” said Chef Lagasse.

The 7th annual Newport Mansions Wine Food Festival begins Friday, September 21 and runs through Sunday, September 23, featuring more than 100 of the world’s finest vintners and some of the region’s best restaurants and caterers.  Sponsored by FOOD WINE magazine, the Festival takes place in one of America’s most picturesque settings—the historic Newport Mansions, Rosecliff and Marble House, in the seaside resort of Newport, Rhode Island.  All proceeds from the Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, which preserves and maintains the Newport Mansions.

Highlights of the Festival include a two-day Grand Tasting, the Wine Rosecliff gala, wine and food seminars, free cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, book signings, auctions, and exclusive dining opportunities.

Chef Lagasse will stage a cooking demonstration during the Sunday afternoon Grand Tasting at Marble House, and also appear for a book signing.  His newest book, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders, debuted in September 2011.

“The name ‘Emeril’ resonates even with people who don’t consider themselves to be ‘foodies,’” said Preservation Society CEO Executive Director Trudy Coxe.  “His appearance will create lots of buzz and help to bring in a new audience to experience the Festival, especially because of his personal ties to the region.  We’re thrilled to have him join us.”   

Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 13 restaurants.  As a national TV personality, he has hosted over 2,000 shows on the Food Network, and is the food correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America.”  His latest series is Emeril’s Tableon Hallmark Channel.  Chef Lagasse is also the best-selling author of 16 cookbooks.               

He grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts, and graduated from Johnson Wales University.

Also appearing at the Festival will be Chef Jacques Pépin and his daughter Claudine, an accomplished cook in her own right who has partnered with her father on several of his television programs.  The Pépins will host a cooking demonstration and book-signing during the Saturday afternoon Grand Tasting at Marble House.             

All proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County.

Tickets to this remarkable weekend of fine wine and food are on sale now.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call (401) 847-1000.

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Reclaim Your Kitchen With Simple Style and Function That Work for Everyone

CHICAGO, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
For too many people, the home is a source of stress and disorganization. But what if your home could work for you and not against you? How do you tackle the ever-growing “To Do List” and create a simplified home environment that is welcoming, comfortable and functional? One of the most frequently asked questions of designer Stephen Saint-Onge surrounds simple and stylish improvements that can work within the confines of a homeowner’s existing space.

Saint-Onge and Whirlpool brand understand that many prefer not to undertake a major overhaul and are looking for tips and products that can work creatively in their space. According to Saint-Onge, changing your kitchen appliances can give your kitchen an instant makeover. You can use the new look of the appliances to inspire other decorative changes in your space. For example, many are choosing options beyond stainless steel and selecting white or black. With a collection like this, you might consider simple lacquered accessories like side tables, media consoles and bar stools.

And with the new Whirlpool® double wall oven, a unique FIT system ensures your oven can fit into any current cabinet configuration. With adjustable feet and trim options, you can get the oven you’ve always wanted, without overhauling your kitchen. The new line of wall ovens includes features such as TimeSavor(TM) Ultra true convection, AccuBake® temperature management system and Rapid Preheat, these ovens are built to fit into your lifestyle, help you simplify mealtime and save time in the kitchen.

“As a busy dad with a family – I love to cook – but the clean-up is the part that can eat up time. That does not have to be the case anymore,” says Stephen Saint-Onge, Designer Dad. “Especially cleaning the oven – the odors that get into the air during that process is frustrating for the family as a whole – now there are solutions for that too.”

Whirlpool brand also introduced a new line of ranges with AquaLift(TM) self-clean technology that simplifies the cleaning process and gets rid of the grease and grime left behind. AquaLift technology is 68 percent faster than traditional self-clean technology, using lower heat and just two cups of water to easily and quickly clean your oven. The ranges are created with the modern family in mind, with features such as a split rack, Power(TM) burner, induction technology and the industry’s largest capacity, meaning you can now cook what you want, exactly how you want it.

Whirlpool ranges and wall ovens are available at retailers nationwide and online.

About Whirlpool BrandWhirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2011, 68,000 employees, and 66 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. Whirlpool brand recognizes that consumers lead busy, active lives and continues to create solutions that help consumers optimize productivity and efficiency in the home. In addition to designing appliance solutions based on consumer insight, Whirlpool is one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest corporate partners, donating a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. For more information on Whirlpool brand please visit or find us on Facebook at . Additional information about the company can be found at .

SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation

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Cookware Guide: The Best (And Worst) Materials For Pots And Pans

If you’ve ever been struck with indecision while shopping for cookware, not knowing whether to go with the anodized or the stainless steel pots and pans, then keep reading — we’ve got help for you. Buying cookware can be difficult and confusing, to say the least. Do you go by price? Do you choose the most professional looking? Do you select the most popular brand? It’s actually none of the above — you want to pick the one that’s best for you, and we’re going to show you how to do it.

First, you should understand that each material works differently. Some cookware is better for heat conduction than others. Certain metals react with acidic foods, so you wouldn’t want to cook a tomato sauce in them. Other pots and pans are very durable and easy to care for. Browse the slideshow below to learn more.

What type of cookware do you prefer to use? Let us know below.


Traditionally copper pots and pans were made with a copper exterior and tin interior, which prevented food from reacting with the copper. Modern-day copper cookware is lined with stainless-steel for the added benefit of durability and ease of cleaning.

Professional look.
Excellent heat conduction.

Very expensive.
Requires polishing.
Old copper cookware requires retinning.
Copper bowls (which are copper inside and out) react with acidic foods.

Mauviel Cuprinox Style Copper Saucepan with Lid, 1.2 qt, $240 at

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Seductions of the Palate at Quai Branly

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