The product designers at Cesaroni Design
worked closely with Sub-Zero & Wolf Appliance's internal marketing and
engineering teams to develop an award winning product line of refrigerators and
Dual Fuel Ranges.
PRO 48 Refrigerator-Freezer:
This unit is the largest combination unit Sub-Zero offers. This
appliance can be freestanding or built-in for a more integrated look.
The appliance is constructed of almost 100% stainless steel. A glass door
offers an elegant transparency to an otherwise stainless steel sculpture. The
refrigerator cavity is designed with channeled sidewall LED lighting that acts
as a door area night light.
Innovative human factors considerations drove the development of the new
product design. A unique auto-close system utilizes precision built hinges to
prevent the door from slamming shut. The cam takes over to close the door the
Two stainless steel bins are designed to fit under the refrigerator shelf. The
versatile design is oven-safe so a consumer can marinate meat in the bin
overnight, and then transfer it directly to the oven.
An upper drawer is a crisper compartment specifically developed to store
vegetables. Its clear view window enhances visibility inside the compartment.
The drawer divider design is interchangeable for complete compartmentalization.
The electronic control system gives the consumer the ability to set a different
temperature for the two refrigerator drawers from the temperature for the door
cavity. The temperature in three separate areas is digitally displayed on the
exterior of the appliance.
Dual Fuel Ranges:
The project challenge was to create consumer ranges with commercial performance
bringing the Wolf brand name into stronger market visibility. Our client's
technological innovations required the integration of new energy efficient and
user-friendly electronic controls into the new product line, without losing
their professional brand identity.
The industrial designers walked a fine line between looking too commercial and
too residential. The unique design solution played down the sophisticated
electronics and featured the durability of commercial equipment. This design
strategy established a level of aesthetic detail refinement that could
integrate the appliance into vastly different residential kitchen environments.
The project team developed full scale foam core mockups to maximize user
experience. Model testing helped the project team evaluate the user interface
design. This ensured that the concealed electronic control panel would pivot
open at an appropriate ergonomic viewing angle.
Another innovative ergonomic feature is the patented control knob design. This
unique design incorporates LED lighting technology to display the temperature.
Function graphics are printed on the most visible surface for easy legibility.
The exterior of the new appliance design is constructed of stainless steel with
an elliptically shaped stainless steel handle and investment cast stainless
steel end caps. The porcelain-coated cast iron burner grates appear
commercially robust. They are cored out from the bottom in order to be easily
removable for cleaning.
Wolf Appliance has been ranked #1 by J.D. Power and Associates in the
Range/Cooktop/Oven category of their 2010 Home Appliance Study. This
satisfaction study is based on ease of use; performance and reliability;
styling and feel; features; and warranty.
This award winning major appliance design won both an Excellence in Design
Award and a Good Design Award for the new product design.