Sub-Zero, Inc. & Wolf Appliance, Inc.

Pro Collection

Design Team: Cesaroni Design, Sub Zero & Wolf Engineering
Project Description:

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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 final 15-degrees.

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.

Sub-Zero, Inc. & Wolf Appliance, Inc.

Pro Collection

Design Team: Cesaroni Design, Sub Zero & Wolf Engineering

Project Description:

x

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 final 15-degrees.

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.

Awards: GOOD DESIGN Ranked #1 EID Runner Up, 2004 Top Ten Home Wired Tools, 2005
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