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Live With ILVE: Renovations and Kitchens

In this two-part interview with renovations experts Kyal and Kara Demmrich, they offer some tips on renos and talk about the key aspects of a kitchen space. Read Part Two below…

 

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We talked extensively about renovations in Part One. More specifically, what do you think are the most important aspects of a kitchen space?
Number one: a kitchen needs to be practical. Having a good flow from the oven and fridge is important.

 

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How long have you lived with ILVE? Having lived with them, what sets ILVE products apart from others?
We’ve lived with ILVE for about two months now. We absolutely love the 900 Wide Oven [Model featured is the HP95CDT Cooktop; 900 STC Oven], which allows enough room to cook for my massive family! I also love the flush mount gas cooktop – so sleek!

Do you have a favourite recipe to make in your oven?
After living without an oven for six months prior to this renovation, I just can’t get enough of the classic roast dinner – especially roast beetroot!

 

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Who would you most want to have over for dinner and why?
Mick Fanning. Before The Block we travelled around South America. In Brazil, we ran into Mick Fanning and he ended up making us dinner in his holiday apartment! We’d love to return the favour.

For more on ILVE ovens, visit: livewithilve.com.

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Live With ILVE: Renovations and Kitchens

In this two-part interview with renovations experts Kyal and Kara Demmrich, they offer some tips on renos and talk about the key aspects of a kitchen space. Read Part One below…

 

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Could you tell us a bit about your most recent project, in Toowoon Bay, on the NSW Central Coast?
As most people who know us are aware, we’re just a little obsessed with property and renovating! About two years ago, we purchased a beach shack with plans of knocking over and building a big family home (no, the asbestos shack is unfortunately not worth renovating!). Not long after, we also sold our very first home. After working on plans in collaboration with an architect for our beach shack rebuild we realised we just weren’t ready to build our ‘forever home’.

We started looking for good investment renovations to work on and this great house in Toowoon Bay came on the market! It was half-renovated by previous rental tenants, who had stripped the house bare when they left. Plenty of investors were looking at it for land value only, however we saw the potential in the brick bones! With side driveway access, we also saw the potential to build a second dwelling out the back. With the goal of inspiring others, we have documented the whole renovation, build, and transformation process, which you can view at kyalandkara.com. Our goal has been to create a timeless beach house with plenty of character – and we’re almost there.

We’ve been living in the renovation the whole way through, and dealing with morning sickness [at the time of writing, Kara was in her final trimester] has certainly added a new set of challenges to renovating!

 

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What piece of advice would you give to first-time renovators?
Always remember what your goal is when renovating. Are you renovating your forever home, or are you renovating an investment property? Are you renovating to sell, live in, or rent? You’ll make smarter decisions when it comes to budget and finishes if you have a clear vision and goal in sight. If you’re unsure, doing some market research and seeking advice i.e. from a real estate agent will ensure you’re on the right track.

 

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We interviewed you in 2014 and asked about interior design trends. What trends are hot right now and what do you foresee as being big in 2017?
Marble and marble-look composite products are certainly here to stay – with the trend still going strong in both benchtops and splashbacks. We’ll also see a re-emergence of kitchens with colour! Everyone loves a white kitchen, however it can often be the safe option. Think: deep blues, turquoise, or even some soft pastels! Benchtop profiles are also becoming thinner and more refined. Feature handles are going to be big, too. With so many options, handles are a great way to make a statement. Think: leather, shapes, and timber.

Subscribe to keep up to date with the Toowoon Bay Renovation and future projects at kyalandkara.com and follow them on Instagram at kyalandkara and diversedesignconstruct. 

Live With ILVE: Giovanni Pilu

Giovanni Pilu, owner of Pilu at Freshwater and friend of the brand, not only lives with ILVE but is also a revered chef. So it only made sense that we interviewed him about cooking and appliances before he recently jetted off to Italy!
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Why do you love cooking with ILVE, Giovanni?
I love the efficiency and power of commercial equipment that has been beautifully crafted for domestic use.

What’s your favourite ILVE appliance in your kitchen?
Our Freestanding Six-Burner and Teppanyaki Plate, with 1200 Oven below it
[Model Number: PN120FNP-NX Nostalgie Cooker with Chrome].

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Yes, we’ve heard you like to cook on your ILVE Teppanyaki Plate! What’s your favourite meal to make using it?
A simple dish of Bruschetta, using good quality sourdough drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and toasted on the plate, topped with grilled zucchini and goat’s cheese. Or bacon and eggs on the weekend!

We’d be ecstatic with either of those! How has living with ILVE changed the way you cook at home?
It means I’m more likely to entertain at home; the equipment is a pleasure to use and I love showing it off to my guests.

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Finally, and perhaps most importantly, what’s your top tip for throwing a dinner party at home?
I have a few for you. Sharing, sharing, sharing! Keep it simple. Place a large pot of food in the middle of the table. Also, give your friends a drink when they arrive, then get them to gather round the island bench and help with dinner prep.

Watch our exclusive collaboration with Giovanni here.

Images 1 + 3: Attila Szilvasi

ILVE: Handmade In Italy

Earlier this month, ILVE and Giovanni Pilu, owner of Pilu at Freshwater and dear friend of the brand, co-hosted an intimate and exclusive dining experience at ILVE’s Sydney Showroom. Guests were seated around a luxurious table setting and treated to Chef Pilu’s Sardinian menu (with matched wines, of course!)

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Carlo Illotti, ILVE Managing Director (pictured below, on the right), was at the dinner, so naturally ILVE sat down with him between courses to get his views on Italian-Australian relations!

Antonio Ruffatto, ILVE Export Manager (L), and Carlo Illotti, one of the Directors of ILVE Italy (R), with Giovanni Pilu (centre)

Why do you think ILVE has been so successful in Australia, Carlo?
In Australia – thanks to Mr Colbert [Jamey Colbert, Managing Director of ILVE distributor Eurolinx] and our collaboration of more than 25 years – we found a valuable supplier; not just a supplier, actually – we feel like a big family. Our intention is to grow, together, both in the market and in general.

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And why do you think ILVE has become so successful in Australian homes?
Australians pay very close attention to the quality of materials and of designs. Until a few years ago, the design was something that was not so important for household appliances, though people recognised us as a leader in design and in quality, which is what separates ILVE. Another major strength of ILVE is the quality of the end product in the home: the cooking. The cooking aspect is very important: we studied the appliance in its commercial usage, and we then applied what we learnt about commercial appliances to domestic appliances. There is nobody else who has done this in the market. So, to summaries: quality, design, and performance are the keys to our success.

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Finally, what is your favourite ILVE product, Carlo?
The cookers, of course! The cookers are the result of the combination of all our knowledge about cooking.

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Just to make you jealous, here’s the menu!

Canapés/Aperitif

First Course
Fregola “risotatta” nettles, almonds, lemon and scarlet prawns.

Main Course
Rainbow Trout, garlic cream, rainbow chard and bottarga.

Dessert
Domori dark chocolate delice, almonds and sheeps milk yoghurt.

PHOTOS: Attila Szilvasi

An Evolution In Ovens From ILVE

ILVE does not make the decision to release a new oven range lightly. When ILVE’s products evolve, they do so with substance. Thus, ILVE has taken their time with their latest built-in oven range, consulting with Europe’s leading architects and designers – not to design for just today, but for the future. They create a product that not only you would be proud to have in your kitchen, but one your children would be proud to have in theirs. The exceptional product designs are intended to be timeless, and the advancement of the latest range represents this and more.

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The new series of built-in ovens are the culmination of two years of research and development to bring to Australian kitchens an oven that has the technology, sophistication, and appearance that embodies ILVE’s ethos.

 

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Technology is at the forefront of this new range, which offers customers a new feature we call CHEF-assist’: a colour, TFT touchscreen with smart control panel. CHEF-assist features 11 language settings and over 35 preset recipe modes, enabling the user to perfectly cook any dish for the entire family. To make cooking even more enjoyable, the latest range also offers automatic cooking times, weight presets, and has the brilliant function of automatically changing recipes from degrees to fahrenheit, so temperature conversions and control are easier than ever before.

When it comes to temperature control, the new range has it covered. ILVE’s unique Tangential Ventilation System (TVS) smartly circulates air around the oven to ensure protection of your kitchen cabinetry. This intelligent tangential fan activates and disengages as and when required, ensuring minimal energy consumption and maximum oven efficiency.

 

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The new oven range offers the user more cooking space than its predecessors. This has been achieved by maximising the oven’s full internal size, allowing you more cooking space.

Another feature in the range is the new ULTRA-clean, light grey, nickel-free enamel interior, which is not only easy to clean but also reduces the toxicity of the materials that come in contact with food as it is cooking. In addition to these features, some models boast new S-MOVE soft-closing door technology, so users can gently close the oven door with a simple push, rather than slamming it shut

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All of the glass used in the oven door is thermo-reflective, to ensure a cool front is maintained and even cooking temperatures remain consistent. Bio-Safe Glass Enamel is forged at extreme temperatures, resulting in a smooth, glossy finish impervious to water, acid, and grease formed during cooking. The Bio-Safe Glass Enamel is also used to make the oven baking trays – this ensures uniformity, quality, and cleaning efficiency. The full-size glass door provides a panoramic view of the oven cavity, in its entirety, too.

Each oven cavity in ILVE’s new range is comprised of just one piece. It has no joins or welds, so there is nowhere for grease, fat, and other cooking residue to hide, which means quicker and more thorough cleaning. Each oven has a removable back panel to give the user easy access to the fan, assisting with easier cleaning and maintenance.

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Another genius feature that comes standard in the new oven range is the simple-to-use, easy-release Telescopic oven side racks that can be removed with just one hand and without the need for any tools. The racks are coated with a special metallic alloy to make them dishwasher safe, helping to cut down on cleaning time and clutter in your sink.

When the oven is in the Pyrolytic self-cleaning mode, the temperature of the internal cavity rises to 460°C to incinerate any food residue from the oven walls. The new ovens incorporate a technology known as a fume catalyser, to help carbonise any unpleasant or unwanted odours created during this process.

When it comes to ovens, ILVE is at the forefront of innovation and ensures that every detail, whether small or large, is incorporated in the end product.

The built-in range from ILVE starts at $1,299 to $5,299

ILVE’s Freestanding Ovens

Oven Overload: Part 1

What makes ILVE stand out from the crowd?
This month we’ll be focusing on two very different styles of iconic ILVE ovens and looking at what makes them so special. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we’ll examine the Freestanding range.

For over 60 years, ILVE has been responsible for world-leading, handcrafted ovens from Italy. The brand has never compromised on style or quality, with the entirety of each appliance piece still being hand-assembled in the storied Italian factory.

Freestanding Ovens
ILVE is renowned for its beautifully crafted range of freestanding ovens, which come in three key styles: the Quadra – the brand’s flagship cooker; the Nostalgie – an oven that exemplifies traditional country style as well as the latest in kitchen technology; and the Majestic series – a stunning piece of workmanship that demands attention from even the fussiest of cooks.

Each style is fully customisable, with
the option for an all-gas burner top, induction cooktop, ceramic burners, a teppanyaki plate, a BBQ grill, a deep fryer, or even a simmer plate as add-ons to create the perfect personalised culinary experience.

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All Freestanding ovens from ILVE also incorporate chef-calibre features, including multifunction cooking choices, up-to-110L oven capacity, electric rotisserie, and precision thermostat control that will bring out the passion in any aspiring home chef, no matter how experienced.

ILVE ovens are the ideal solution for busy families and professionals: the quick-start oven pre-heat function heats to 175°C in fewer than eight minutes with simple, accurate, variable temperature adjustment up to 250°C. In short, ILVE puts you in total control of your cooking – looking chic all the while!

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Every detail has been thought of to your make cooking faster, better, and easier – even down to the details of the oven doors! Each oven door is fitted with glass panes treated with a one-off metallic film to reflect heat back into the oven. This not only makes them child-friendly but also results in more efficient cooking. The oven doors also use a commercial hinge that keeps them highly durable and sturdy. This one of a kind technology allows basting directly on the oven door and can hold up to 25kg of weight.

No stone has been left unturned when it comes to oven supremacy. For instance, some brands might be satisfied with one simple thermostat to measure cooking temperatures; ILVE, on the other hand, makes all their ovens with a dual-capillary system. This increases the accuracy and consistency of the cooking temperature, minimising cold and hot spots in the oven to create evenly cooked dishes every time.3

Being a premium brand, ILVE would never simply settle for cheaper aluminium burners on their cook tops. Instead, ILVE uses solid brass rings, as they retain and conduct heat far better and are even backed up by a 25-year warranty – a feature that is unique to the marketplace. To cap it all off, all ILVE ovens are made with 304-grade stainless steel, which is guaranteed not to rust and is anti-bacterial, too.

ILVE’s Freestanding Ovens start from SRP $5,299. For more info: http://ilve.com.au/products/freestanding-cookers/

 

ILVE SXMP Range

ILVE has always been a name synonymous with bringing unique, hand-crafted kitchen appliances to the passionate home cooks of Australia. The SXMP electric built-in oven range is no exception to this, featuring the latest and greatest European styling and cooking functions, and is guaranteed to get foodies in kitchens of all sizes excited.

Re-engineering their classic design, ILVE has once again proven that every oven is a piece of culinary art, with a clean and sophisticated straight-line design. Available in four models ­– 60cm, 70cm, 80cm, and 90cm – every kitchen size is considered, from apartment living through to generous spaces.

Our commitment to continuous technological research and innovation is evident in the SXMP range, with all ovens featuring the catalytic self-cleaning system, which covers 80 per cent of the internal oven cavity. This is sure to make light work in the kitchen for even the messiest of cooks!

With 10+ cooking modes, these ovens also include a recessed full-width grill element, triple-glazed glass door, cool touch athermic door handle, and, of course, a European A+ Class energy rating.

Hand-assembled by master craftsmen from the finest materials, the new SXMP electric ovens are a true statement to ILVE’s ongoing commitment to culinary quality and innovation.

The ILVE SXMP electric built-in ovens are available in selected retailers and on display at ILVE showrooms nationally. For more information, call 1300 694 583.

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Form and Function

Leading technology and premium performance for kitchens of all sizes

ILVE has always been a name synonymous with bringing unique, hand-crafted kitchen appliances to the passionate home cooks and professional chefs of Australia. The SXMP electric built-in oven range is no exception, featuring the latest and greatest Italian styling and cooking functions, guaranteed to get foodies in kitchens of all sizes excited.

Re-engineering a classic design, we’ve once again proven that every oven we create is a piece of culinary art, with a clean and sophisticated straight-line design. Available in four models – 60cm, 70cm, 80cm, and 90cm – every kitchen size is considered, from apartment living through to generous spaces.

Continuous technological research and relentless innovation is evident in the SXMP range, with all ovens featuring the catalytic self-cleaning system (covering 80 per cent of the internal oven cavity), which is sure to make light work in the kitchen for even the messiest of cooks.

With 10+ cooking modes, these ovens also include a recessed full width grill element, triple glazed glass door, cool touch athermic door handle, and, of course, a European A+ Class energy rating.

Hand-assembled by master craftsmen from the finest materials, the new SXMP electric ovens are a true statement to ILVE’s ongoing commitment to culinary quality and innovation.

Check out the SXMP electric built-in oven range in one of our showrooms, or on our website.

 

Trend Watch: Open Season

If you’ve been paying attention to kitchen design, you’ll know there’s one trend that everyone has an opinion on. Let’s talk about open shelving.

Open shelving has been a controversial style circulating for a couple of years, peaking in 2014 when the aesthetic made a splash in design magazines and blogs alike. The trend continues to be popular, and for good reason. With different functions from kitchen-to- kitchen, there’s a lot of versatility when it comes to this look.

While still big fans of sleek cabinetry and concealed kitchen storage, we’re on Team Open Shelf for the aesthetic win. Here are the pros and cons of this style, and how to make the look work for you, through the good and the bad:

THE BAD:

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Image via ArchDaily

 

Firstly, let’s talk about the contentious nature of having open shelving in your home. As this earthy space demonstrates, the primary downside to open shelving is, of course, the issue of hygiene – the risk of dust and pesky pests hanging around your display is increased. While this may be the biggest deterrent for consumers considering installing open shelves in their kitchens, the issue is easily fixed with a simple clean and a little extra tender loving care.

THE GOOD:

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Image via Bloglovin’

 

There are many perks that come with open shelving, particularly regarding the increased storage options and the opportunity to show off art and your cutest kitchen knick-knacks. This kitchen’s owners have made their open storage space a feature wall, displaying functional items like plates, bowls and cups, as well as distinctive accessories like vases and sculptures.

 

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Image via Remodelista

Image via Apartment Therapy

Image via Apartment Therapy

 

Not as prominent as the all-white storage wall, but still packing a punch, these colourful shelves are bound to give a kitchen some serious personality. Probably less for utility and installed more for beauty, this kind of shelving is sure to bring out your artistic side.

For us, when it comes to decking out the shelves, our favourite thing to adorn open shelving is a beautiful, shiny appliance!

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ILVE’s IVFSCM34X Microwave is a perfect appliance to show off in your kitchen. As fashionable as it is functional, this product is designed to match perfectly with your choice of ILVE oven. Simple to use and made of the finest materials, with stainless steel used internally, this microwave is easily cleaned and maintained.

With many options to personalise, and a great look to boot, it’s easy to see why the open shelving trend has taken off!

 

For more information on the ILVE IVFSCM34X Microwave, visit out website at http://ilve.com.au/

Product Feature: Induction Cookers

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ILVE has been hand-building beautiful cookers in Italy for more than 50 years. Each cooker is made by craftsmen using only the finest materials, incorporating innovative designs borne from ILVE’s continuous research into the art of cooking.

With an international reputation for being the brand of choice for those passionate about cooking, IVLE offers stunning designs in range cookers, ovens and hobs, as well as the latest in technology and functionality. Offering a variety of both induction built-in cooktops and freestanding cookers, we’re at the forefront of design and style.

Why choose an induction cooker?

While gas cooking may be the tradition, induction cook tops have become increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. They are just as easy to control as traditional gas cookers, but are much faster to heat, saving valuable preparation time.

Another benefit is their extreme ease of cleaning. There are no elements underneath the glass top, so any spills on the surface can be simply wiped down. Traditional gas tops often require dismantling for a deep clean, a departure from the hygienic, streamlined nature of induction.

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Induction cooking is also much more energy efficient and better for the environment, using 90 per cent of the energy produced compared to only 55 per cent for a gas burner, and 65 per cent for traditional electric ranges. Boasting a number of different safety features, such as child lock, no naked flames and the ability to automatically turn off when cookware is removed, ILVE’s induction cookers are the perfect addition to any kitchen.
How does induction actually work?

A copper coil sits underneath the tempered glass, and when it comes 
into contact with stainless steel, or anything that has iron or ferrous in it, it creates magnetic energy, which then transfers into heat. Check out the handy diagram below for more information.

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Top tips for using induction technology

-Cookware must be compatible with induction heating, therefore it needs a magnetic base. This is because induction technology uses magnetic fields that transfer the cooking energy to the base of your cookware.

-When preparing a meal, it should be taken into consideration that induction cookers heat up much quicker than traditional cookers, which makes boiling water and cooking much faster then normal.

Safety features

-If you happen to over boil a saucepan or pot, or if the cooktop reaches a dangerous temperature, the cooktop will automatically shut down to prevent any harm on itself or the kitchen.

-ILVE’s induction cooktops are also fitted with a clever spill-detection device. If any liquid boils over, the cooktop is able to detect the spill, turn off and beep to alert the user.

 
The ILVE Induction Cooktop Range

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The pan-detection technology, specific to ILVE, will find the precise cooking zone the user is cooking on, and then adjust the temperature accordingly. Five seconds after the cooking temperature is activated the cooktop will 
go into lock mode to prevent an accidental change in temperature.

To adjust the temperature, or to activate another zone, the user simply needs to touch the button on the desired zone to modify.

Daniel Bertuccio, Eurolinx Marketing Manger, states, “As cooking time becomes more precious than ever, we have noticed a surge in interest from our customers. I also think as people become more aware of the environmental benefits compared to traditional methods, induction cooktops will continue to increase in popularity.”

ILVE induction cooktops also have a booster option, which means large quantities of water can be brought to the boil super quickly, with more power to an individual zone. With a total of six built-in cooktops and three freestanding cookers featuring induction technology, the ILVE range has something to suit every kitchen.

For more information on ILVE Freestanding ovens, visit our website. – See more at: http://www.livewithilve.com/#sthash.ovQ0pgFA.dpuf
For more information on ILVE Freestanding ovens, visit our website. – See more at: http://www.livewithilve.com/#sthash.ovQ0pgFA.dpuf

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This is what ILVE is all about. We are passionate about cooking, about food, about cooking great food and maybe failing in the first efforts. Everything to do with cooking and eating is an experience to be celebrated and shared. We believe in getting lost in a food moment and making sure as many people know about is as possible. From recipes to kitchen design, live with ILVE will feature guest content, reviews, images, tips and more from many walks of life.