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Product Feature: MYQ BBQ

MYQ

Whether you’re relaxing with family or entertaining friends, the hottest new barbeque on the market has got your needs covered!

With outdoor entertaining season just around the corner, gatherings naturally start to go al fresco. To suit this, the brand new MYQ affords you the ultimate barbeque experience. With its three rotary igniters with gas burners, multiple ergonomic cooking plate configurations and front control knobs, it can cook your favourite foods to perfection. It even includes ILVE’s famous and functional Tepanyaki Plate!

An impeccable addition to any outdoor area, the MYQ can be easily utilised as a second compact barbeque, or used as a primary barbeque for those with limited space.

So, how does it save so much space? The revolutionary patented barbeque design simply hooks onto a solid structure and then folds away when not in use. The storage cover even doubles as a splashback, saving valuable entertaining space!

MYQ’s portable design also allows users to self-install at a personalised height, as well as having a function for easy unscrewing and reinstalling. This makes it ideal for the ever-expanding rental market, and for those looking to effortlessly update their outdoor area.

Whether it’s for the backyard or the balcony, the MYQ’s innovative design and chic style is the perfect barbeque for compact outside spaces. Effortlessly integrating style and space-saving design, the MYQ is the best solution for eating and entertaining outdoors this summer!

MYQ

The ILVE MY-Q is available in October, weighs 30kgs, measures 650W x 630D x 255H and has a RRP of $1399.00.

For more info, log onto www.ilve.com.au

Trend Watch: Tiny Homes

Could you live in a space of 30 square metres? With cities becoming increasingly cramped, and sustainable living becoming more and more appealing, the Small House trend is taking off!

Residing in constricting spaces has never been as trendy as it is in 2015! Through initiatives like the Tiny House Movement, living small is catching on big time.

The Tiny House Movement was originally adopted by people searching for sustainable, off-the-grid housing, or by those with few alternative housing options in metropolitan areas. However the trend came to be, we just can’t help admiring a movement that focuses on making the most of what you have.

So whether you’re downsizing, or required to choose a home that’s on the smaller side, there are still options for curating a smart and stylish home, no matter the size! Check out the homes below for some serious small-home inspiration.

The Zoku Loft, via Apartment Therapy

Click on the image to watch it move!

This Amsterdam apartment uses clever, moveable furniture to suit the mood of its owner. With the ability to change-up the structure of your apartment with the pull of a lever or the shifting of a staircase, this home is really making the most of its petite size.

Image from Buzzfeed via Pinterest.

Not only does this curtain give a dash of dreamy Moroccan style to the bedroom, the choice to separate it from the other living areas in a tiny home gives the illusion of more space. With the curtains acting as soft walls, the bedroom is isolated and given a life of its own.

The 5:1 Apartment in Gramercy Park, designed by MKCA

Click on the image to watch it move!

This uber-modern home in Gramercy, New York is another example of a tiny apartment that has taken advantage of its compact dimensions. With a living room-based bed that’s concealed yet still easily accessible, this home goes from entertainment centre to cosy bedroom in just a few movements.

Image via Kataram Studios

A prime example of the Tiny House Movement, this cabin is designed for both ease and aesthetic. Storage is everything when it comes to living in limiting spaces, so even after downsizing, every nook and cranny must be taken advantage of.

While these spaces meld function and an incredible sense of style, you might wonder: where do you make space to cook? Luckily, ILVE has got you covered!

ILCM45X Oven

Our ILCM45X model is a touch control built-in Combi Microwave & Oven that’s a perfect fit for any miniscule kitchen. The combination between the microwave and traditional cooking systems means a reduction in execution times and an increase in energy savings (compared to traditional ovens). You get the same cooking results, albeit in a tighter space.

The ovens in the Creative Compact series are fitted with the most advanced electronics, offering up to 60 automatic cooking programs and up to 100 custom programs. You also have the function of storing these programs on a simplified digital display.

Whether you’re already living in a snug space or considering making the move, the ILCM45X is made to suit your needs!

 You can find more information on the ILCM45X model on our website or in one of our showrooms. – See more at: http://www.livewithilve.com

You can find more information on the  IVFIX4 Dishwasher on our website or in one of our showrooms. – See more at: http://www.livewithilve.com/#sthash.OVri9dBM.dpuf

Product Feature: IVFIX4 Dishwasher

IVFIX4 Dishwasher

Pulling still-dirty dishes out of your dishwasher is so passé. With ILVE’s IVFIX4 Dishwasher, a perfect clean is just a button away.

With ILVE’s habit of weaving style and function into their appliances, it was inevitable that their makeover of the humble dishwasher would be just as successful!

More of a tasteful accessory than a prominent visual feature, the ILVE IVFIX4 Dishwasher has been designed to be integrated into your home. With a stainless steel interior, LED display, 15 place settings, eight wash programs, a delay start from 1 – 24 hours, and a residual drying and anti-overflow system, it combines design excellence and ease-of-use in seamless synchronicity.

One of the dishwasher’s Smart features is an auto-sensor control that calculates the optimal water and detergent consumption level and sets the correct temperature and washing time by using specially designed sensors to assess the level of dirt on your dishes.

The dishwasher also features a turbo condenser dryer and plasma roof for an effective clean, every time. These settings help avoid condensation build-up after the wash cycle, and ensures the dishes are spotless and dry quickly. When you’re finished with the cycle, the IVFIX4’s easy, multi-position cutlery tray makes the packing, stacking and unpacking of your dishes the simplest of tasks.

One of the most important features of the dishwasher is its eco-friendliness: it boasts a 5-star water rating and 4-star energy rating. Not only is it easy on the environment, it’s also easy on your water bill.

With the simplicity and accessibility of the ILVE IVFIX4 Dishwasher, cooking and cleaning in your kitchen are more enjoyable, leisurely and stylish undertakings than ever before!

You can find more information on the  IVFIX4 Dishwasher on our website or in one of our showrooms.

 

Trend Watch – All About That Brass

Brass is coming back in a big way in 2015! Here is how to incorporate this craze into your home.

Trends this year have been all about bringing vintage charm back into the kitchen, and we love seeing the comeback of a classic accent: brass. A metallic rich in kitchen history, it’s hard to believe brass hasn’t made a major comeback already!

With its lived-in and earthy look, brass is the perfect grounding accompaniment to too-sleek kitchens, or homes that need a little extra pizzazz.  Below, we’ve rounded up some great examples of brass in the home for some inspiration.

 

Image Via Apartment Therapy

 

Subtly harking back to another era, this tap is a functional and chic way to add a splash of brass to the kitchen.  The vintage element of the tap’s design also lends a sense of timeless cool, giving this kitchen serious style.

 

Remodelista

Image Via Remodelista

 

To glitz-up a pure and minimal look, brass edging is a striking way to outline a kitchen’s silhouette. With other on-trend features included, like the ordered open shelving and industrial lighting, this look is thoroughly modern.

While this space has blended these trends successfully, take care to ensure there’s a balance between industrial touches and contemporary accessories when incorporating brass into your home. The vintage status of brass can tip into unpolished territory if additional aesthetics are a little too old-fashioned!

 

Image Via Elle Decor

 

Moody glamour is the name of the game for this kitchen, in a home recently sold by actress Cameron Diaz. These emerald cabinets make for an eclectic match with the heavy brass in this kitchen, but the streamlined architecture keeps it from looking disjointed.

With a brass this deep in tone, you can either allow the metallic to be the prominent feature, or find a look to match its vivacity. This home has definitely taken the flashier route, but with a dash of individuality, it’s pulling it off with confidence.

 

Image Via Wall Street Journal

Image Via Wall Street Journal

 

Not for the faint of heart, here’s a look that’s even bolder! This maximalist kitchen has really turned up the brass, from the bar stools to the lighting. Bright, brave and right on-trend, this is a look that’ll definitely leave an impression.

So, if you’ve been enticed to add a sophisticated touch of brass to your home, we’ve got just the kitchen essential for you!

 

 

Not only does the ILVE Nostalgie Double Electric Oven have 11+5 multifunction cooking modes, a Dual Rotisserie and a Catalytic self-cleaning system, it also comes with the option of gorgeous brass fittings. Seen above on a Matt Black model, there are seven further oven colours to choose from to complement the brass.

Brass is no longer a dirty word when it comes to interior design, so why not indulge?

The ILVE Story

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Ever wondered how one of Italy’s premier appliance brands got its start in Australia? Look no further!

 
The story of ILVE begins in 1952. Founded in Campodarsego, near Venice, the business was dreamed up by two visionary friends, Mr Illotti and Mr Berno. With their passion for food and their collective manufacturing skills, the brand’s ethos was simple: develop commercial-quality cookers for local restaurants as a way of indulging their passion for fine food.

When it came to naming the brand, rather than use a family name to identify the heritage of the business, the title of ILVE is instead a simple Italian acronym: I – Industria, L – Lavorazione, V – Veneta ,E – Elettrodomestici. This translates in English to ‘Industrial standard electrical appliances made in Venice.’

As ILVE grew in popularity, Messrs Illotti and Berno moved on from solely producing commercial cookers, officially introducing domestic cookers to Europe in 1965. From there, ILVE continued to make its mark as a luxury appliance brand in both homes and businesses.

After 29 years in charge, the time came for Illotti and Berno to pass ownership of the business onto their sons, a change that took place in 1983. In fact, the sons of the two pioneers still run the company today, maintaining ILVE’s 100 per cent family-owned status.

A mere year after the business was passed down from fathers to sons, ILVE arrived on our shores, introducing a unique European style and unrivalled level of quality to Australian homes for the first time.

ILVE’s innovative spirit has only strengthened since it became available in the Australian market, with the years that followed bringing with them a series of exciting developments for oven models – culminating in all ILVE electric ovens earning European Energy “A Class” ratings.

From 1952 until now, ILVE’s dedication to quality appliances and service has never ceased. We welcome you to join us on our journey as we continue to evolve.

Product Feature: ILVE’s Tepanyaki Plate

ILVE Majestic Cooker in Antique White featuring a Tepanyaki Plate

Foodies and fans of Japanese cuisine, rejoice! With ILVE’s Tepanyaki Plate, you can turn your kitchen into an authentic Japanese dining experience.  

No longer a humble kitchen appliance, the oven has become a beloved feature in the kitchen of any ardent home cook. With passion and expertise, ILVE is dedicated to bringing revolutionary and thoroughly modern touches to their range of ovens. ILVE’s Tepanyaki Plate is a perfect exemplification of this mission.

Introduced in 2008, the Tepanyaki Plate is an oven-top feature dedicated to delivering Japanese-style cooking in the home. The beauty of this kitchen masterpiece is the diversity, ease and healthy way in which it can cook all your favourite dishes.

The idea for the Tepanyaki Plate was conceived by the designers from the ILVE factory while on a business trip in Sydney. While being entertained at a local Tepanyaki restaurant, the designers were impressed and inspired by the innovative cooking style. Legend has it that the plans for the first domestic Tepanyaki designs were drawn up on an airline napkin on the flight back to Italy!

Naturally, the range features ILVE’s renowned handcrafted commercial quality, bringing an authentic touch of Italy, and now Japan, to any Australian kitchen.

For more information on our ovens with the Tepanyaki Plate feature, visit our website at http://ilve.com.au/, call us on 1300 694 583 or drop into one of our showrooms.

Epic Sail

Thierry Martinez Photographe

Ollie Hartas, the intrepid skipper of Team Southern Cross & ILVE, tells us about living with ILVE on the high seas.

Hi Ollie! How did your involvement with ILVE come about?

I started racing the 18’ skiff unsponsored and running it off my own savings account. After a season-and-a-half, Suzanne Stevens from Winning Appliances successfully got ILVE interested in sponsoring my skiff and we’ve been working together ever since Christmas 2013-2014.

Can you tell us about the kind of boats that you sail on?

The ILVE skiff is called an 18’ skiff and it is the absolute last word in extreme monohull sailing. Back in the 1800s they were workboats that Aussie harbour workers would race on during their lunch break. It grew to be the premier racing spectacle of the country, with races being run every weekend and spectators lining the shores of the entire Harbour with multiple ferries taking out keen punters to bet on the racing.

That sounds like a rather fancy day out.  

These boats are the Formula 1 of sailing, and there is a spectator ferry that follows the racing each week with live commentary. The race is also filmed and broadcast live online.

What happens during a race? Is it super-competitive?

When you get to the top level of any sport, it gets super- competitive. And when the top level of a sport involves big, strong Aussie blokes with egos and muscles bulging, things can get very, VERY competitive!

Are you used to the level of competitiveness now?

I started steering these boats when I was 19 years old and have been racing since, making me the youngest continuing skipper in the class by quite a long way. I am also the smallest of the sailors. This means that during my first season, a lot of the sailors sized me up and thought I was no threat to them… but in one of my first races, I shocked the whole fleet by getting a sixth place!

In the end, everybody in the fleet knows how difficult it is to sail these boats, let alone run one, so there is definitely a level of respect for anyone who stays with the class longer than two seasons, and I’ve steered the 18’ skiff for 3 seasons!

Is everyone pretty friendly with one another when they aren’t racing?

When you’re rigging the boats, everyone is everyone else’s mate and we’re borrowing tools and parts from each other and having a great time – but as soon as we hit the water, it’s game on and we are all in race mode.

What’s your favourite meal?

I have a number of favourite meals but I can narrow it down a little to pasta, chicken thigh on the BBQ, sushi, and anything with bacon!

Do you have a favourite ILVE product?

I love our oven because every time Mum bakes a cake or cooks up some fabulous dish, it always comes out perfect and delicious!

For Team Southern Cross updates and results, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/teamsoutherncross

For more information about ILVE, visit: www.ilve.com.au

Image by Michael Chittenden

Product Feature: ILVE’S Majestic Freestanding Range

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For those who need an oven that is as functional as it is stylish, we’ve got the model for you! ILVE’S Majestic Freestanding range encompasses some of our most luxurious and technologically advanced models.

With a classic-cum-contemporary look, the Majestic Freestanding models are kitchen centerpieces that are sure to demand attention. Featuring the same cooktop options as the ILVE Quadra range, these exceptional cookers will compliment any kitchen, and its chef.

With several innovative configurations for added kitchen safety – from the cool touch athermic door handle, triple-glazed glass for cooler door temperatures and integrated twin cavity cooling system – ILVE creates a carefree cooking experience.

Adding to the models’ practicality is the no-fuss cleaning features. Self-cleaning catalytic liners and roof panels are paired with a non-staining vitreous enamel interior for a low-maintenance cleaning practice, while the oven door is constructed with dismountable inner glass for easy removal.

Apart from their functional features, the distinctive style of the Majestic Freestanding Ovens ensures that they stand out in the marketplace. To enhance their sense of style even further, ILVE offers customers the chance to create a customised look. Choose between one of eight colours, including the Burgundy, which shares a similar aesthetic with 2015’s most prominent colour, Marsala (also the Pantone Colour of the Year 2015). Finish off the look with brass, chrome or bronze fittings, and select from five available sizes (70cm, 90cm, 100cm, 120cm and 150cm). Also available are matching range hoods with infrared heat lamps.

Always innovative and creative, ILVE continues to provide unrivaled design, choice and functionality to the kitchen.

ILVE’s Majestic Freestanding Ovens are on display in ILVE showrooms and selected retailers.

Interview with The Block's Kyal and Kara

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We had a chat with The Block fan favourites Kyal and Kara Demmrich about their design inspirations, advice for would-be renovators, and their life after The Block.

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Who are your biggest design inspirations?

From an interior design point of view, Hecker Guthrie and his team are so amazing at creating beautiful spaces. They are definitely an awesome team of inspiring, creative people. Mark Tuckey and his team are inspiring, we love that their simple timber designs are always fresh and they use recycled timber and sustainably managed forestry sources. Architectural Digest is also an awesome place to go and get inspiration from around the world.

What is the best piece of renovation advice you learned from your time on The Block?

We learnt a lot about time casino online management and planning on The Block. Good quality workmanship can happen if you are pre-planning, are organised and have a great team behind you. In the “real world” its not always possible to turn a bathroom around as quickly as we do on The Block, however we learnt to be more efficient with our time, and we have taken a few of these skills into our own business.

What do you think would-be renovators should know before undertaking a home transformation?

First time renovators should know that you can”t complete a quality home renovation without professional tradesmen. It”s important for people to realise that there are a lot of things that you just can”t do without a professional, for example plumbing, electrical, structural carpentry work and tiling. It’s cheaper, and safer, in the long run to get a professional to complete these things. Planning is also important, not only in terms of layout and aesthetics, but also setting a budget. Also be clear as to what your goals are. Are you renovating to sell, as a “stepping stone” or is this your “dream home”? Thinking about these will help to ensure you don”t over-capitalise or have regrets about choices you are making.

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Copper and brass are really hot at the moment, whether that is fixtures and fittings such as pendants and tap ware, or something a little less permanent, like copper candle holders or table lamps for styling. I predict we will be seeing some exciting new concepts in bathroom fitting designs, such as tapware of different finishes and colours. I can also see some Moroccan inspired designs making a come back in interior soft finishes and patterned tiles.

How is life after the Block? Tell us a bit about your new business.

Life after The Block has been very exciting for us! We have launched our own design and construct business Diverse Design & Construct. We offer a range of services including renovations, new builds, commercial and retail fit out and custom bespoke pieces. We have some exciting projects in the pipeline. We also have some great DIY videos coming later in the year, for those looking to undertake some small projects of their own. You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for updates on projects.

We are also ambassadors for some great companies, including Bisley Workwear and Beaumont Tiles. This month Kyal and I are involved in a great initiative, “National Tradies Health Month” run by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and sponsored by Steel Blue Boots, it”s all about educating tradesmen on the importance of better health and safety.

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From March 1st until the end of May, ILVE has a very special giveaway available to our customers when they purchase new ILVE goods from one of our retailers.

By spending $4000 on ILVE appliances, you will be

eligible for a free IV600FSM microwave. Buy $7000 worth of ILVE appliances and receive a free IVFIX fully integrated dishwasher. And last but not least, if you purchase ILVE appliances with a total of more than $10,000, you will receive a free IVCSZ40 wine cabinet. Who can resist that?

Please note that the offer is limited to one free product per offer.

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