GE Appliances

July 1, 2014

Millions of Americans, from Millennials to Boomers, are seeking smaller living quarters to simplify or downsize. To accommodate shrinking spaces, GE Appliances’ new micro-kitchen concepts keeps users living large in a drastically smaller footprint. GE’s micro factory production facility located in Louisville, Ky., will enable the company to quickly prototype, make and sell small batches of the micro kitchens in late 2014. One concept, dubbed the monoblock, is an integrated unit with cooking, cleaning and refrigeration in a single standalone enclosure that would become a seamless part of the cabinetry. The second concept is based on a countertop-high, 24-in.-wide modular platform. This drawer-based system allows the consumer to choose the modules they want to have in their living space. All traditional kitchen appliances, including a microwave oven, conventional oven, convertible refrigerator and freezer and dishwasher, are drawer based. An induction or radiant glass cooktop, downdraft ventilation system and kitchen sink with disposal complete the kitchen.

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