Striking, efficient and state of the art – three terms which could all be used to accurately describe a feature kitchen extractor, one of the most design-centric ways to clear persistent cooking smells from your kitchen. Sometimes known as kitchen island extractors because of their location above the kitchen island, feature extractors are becoming increasingly popular with our customers here at Kitchen Design Centre – and we think it’s no wonder!
One of the greatest draws of a feature extractor is in the design. While traditional cooker hoods are purely functional, a typical feature extractor combines cutting-edge technology with breathtaking design aesthetics to create a piece which is more than just a kitchen appliance – it’s a work of art. It’s fantastic at getting rid of lingering cooking smells in your kitchen, while at the same time making an elegant focal point and a fantastic conversation piece that’s perfect for impressing your visitors and dinner guests!
As a designer kitchen company, we can appreciate the work that goes into making an exquisite feature extractor. They draw the eye with high-end materials like glass and stainless steel, sometimes also making use of warmer-coloured metals like bronze or copper to make an extra visual impact. These materials are used in conjunction with innovative and often highly advanced technology that beautifully complement a contemporary design scheme.
For example, the Faber Skylift descends from the ceiling for use while cooking, and smoothly retracts back into place when you’re finished with it, leaving a clear line of sight across your kitchen. It’s mesmerising to watch, and it’s exactly this kind of design aesthetic that makes feature extractors so popular amongst so many of our customers.
Feature extractors are also outfitted with ambient LED lighting, giving you extra control over the feel of the space. (At Kitchen Design Centre we’ve got a range of options for you to choose from when it comes to the colour of these lights, depending on what you want the mood of the space to be.)
We’ve seen a number of intriguing feature extractors over the years here at Kitchen Design Centre, and we’re always keeping an eye out for new innovations or inventions! Some of our current favourite feature extractors come from industry-leading manufacturer Faber, and include:
The Faber Pareo
This sleek cylindrical island cooker hood is tucked away in a compact form until activated with a remote control. At the touch of a button it extends to its full length with a hypnotic, gently spiralling motion. It’s complete with four LED lights on its underside, which cast a soft glow on the kitchen island beneath. It’s resplendent in either a wonderful stainless steel or burnished bronze ‘Tibetan Silver’ finish.
The Faber Skylift
This is a particularly popular extractor amongst our customers. We’ve previously discussed the attractions of recessed ceiling extractors, which are built directly into the ceiling so as not to impose on the space, leaving a clean and spacious aesthetic.
As we touched upon above, the Skylift works on a similar principle; it’s a stainless steel design that rests in a ceiling cavity until required, at which point it descends to hover above the cooking hobs. Once you’ve finished cooking, it withdraws to fit snugly back into the cavity, maximising the feeling of space in your kitchen. Its ultramodern look is complemented by its rectangular white glass panel, with LED light strips that run along its borders.
The Faber Talìka
This feature extractor is a powerhouse of state of the art technology. It uses a Nautilus motor design which has been meticulously engineered to provide the optimum dynamics for powerful extraction, which is why it’s been awarded an A-rating for energy efficiency. What’s more, this technology is installed vertically in the extractor rather than at an angle, which means its especially compact, even by feature extractor standards. Its pure white base panel can be outfitted with a number of stunning finishes: copper, concrete or cross-titanium.
If you’re looking for a classy, powerful appliance that with a real wow factor, at Kitchen Design Centre we’d definitely recommend making a feature of your extractor. We’re staffed by a talented team of expert designers who are only too happy to help you make your final decision – just pop into any one of our showrooms in Blackburn, Manchester or Colne to have a chat with us in person!
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