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The new Culinaire Collection can't promise to make dishwashing a joy, but it does promise to make food preparation and clean-up easier with deep bowls, coordinating faucets and multiple custom-fit accessories such as colanders, dish racks and cutting boards.
"I wanted a solution that would make life easier for me in the kitchen, and that's the inspiration for Culinaire," said Carol Houlik, American Standard Marketing Director for Kitchens.
Culinaire is also the solution to avoid time-consuming searches for kitchen sinks and faucets that look good together and perform well. Culinaire faucets were designed to coordinate with the sinks, so it's easier to choose a sink and faucet, along with versatile accessories, in one step.
With elegant European styling, Culinaire sinks are created from professional grade 18-gauge stainless steel in a brushed finish. Six top mount models and four undercounter models are available in single bowl, dual level and double bowl styles, as well as a roomy island sink. Culinaire sinks are deep, with off-center drains and an elegant upsweep on the sides to create a generous, easy-to-clean work area in the bowl.
The Culinaire accessories are especially appealing in their adaptability and perfect fit with the bowls. The steel dish racks with clear protective coating and rubber feet are particularly versatile. They can hold dishes to drain next to the sink, or they can be inverted and fit snugly across one of the sink bowls to drain right into the sink. "It not only saves countertop space, but drying the dishes in the sink makes the whole kitchen look neater and less cluttered," Houlik said. "The remote drain control is just one of the many features of the collection, but it's one of my personal favorites - it allows homeowners to open and close the drain without reaching into a sink filled with hot or dirty water."
Wood and synthetic chopping boards are designed to fit over the bowls for conveniently washing and slicing veggies at one time, or to work separately on the countertop with no-slip rubber feet. Other accessories include a soap dispenser, a stainless steel colander and grid racks fitted for the bottom of the bowl.
The four Culinaire faucets have the same European design with a high-tech feel, featuring unique minimalist single-control handles. One variation includes a spray pullout spout, while another has a gooseneck hi-flow design with a pull-down spout to rinse out the sinks after use. Faucet finish options include today's top picks for kitchens such as Satin Chrome, Polished Chrome, Stainless Steel, Blackened Bronze, White and Polished Brass. No need to worry about special finishes in the high-use kitchen environment, because American Standard guarantees the finishes for a lifetime. Culinaire faucets have ceramic disc valving for smooth handle operation and a lifetime of drip-free performance.
The first Culinaire sinks, faucets and accessories will be available in early 2003. The double-bowl model has a list price of $600 (U.S).
For more information about the Culinaire Collection please contact 1-800-387-0369 or visit www.americanstandard.ca
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