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April 20, 2015
Every Monday, @dwell and @designmilk invite experts and fans to weigh in on trending topics in design. GE Appliances Design Director Lou Lenzi, John Colaneri from HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, and design and build firm Hufft Projects joined #ModernMonday this week to discuss American kitchen and appliance trends. Check out a few of our favorite responses, and use the hashtag #ModernMonday to join the conversation next week at 1pm EST / 10am PST.
Kitchen with Blu Dot barstools.

How would you describe the American design aesthetic?

@LouLenzi: The days of the "coasts" defining design doesn't apply. Good design is good design regardless of locale

@thisisheatherc: American design is clean, functional, and steeped in history.

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Originally appeared in The Ski Retreat for All Seasons
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Tomás Alonso Ikea PS 2014 furniture collection wood wall storage

Americans' routines differ from international behaviors. How should manufacturers take the U.S. lifestyle into account?

@Allie_Weiss: IKEA did a report that looks at global morning routines. Americans spend more time grooming, etc.

@designmilk: Americans tend to live with more "stuff" so storage is a must. Also flexibility of use, growing with families.

Originally appeared in Ikea Furniture Designed for Small Spaces
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GE Micro Kitchen Concept

How have American consumers' needs changed over the last 20 years? ​

@DianaBudds: There's a shift from a "bigger is better" mentality to "smaller is smarter" i.e. GE's micro kitchen

@LouLenzi: In the past 20 years we've gone from bigger is better to a focus on efficiency and outcomes

Originally appeared in Micro Kitchen Concept for Small Urban Dwellings
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Dyson Hygienic Mist Humidifier.

What appliances do you hope to see developed that would streamline your daily life?​

@Allie_Weiss: More appliances that can self-clean, like these humidifiers from Dyson.

@SusanSerraCKD: Cooktops that incorporates a countertop without it being a huge design/mechanical issue. Use it, then it goes away

Originally appeared in Dyson Humidifier Will Keep Your Air Clean Using Bacteria-Killing Technology
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Top floor office with a sloping ceiling and vintage pumpkin pine flooring

How can we improve the communication between designers & consumers so they can work together to build functional products?

@ColaneriJohn: The more designers can connect with consumers through social media and home shows will help bridge the gap

@matthewhuft: Case studies. These are becoming relevant and necessary for us. Truly learn from experience

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matthew williams
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Withings Home camera, CES

What appliance trends do you think will take off in the U.S. in the next five years? 

@SomfyUS: Smart home integration is going to be huge as technology advances.

@ColaneriJohn: Smaller, Sleaker, and tech savvy appliances are going to be the range over the next 5 years

@LouLenzi: Healthy meal prep, space efficient designs, connectivity, energy management

Originally appeared in X Smart Home Innovations We're Excited to See at CES
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Kitchen with Blu Dot barstools.

How would you describe the American design aesthetic?

@LouLenzi: The days of the "coasts" defining design doesn't apply. Good design is good design regardless of locale

@thisisheatherc: American design is clean, functional, and steeped in history.

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