Kitchen Stories
This recipe for seared scallops with puttanesca sauce is the quick and easy answer to “What’s for dinner?” Your family will thank you!
This recipe for seared scallops with puttanesca sauce is the quick and easy answer to “What’s for dinner?” Your family will thank you!

This recipe for seared scallops with puttanesca sauce is the quick and easy answer to “What’s for dinner?” Your family will thank you!

This recipe for seared scallops with puttanesca sauce is the quick and easy answer to “What’s for dinner?” Your family will thank you!

If your garden is overflowing with tomatoes, try this fresh and delicious fried halloumi and tomato salad today!
If your garden is overflowing with tomatoes, try this fresh and delicious fried halloumi and tomato salad today!

If your garden is overflowing with tomatoes, try this fresh and delicious fried halloumi and tomato salad today!

If your garden is overflowing with tomatoes, try this fresh and delicious fried halloumi and tomato salad today!

Sweet, salty and creamy come together to make this gourmet peach, prosciutto and goat cheese flatbread that is delicious and deceptively simple.
Sweet, salty and creamy come together to make this gourmet peach, prosciutto and goat cheese flatbread that is delicious and deceptively simple.

Sweet, salty and creamy come together to make this gourmet peach, prosciutto and goat cheese flatbread that is delicious and deceptively simple.

Sweet, salty and creamy come together to make this gourmet peach, prosciutto and goat cheese flatbread that is delicious and deceptively simple.

These zucchini and corn quinoa fritters are the perfect snack for your soccer-watching festivities!
These zucchini and corn quinoa fritters are the perfect snack for your soccer-watching festivities!

These zucchini and corn quinoa fritters are the perfect snack for your soccer-watching festivities!

These zucchini and corn quinoa fritters are the perfect snack for your soccer-watching festivities!

This patriotic pie will be a hit at your Fourth of July BBQ!
This patriotic pie will be a hit at your Fourth of July BBQ!

This patriotic pie will be a hit at your Fourth of July BBQ!

This patriotic pie will be a hit at your Fourth of July BBQ!

Kitchen Stories: Let’s Get Small
by Lou Lenzi, Director of Industrial Design for GE Appliances 

I’m dating myself with the Steve Martin reference, but that phrase will resonate with at least one of the two customer segments driving the shift towards smaller living spaces. 

While most trend spotters attribute these smaller confines to “urbanization” (the migration from the suburbs to urban centers) and the millennial generation, we can’t forget the 75 million strong Baby Boomers entering retirement, emptying the nest, downsizing, right-sizing, remodeling, or taking to the road.

Smaller living spaces – whether they’re micro apartments in city centers, vacation homes, casitas, or even RV’s - required us to fundamentally rethink appliance design. We couldn’t simply shrink today’s products down in size and honestly say we’ve met our customer’s needs. We went back to the drawing board to develop a new appliance form factor that would be compact, space efficient, and extremely flexible. We also knew our customer wouldn’t tolerate a product that doesn’t possess the latest thinking in technology and usability.

The result is a modular, easy to configure, customizable system. The base module is 24” wide and follows industry standard conventions for counter top height and counter top depth. It employs a drawer-based system for easy access and a smaller overall footprint, however, we utilize hinged doors where appropriate.

Have a look at our MicroKitchen and MicroLaundry concepts. Imagine going on-line, configuring your ideal kitchen, placing the order, and having it delivered in one piece to your micro-space.

Whether you’re a boomer, millennial, gen-x, y, or z, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Should we get small?
Kitchen Stories: Let’s Get Small
by Lou Lenzi, Director of Industrial Design for GE Appliances 

I’m dating myself with the Steve Martin reference, but that phrase will resonate with at least one of the two customer segments driving the shift towards smaller living spaces. 

While most trend spotters attribute these smaller confines to “urbanization” (the migration from the suburbs to urban centers) and the millennial generation, we can’t forget the 75 million strong Baby Boomers entering retirement, emptying the nest, downsizing, right-sizing, remodeling, or taking to the road.

Smaller living spaces – whether they’re micro apartments in city centers, vacation homes, casitas, or even RV’s - required us to fundamentally rethink appliance design. We couldn’t simply shrink today’s products down in size and honestly say we’ve met our customer’s needs. We went back to the drawing board to develop a new appliance form factor that would be compact, space efficient, and extremely flexible. We also knew our customer wouldn’t tolerate a product that doesn’t possess the latest thinking in technology and usability.

The result is a modular, easy to configure, customizable system. The base module is 24” wide and follows industry standard conventions for counter top height and counter top depth. It employs a drawer-based system for easy access and a smaller overall footprint, however, we utilize hinged doors where appropriate.

Have a look at our MicroKitchen and MicroLaundry concepts. Imagine going on-line, configuring your ideal kitchen, placing the order, and having it delivered in one piece to your micro-space.

Whether you’re a boomer, millennial, gen-x, y, or z, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Should we get small?

Kitchen Stories: Let’s Get Small
by Lou Lenzi, Director of Industrial Design for GE Appliances

I’m dating myself with the Steve Martin reference, but that phrase will resonate with at least one of the two customer segments driving the shift towards smaller living spaces.

While most trend spotters attribute these smaller confines to “urbanization” (the migration from the suburbs to urban centers) and the millennial generation, we can’t forget the 75 million strong Baby Boomers entering retirement, emptying the nest, downsizing, right-sizing, remodeling, or taking to the road.

Smaller living spaces – whether they’re micro apartments in city centers, vacation homes, casitas, or even RV’s - required us to fundamentally rethink appliance design. We couldn’t simply shrink today’s products down in size and honestly say we’ve met our customer’s needs. We went back to the drawing board to develop a new appliance form factor that would be compact, space efficient, and extremely flexible. We also knew our customer wouldn’t tolerate a product that doesn’t possess the latest thinking in technology and usability.

The result is a modular, easy to configure, customizable system. The base module is 24” wide and follows industry standard conventions for counter top height and counter top depth. It employs a drawer-based system for easy access and a smaller overall footprint, however, we utilize hinged doors where appropriate.

Have a look at our MicroKitchen and MicroLaundry concepts. Imagine going on-line, configuring your ideal kitchen, placing the order, and having it delivered in one piece to your micro-space.

Whether you’re a boomer, millennial, gen-x, y, or z, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Should we get small?

Kitchen Stories: Let’s Get Small
by Lou Lenzi, Director of Industrial Design for GE Appliances

I’m dating myself with the Steve Martin reference, but that phrase will resonate with at least one of the two customer segments driving the shift towards smaller living spaces.

While most trend spotters attribute these smaller confines to “urbanization” (the migration from the suburbs to urban centers) and the millennial generation, we can’t forget the 75 million strong Baby Boomers entering retirement, emptying the nest, downsizing, right-sizing, remodeling, or taking to the road.

Smaller living spaces – whether they’re micro apartments in city centers, vacation homes, casitas, or even RV’s - required us to fundamentally rethink appliance design. We couldn’t simply shrink today’s products down in size and honestly say we’ve met our customer’s needs. We went back to the drawing board to develop a new appliance form factor that would be compact, space efficient, and extremely flexible. We also knew our customer wouldn’t tolerate a product that doesn’t possess the latest thinking in technology and usability.

The result is a modular, easy to configure, customizable system. The base module is 24” wide and follows industry standard conventions for counter top height and counter top depth. It employs a drawer-based system for easy access and a smaller overall footprint, however, we utilize hinged doors where appropriate.

Have a look at our MicroKitchen and MicroLaundry concepts. Imagine going on-line, configuring your ideal kitchen, placing the order, and having it delivered in one piece to your micro-space.

Whether you’re a boomer, millennial, gen-x, y, or z, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Should we get small?

Pour yourself a glass of this refreshing strawberry lemonade and relax on your front porch.
Pour yourself a glass of this refreshing strawberry lemonade and relax on your front porch.

Pour yourself a glass of this refreshing strawberry lemonade and relax on your front porch.

Pour yourself a glass of this refreshing strawberry lemonade and relax on your front porch.

Light and refreshing, this Thai pasta salad is perfect for your next summer potluck or party. No need to tell anyone it’s vegan!
Light and refreshing, this Thai pasta salad is perfect for your next summer potluck or party. No need to tell anyone it’s vegan!

Light and refreshing, this Thai pasta salad is perfect for your next summer potluck or party. No need to tell anyone it’s vegan!

Light and refreshing, this Thai pasta salad is perfect for your next summer potluck or party. No need to tell anyone it’s vegan!

Make the Dad in your life a DIY Father’s Day gift he will love (or you can borrow). Follow the simple steps to make these etched beer glasses.
Make the Dad in your life a DIY Father’s Day gift he will love (or you can borrow). Follow the simple steps to make these etched beer glasses.

Make the Dad in your life a DIY Father’s Day gift he will love (or you can borrow). Follow the simple steps to make these etched beer glasses.

Make the Dad in your life a DIY Father’s Day gift he will love (or you can borrow). Follow the simple steps to make these etched beer glasses.

Triple the berries, triple the deliciousness with this Triple Berry Strawberry Pie recipe!
Triple the berries, triple the deliciousness with this Triple Berry Strawberry Pie recipe!

Triple the berries, triple the deliciousness with this Triple Berry Strawberry Pie recipe!

Triple the berries, triple the deliciousness with this Triple Berry Strawberry Pie recipe!

You can be picnic ready with this mayo-free goat cheese pasta salad! Mmm, mmm good.
You can be picnic ready with this mayo-free goat cheese pasta salad! Mmm, mmm good.

You can be picnic ready with this mayo-free goat cheese pasta salad! Mmm, mmm good.

You can be picnic ready with this mayo-free goat cheese pasta salad! Mmm, mmm good.

Get your grill fired up this weekend for this easy and delicious grilled bruschetta recipe!
Get your grill fired up this weekend for this easy and delicious grilled bruschetta recipe!

Get your grill fired up this weekend for this easy and delicious grilled bruschetta recipe!

Get your grill fired up this weekend for this easy and delicious grilled bruschetta recipe!

At home on the Range?

Back in the mid-70’s, Marty Pitstick, an Industrial Designer at GE’s Appliance Park Design Studio had a big idea. Why not free up the valuable countertop space occupied by the microwave oven by mounting it on the wall directly over the family stove? And why not incorporate a ventilation system into the microwave oven in order to function as a ventilation hood for the stove?

With that, an industry first was created with the 1978 debut of the GE SpaceMaker Microwave oven. Its introduction also launched a decades long love-hate relationship with the Over-The-Range microwave oven, or as we like to call them, the OTR. Depending on your point of view, the microwave is either the bane of your kitchen design sensibilities, to be banished to a pantry shelf or appliance “garage” in the corner of the kitchen, or is rightfully placed in its most convenient and space efficient spot above the range or cooktop.

After years of such give-and-take, we decided to spend some time re-evaluating the OTR user interface. By addressing improvements in ergonomics, accessibility, and usability, the resulting aesthetics might bring the microwave “out of the closet”, and place this kitchen staple in its dutiful spot above the range.

Here are a couple of design concepts that explore new door and control configurations. We think they merit further study. Would these design concepts convert anyone, and make new believers in Marty’s original idea? We’d love to know.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Include these spicy black beans in your celebration meal.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Include these spicy black beans in your celebration meal.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Include these spicy black beans in your celebration meal.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Include these spicy black beans in your celebration meal.

Here in Louisville, there’s just one thing on everyone’s minds … the Kentucky Derby! There might be a few of these mint juleps consumed this weekend.
Here in Louisville, there’s just one thing on everyone’s minds … the Kentucky Derby! There might be a few of these mint juleps consumed this weekend.

Here in Louisville, there’s just one thing on everyone’s minds … the Kentucky Derby! There might be a few of these mint juleps consumed this weekend.

Here in Louisville, there’s just one thing on everyone’s minds … the Kentucky Derby! There might be a few of these mint juleps consumed this weekend.