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A trip to Thermador’s BSH Experience and Design Center

Entrance

The entrance at the BSH Experience Center

Last week, I flew down to Irvine California to the BSH Experience & Design Center to attend a private Thermador/Traditional Home event.  I had been here two years ago for a Bosch/BLANCO experience and was very much looking forward to seeing the newest from Thermador.

Before I touch on Thermador, for those of you just starting your project or are new to our profession, yes, the luxury brands Bosch and Thermador are under the same corporate umbrella, along with Gaggenau and others. Each one operates under their separate visions and mission statements.

BSH stands for Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Group or,  in German, Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. (Say that three times fast.)  It is the world’s third largest leading manufacturer of high-end appliances and was started by both Bosch and Siemens  in Munich, Germany back in 1967. (Siemens is a very large, world-wide company that we don’t see much of in the US.) BSH  acquired Gaggenau in 1994, and Thermador in 1998. The Bosch and Siemens Corporation here in the US is a subsidiary of BSH. Are you with me so far?

Here's the rest of the sign once you get in the doorway.

Here’s the rest of the sign once you get past the doors.

The BSH Experience & Design Showroom is a state-of-the-art showroom and all the appliances work, including the built-in coffee maker, so you can blame both the folks at Thermador and my overindulgence in good coffee for some of the blurrier shots.

Design Experience

Graham Sadtler, Industrial Design Manager for Thermador, takes us through the latest innovations.

Graham Sadtler, Industrial Design Manager for Thermador, takes us through the latest innovations.

Together, our group had the chance to discuss steam/convection, the trends in ice and refrigeration, as well as the induction cooking and column refrigeration. I’ll touch on some of this in future posts, but for now, let’s take a quick tour.

Thermador refer

Rick Hackett, Senior Product Manager, Refrigeration, explains the science behind Thermador’s refrigeration.

Steam ovens, and pro ranges and wall ovens in the cooking theater.

Steam ovens, and pro ranges and wall ovens in the cooking theater.

    Chef Kyle Jakobi, Executive Chef, shows us how to cook on the various appliances and then sets us loose. We "make" our own lunch, whereby making includes all prep done ahead of time. Yes. I want this for my home too. And it was delicious.

Chef Kyle Jakobi, Executive Chef, shows us how to cook on the various appliances and then sets us loose. We “make” our own lunch, whereby making includes all prep done ahead of time. Yes. I want this for my home too. And it was delicious.

Thermador's 48" range which includes the steam/convection, and warming drawer along with the oven.

Thermador’s 48″ range which includes the steam/convection, and warming drawer along with the oven.

The controls on one of the Thermador wall ovens.

The knobs and buttons on one of the Thermador wall ovens.

Note the lower sides. As one of the Thermador team said, “Still tall enough for a Venti cup of coffee.”

DID YOU KNOW…?

Thermador has a fascinating history of innovation. In 1947, they invented the separate wall oven. This was also the year they introduced stainless steel to home appliances:

Themador History

This was taken in the Thermador “history corridor” (that’s my name for it), and shows the first set of wall ovens invented by Thermador back in 1947.

In 1963, a show called “The French Chef” debuted on WGBH public television. The chef, Julia Child, used her own kitchen for three seasons of the show. The appliances in her kitchen? Thermador.

Julia Child Kitchen

Again, my shot from the Thermador history gallery.

Thermador also introduced:

  • the first warming drawer for home use (1952)
  • the first self-cleaning oven (1963)
  • the first sealed gas burner (1987)

In 2016, they will be celebrating their 100th year.

Until next time,

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**FTC Disclosure: My invitation from Thermador included transportation, accommodation, lovely meals, and very gracious hosts. All words, thoughts, and ideas on this post are mine. I was not asked to write about this experience.

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  1. Great article Kelly. I’m amazed at all of the new choices there are in appliances. I walked through a bunch of displays at a local Best Buy and was blown away. It’s easy to see why good designers are needed. There is just so much to know!

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