Category Archives: Appliances

DCoop Sourcebook – Capital Cooking Culinarian Series

A sidenote.  Of recent I’ve been dreaming of new appliances.

My kitchen is a relic from 1992 and at this particular moment I feel like Agent Smart making his way through the Cavern of Doors every time I want to do something as simple as boil water (which I do quite well actually….. you should see the way the bubbles form!).

To light my cooktop I actually have to use a match.  Not a real match but one of those BIC long stemmed lighters – same concept.  I’m like Shelly Long in The Money Pit hoping it won’t blow my turkey out the oven and into the 2nd floor master bathroom. My oven?  It lights when it wants to.

And that isn’t too often.

Not to mention, the sight of not-so-pretty appliances means that I’m not showing you photos of my kitchen anytime soon.  In fact, when people come over, the super awesome dual swing door is shut in a semi open position (because it needs new hardware).

Anyway, you can only imagine that when Capital Cooking invited me to actually use their Culinarian 36″ range during a cook off for this year’s Dwell on Design, I was like a kid on crack, trying really hard to contain my excitement but failing miserably.

I think there might have been a little piddle involved.

I’ll just get right to the good stuff.  The Culinarian Series is not just for the true chef but is also for the Top Chef Wannabe and the Macaroni-&-Cheese-From-A-Box Enthusiast.  I’m somewhere in the middle (who hasn’t had a hankering for Kraft Mac n’ Cheese at midnight?) and attempt everything from my own interpretation of Coq au Vin to a horribly simple batch of hard boiled eggs.  A great burner output (23,000 BTUs per hour… don’t ask, I don’t know either) but the ability to simmer at 145 degrees F make for ease of use on the cooktop while its 4.6 cubic foot convection oven (with built in Rotisserie functions) means you’re putting out Thanksgiving dinner for the whole crazy family.  Three available top options mean you could be having a BBQ indoors or going all Line Chef on those pancakes with a griddle. Did I mention it’s self cleaning?  Yeah…. Because Rosie quit and I hate cleaning the oven.

But I know.  I’m a designer.  Which means I’m not just thinking about function. I’m all about aesthetics.  I mean big time.  Ten standard color options including wine red, cobalt blue, and signal yellow.  Yes kiddies, this is that injection of color I mentioned in last week’s post on Chromophobia. And I’m sure if they ask nicely you can have their ranges in damned near any color you can imagine.

Just in case…. remember that Coq Au Vin I mentioned?  It received high praises from Surjit Kalsi, the brains behind Capital Cooking.  Not to mention evoked thoughts of Provencal France from half of the convention center. Since I’m so nice, I’m going to give you the recipe…. —> Here.

Now don’t tell me I didn’t give you anything.

Designer Tip: If you have the opportunity, test drive appliances before you buy.  Get a feel for the burners, quality of flames and heat output.  Knock around the handles, knobs, buttons.  A range should be no different than buying a car (though less expensive) and you shouldn’t have to settle for the unknown.  A number of dealer/showrooms are working spaces and would love to have you cook lunch for them.

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If you’re interested in purchasing any of the items featured on the DCoop Sourcebook, shoot us an email.

DCoopMedia was not compensated for this post. Except for one great comment from the CEO Surjit Kalsi. 

All images courtesy Capital Cooking.

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Subzero – The Battle Between Water & Aesthetics is Over


Let me preface by saying that I have one other love besides truly fabu lighting.  And that love is refrigerators.

Give me a 60 inch wide True commercial grade refer any day. Or Miele’s counter depth completely flush refer components.  Or even Lieberr’s just introduced in-wall wine system.  Yeah.  Shut up.  I know.

There, however, is one company on the market that really takes it to the next level.  Over the years they’ve become synonymous with high end refrigeration.  Their products are known the world over for being the best of the best.  The cream of the crop.  I’d go so far to say that they were truly the first innovator of the refer.  To take it from the round condenser on top of a white box with cabriole legs to what is really the second mainstay of the modern kitchen (second only to the range….).  I know them as the wet-dream of every housewife in America.  You know them as Subzero.

This year’s showing at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase (or KBIS for us industry peeps) was their first in awhile.  We missed them.  I’m sure the Twitter petition helped.  And me being the techie detail oriented geek that I am, went straight for the details.  Certainly, the introduction of their combination steam/convection oven was great and I’m sure the Smart technology in their newest lineup will turn heads,  but I latched on to something else.

The integrated ice/water dispenser.

For years, refer designers have struggled with the water dispenser.  Where the h-e-double hockey sticks do you mount that monstrosity?  Buyers and designers alike had to choose between the functionality that is having filtered water and fresh ice in a single machine with the aesthetics of flush and integrated fixtures that disappear into the cabinetry.

“No Wire Hangers!” Mommy Dearest says.  And now, we can say the same about water and ice.  Why?  Because the idea lightbulb finally went off in someone’s head (fortunately it was someone at SubZero) and they slim-lined that necessary evil into a very small pocket inside the refer.

Who’d have thought?!  Inside the refer?  Now that’s brilliant thinking.  No more streaks of water down the front of your freshly polished stainless steel.  No four-year olds with camel-istic instincts overfilling their sippy cups.  No more ugly mole on the face of your we-won’t-talk-about-price luxury.

So thanks be it to SubZero for making my job just a little bit easier.

My third love, just in case you wondered, is toilets.  More on that later.

For more information about SubZero’s awesome products visit their website at

Images courtesy Subzero Wolf and my not be copied without their permission.

D.Coop was not compensated for this post.

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All That Glitters Isn’t Gold … It’s Pink!

Things are coming up pink here at D.Coop. No, I’m not designing Barbie’s Dream House (though wouldn’t that be fun!)  Actually with October coming to a close I wanted to highlight a few of the awesome one-offs and limited editions that have come through my in-box benefiting breast cancer research.

That's my mom (and my niece) after her third 3-Day Walk! She's my Hero!

Now normally I try to avoid the serious subjects around these parts but this is one of those few times where I’ll put down my drink and have a real fireside chat. A few years back the Smith Family had a little scare with Breast Cancer and the result is that I wear pink.  Real Men Wear Pink.  Remember that ya’ll.

Anyway, the awesome thing about October is that my in-box becomes a-glow with all things pink. Scarves and pins and t-shirts and awesome little items.  But my favorites are the biggies. I love when designers go all Barbie and the big ticket items turn pink!  So in honor of the upcoming holiday season, I thought I’d put together a few of my favorites. You might want to keep your wallets and purses hidden because all of these gifts are going to make a big dent in your holiday shopping budget!

Fritz Hansen Swan Chair by Vincente Wolf

SuiteNYC collaborated with 19 iconic designers including Diane Von Furstenburg, Jonathon Adler, and Campion Platt to create special single editions of the Fritz Hansen Swan Chair as part of their Pink Swan Project with proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  I could devote an entire blog series to the 19 chairs themselves but I’m afraid the proliferation of pink might overload the WordPress servers!  None the less, you still have time to bid on a chair by your favorite designers.

Retail value of $3,000. Auction ends October 31st on

Viking Professional Series 30″ Range

Viking Range has paired with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to auction a special one-off pink version of their Professional Series range.  The highest bidder has the choice of either gas or electric and comes with it’s own matching pink hood.  You may just have a show kitchen but it will be a show kitchen with a cause!

Retail value of $7,000. Auction ends November 7th on eBay.

2012 Fiat 500, Pink Ribbon Edition

Available in a limited edition of 250 production models, the Fiat Brand has introduced a special Pink Ribbon Edition of it’s uber-popular, uber-cute 500 model.  Fiat has pledged $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for each sale with a minimum donation of $50,000. It isn’t the Bentley below but then again, the Fiat may be much easier on the wallet!

Starting at $22,000 from Fiat USA

Ralph Lauren Pink Alligator Ricky 33 Bag

Range. Check.  Car. Check. Bag? Check!  Ralph Lauren has introduced his iconic Ricky 33 in a limited edition pink alligator with proceeds going to his very own Pink Polo Fund. Question – just where did Ralph Lauren find the pink alligators?

$16,995 from Ralph Lauren

2012 Bentley Continental GT in “Passion Pink”

Commissioned by Symbolic Motorcars in La Jolla with proceeds of it’s $250,000 sale benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, this is the ONLY Passion Pink GT in the world.

$250,000 from Symbolic Motorcars

For more information and how to support Breast Cancer research, please click through to the benefiting foundations below:

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Pink Pony Fund

D.Coop received no compensation for this post.

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