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GE Debuts New Appliances for Small Space Living

GE's latest concepts fit the downsized home.

As smaller homes become popular, GE is introducing a line of downsized appliances that will fit in even the tiniest apartment.

Two new concepts will debut later this week, and combine new form factors with smaller footprints.

The first, which GE calls a "monoblock," combines a cooktop, dishwasher, and refrigerator in a single enclosure. Just put it in a room, and you've got yourself a kitchen. Customers could either integrate it with existing cabinetry, or customize the monoblock with their own design choices.

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GE calls this micro-kitchen concept "monoblock." It contains everything you'll need for cooking and cleaning. View Larger

The other design is a modular platform of drawer-based appliances. Customers can order modules for a microwave oven, conventional oven, convertible refrigerator and freezer, or dishwasher, and every one of them will fit inside a standard 24-inch cutout. The rest of the kitchen is made up entirely of panels, which the homeowner can customize at the time of construction.

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Modular, drawer-based appliances allow for a plug-and-play kitchen. View Larger

The new appliance designs dovetail with GE's FirstBuild crowdsourcing platform, which started soliciting ideas for a micro-kitchen concept back in May. Though the monoblock and modular kitchens came from GE's own studios, FirstBuild users can solicit their own designs online.

GE plans to publicly debut the micro-kitchen concepts at the Dwell on Design home show tomorrow, and we'll be sure to have a hands-on review as soon as we see them in person.

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