In the 21st-century kitchen, when your oven texts you, don’t ignore it
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When it comes to kitchen design, generation gaps seem narrower than ever.

That’s because modern notes are sounding – mirroring trends in home furnishings – with simpler cabinet fronts, minimal hardware and clean, sleek lines in appliances and faucets. Modern is the fastest-growing category, according to a survey by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, also known as NKBA.

“We see kitchen design trending more contemporary this year,” says John Petrie, a kitchen and bath designer who is president of the trade group. That means “clean, simple lines, less clutter and little ornamentation.”

And technology is being embraced by all, with more efficient products that are smarter, faster and more stylish.

Connectivity, particularly, struck a chord at the recent 2014 Kitchen and Bath Show in Las Vegas. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that the latest data on the Internet of Everything (IoE) points to a growth from 10 billion to 30 billion devices in 2020, according to Allied Business Intelligence Inc. That means more network connectivity for everyday objects, allowing them to send and receive data.

How does that affect your roast? One buzzworthy introduction from Dacor is its first Droid-controlled wall oven, with a generous 4.7-cubic-foot capacity and Wi-Fi connectivity that will text you when dinner’s ready.

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