After years of slumping—or is it repressed?—innovation, 2015 is shaping up to be rather exciting for major kitchen appliances. Today brings the announcement of a refrigerator that incorporates a single-serve coffee machine. Snap the Keurig brewing module onto the filtered-water dispenser of the GE Café fridge, and piping-hot java is just a push-button away. If that's not easy enough, an app lets you schedule the specific time you'd like to have your caffeine fix. This appliance will be on the market in the third quarter of the year. geappliances.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.