Inspired by the Olympic torch and making visual reference to the Sydney Opera House, the 80-level Q1 apartment building soars high above the Gold Coast

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Kitchen with white cabinetry and black benchtop, and dishdrawer dishwasher with view of dining area beyond.

Cooking appliances are often proudly ondisplay because their complex design is a sign of the homeowner's commitment to good food. Yet, regardless of its contemporary appeal, most people prefer the dishwasher to be out of sight, so as not to be reminded of the washing up.

This is why a popular attribute of the Fisher & Paykel Dishdrawer is that it can be installed behind cabinetry drawers, and therefore concealed from general view.

"Open-plan kitchen areas such as those favoured in the Q1 apartment interiors, require appliances that blend into the overall scheme of the living area," says Fisher & Paykel marketing manager Steve Reid.

Equally important as its ability to blend into the overall aesthetic, is the dishdrawer's ergonomic appeal. The sliding drawer offers easier access, improved visibility and requires less movements to open, load and close. Dishes in this apartment can be rinsed under the tap and stacked into the dishdrawer without the homeowner bending down and risking back strain.

"An internal flexible racking system enhances the dishdrawer's adaptability to the needs of individual households," says Reid.

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Laundry with washing machine.

A full range of wash programmes, as well as half-load options, ensures the dishdrawer is both energy-efficient and cost-effective.

This ability to tailor an appliance to a homeowner's specific requirements extends to Fisher & Paykel's range of laundry appliances.

Usually the smallest room in a freestanding house, in an apartment the area allocated to the laundry is even more minimal. This is why Fisher & Paykel manufactures washing machines that offer a generous capacity 5.5kg or 7.5kg without taking up too much floor space.

In this Q1 apartment, the Fisher & Paykel 5.5kg washing machine has four wash load options and three spin speeds, enabling it to cater for a variety of wash requirements.

"Anything from a silk blouse to a rugby shirt can be effortlessly cleaned, leaving homeowners free to pursue the kind of easy-going lifestyle often associated with apartment living," says Reid.

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Dryer suspended on wall.

Other features include auto out-of-balance correction, lid lock and auto-lint disposal.

To complete the appliance ensemble in this Q1 apartment, a Fisher & Paykel dryer with a 3.5g-capacity dryer is installed. This is turned upside down and attached to the wall, to enable the space below the dryer to be used for afreestanding cabinet with a benchtop for folding and sorting washing.

Prominent features of the Fisher & Paykel manual dryer are timer controls, lint filter, internal venting and temperature settings.

In keeping with all Fisher & Paykel appliances, the dishdrawer, washing machine and dryer are backed by a manufacturer's warranty.

For more information, contact Fisher & Paykel, Private Bag 7, Silverwater, NSW 1811, phone (02) 8745 8200, fax (02) 8745 8209. Website: www.fisherpaykel.com.

Story by: Trendsideas

24 Mar, 2006