When Huntly Joinery sent Lady Judi Gallagher to have a look at their sink range for her latest project — a new kitchen for her Whangamata beach house, she had never heard of Ikon before.
Lady Judi Gallagher, an architectural designer herself, has an eye for detail and knows exactly what she wants. Having been the architect of her private residence, a French-style chateau by the Hamilton lake, for which Lady Judi sourced the best products from around the world, down to the monkey tail window catches from England, is living proof of this. “I plan where every knife and fork goes, everything needs to meet my requirements,” Lady Judi says.
At the time when first visiting Ikon's showroom in Hamilton, she had been seriously looking at other appliance brands. “I was researching and comparing every brand on the market but the moment I walked into your showroom, there was no competition for the others. You are truly Hamilton’s best-kept secret,” Lady Judi says.
On Lady Judi’s shopping list were: two built-in ovens, a generously sized steam oven, a compact induction cooktop and a silent rangehood. Some of her key considerations were quality, functionality, size and a streamlined, integrated look to complement her minimalist Italian kitchen design.
A few visits later, she walked out purchasing not only two Sink Stations but also a range of Kleenmaid and Ikon appliances: a Power Pack rangehood, an Induction Cooktop, K-Touch Hydrolytic Convection & Steam Oven, 90cm built-in Multifunction Oven and a built-in Vacuum Cassette.
When asking her six months later which her favourite appliance is, she is quick to point out the Kleenmaid steam oven. “I love the hydrolytic steam oven — it is bigger than the average steam oven on the market which is important when you’re entertaining 20 – 30 guests at a time. Veggies, but also meat, come out beautifully tender and the hydrolytic self-cleaning function makes it so easy to clean. But most importantly, I find the Kleemaid appliances to be easy to use, well made and good looking,” she says.
She also finds the vacuum cassette, that is built-into the toe kick, very useful and handy and she points out that the concealed Power Pack rangehood is very quiet and allows for plenty of storage space around it which was an important consideration for Lady Judi when choosing products for her kitchen.
“Ikon staff has been wonderful and welcoming throughout the whole process, a huge eyeopener. I couldn’t recommend them more,” Lady Judi praises.