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“+do” ガスレンジ The “+do” gas range

When I first arrived in Japan and looked for a gas range for my kitchen, I was surprised to see that almost all products “made in Japan” were looking more or less similar. In Europe, the choice of a cooking range is with the refrigerator one of the decisive point for the global look of a kitchen. They have to be functional but also beautiful…This is one of the Keywords of Sir Terence Conran that always inspires me.

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After some time in Japan, I understood that the “uniformity” and the lack of attractiveness of the cooking range market was determined by one thing : all cooking ranges have to be of the same size so they can be paired with any system kitchen in the country. Before being beautiful, the products had to be “standard”. A classic ideal Japanese system kitchen should before all other consideration look “functional”.

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When I was asked by Tokyo Gas to propose the concept of a new gas range, this was a very challenging starting point : how to create a product with a personality within the limits of a standard? That is how the “+do” product is born.

The first “charming point” of the “+do” is revealed by its naming (part of the logo created by l’Espace is PJ handwriting). “+do” means at the same time “Let’s cook!”, “Let’s have fun”,”let’s enjoy cooking with me” and “Plus Dutch Oven”. The Japanese cooking ranges are all “top ranges”, which means they do not come with an oven. The only function added to the cook top is a small space for grilling, mainly fishes. For me, it was a pity that this space could not be used as a small oven that’s why I suggested to design a specific Dutch Oven that could be used inside, allowing to cook stews, bread and desserts the same way you would do in a normal oven.

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The second “charming point” is the temperature you can reach with this range. I like to cook Chinese style fried rice in a wok but the problem is that the average gas range, even in France stays around 2500 Kilo calories. So, you heat your wok well but when you put your rice inside, the temperature decreases and you get a result that does not really taste like it should. For the “+do” the technicians working with us challenged to reach 3500 Kilo calories on the main burner. This is the maximum legally allowed for home appliances.

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These are the two main technical innovations of the product. Now, let’s look at the picture at the bottom of this text. You will see
1) On the left, you have a large space for cooking. This is the main burner and the space allows you to use comfortably a big size wok shaking it Chinese style.This is something you will not find on any product even on the international market. If some day you get a chance to use a wok with a “+do”, you will feel the difference.

2) Now, look closely at the top and you will notice that the grid is divided in 3 elements. Because we used a strong, long aging material for the grid, it became a bit heavy. Separating in 3 parts makes the weight much more light.The fact that the grid covers all the surface is also a comfortable point when cooking because you can slide your pans without having to lift them.

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Finally there is an aspect that is related more with fun, it is the design of the buttons and the design of the buttons panel. When you look at the picture you see that the panel is nor horizontal nor vertical, it is oriented to be in the direction of the natural movement of the user. The buttons in the shape of a knob are also designed to offer a perfect prehension.

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Sorry for being long but I like to show that the ideas I introduce in my books are also embedded in all the products I conceive. There is always a detailed story behind. That is what the jury understood when they gave the “Good Design Award” to the “+do”