Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Laundry Service, or Life's Good

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Laundry is my favorite household chore. There's something almost magical about running dirty clothes through the washer and dryer and having them come out clean and smelling nice.

Floor plans of newer homes are taking washers and dryers out of a corner of the basement and putting them in open areas. Laundry, which had been a solitary activity, is becoming a communal activity once again. We've seen the same thing happen with kitchens and cooking. It should be no surprise that washers and dryers are getting a makeover as a design element.

Sears created a lot of buzz with its Kenmore HE4t washer and dryer, which comes in fashion colors such as Pacific Blue, Sedona (orange spice), and Champagne. Now LG, the Korean appliances company, has upped the ante with its Steam Direct Drive Washing Machine that comes in prints (source: Treehugger):

LG Direct Drive Washing Machine

Korean companies like LG and Samsung are no longer content to manufacture market appliances and consumer electronics cheaply ... they want to be innovators like the Japanese companies that came before them. View LG's Digital Multimedia Side-By-Side Fridge Freezer with LCD Display.

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