New Obsidian Refrigerator & other Products at PCBC

By Dan Gregory

"Open Sesame!" acquires new meaning with this refrigerator, thanks to its black interior.

Here's what caught my eye at PCBC (Pacific Coast Builders Conference) last week.

The new black is very cool — temperature and style-wise! It’s the new luxury French door refrigerator from Jenn-Air called “Obsidian,” with an interior that is all black, shown above. It’s definitely a surprise, and though you might think such a dark hue would make finding the yogurt harder, that doesn’t seem to be the case thanks to the dramatic LED lighting. Ferguson, the kitchen appliance gallery, describes it this way:

"Imagine the surprise of opening a refrigerator and finding something unexpected. The good kind of unexpected. A dramatic and sophisticated deep charcoal interior instead of the traditional white one. This is just what luxury appliance innovator Jenn-Air intended with three new refrigerators featuring a stunning black interior called Obsidian. The dramatic interior shade extends the elegant design of Jenn-Air products from outside to inside the appliance, and puts food on display in an impressive, pristine way. The new refrigerators, scheduled for availability in October, include a 36" Built-In 2-Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator/Freezer model along with 36"and 42" Fully-Integrated French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator/Freezer models.


  • Multi-point LED lighting to create a dramatic, jewel box-like showcase for food
  • Specially designed articulated hinge that installs for a fully-integrated and flush appearance
  • Use of custom panels that blend seamlessly into kitchen
  • Stainless steel doors, offered in a sleek Euro-Style and commercial-like Pro-Style®
  • Multi-point LED lighting throughout the cabinet interior
  • Soft close drawers
  • TwinFresh® climate control system that uses dual evaporators"
Decking innovations. Stepstone has expanded their offerings in pre-cast concrete pavers with a more reflective surface for some styles, new capstones, and lighter weight units for roof decks. 

Slider News. Integrity Windows from Marvin launched its impressive four-panel sliding door.

It can be16 feet wide and 8 feet tall or 10 feet wide and 6.5 feet tall and there are various options for divided lites. The two operable sliders are at the center; fixed panels are at the sides. 

A more contemporary style will be appearing later in the year.

Parade of Products Dishwasher Winner. The new KitchenAid® Architect® Series II, 24-inch,  5-cycle/6-option dishwasher, won a 2014 PCBC Parade of Products Award.

It's AquaSense™ technology recycles water from the dishwasher’s final rinse cycle and uses it in the next load’s pre-rinse cycle. Fresh water is then used to finish the cleaning cycle. According to the manufacturer it uses 33% less water than comparable models.

For a list of all 16 products that won POP awards click here

Thu Jun 26 00:00:00 PDT 2014