Ever feel that ventilation hoods have taken over the modern kitchen? Escape the tyranny with this trio of discreetly styled ventilation fans:

Gaggenau's AT 400 Backsplash Ventilation freestanding unit serves as additional workspace and received a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Go to gaggenau.com for details:


Viking's Designer Series Versavent rear downdraft vent (available in 30-, 36, and 45-inch widths), retracts into the countertop when not in use; go to vikingrange.com:


Dacor's raised vent comes in stainless steel, black, or white and 30-, 36-, and 46-inch widths; go to dacor.com for information:


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