Harmony in form The words “Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine” by the renowned Japanese Zen master Shunryu Suzuki describe the important expressions of Zen teaching. This ancient philosophy is not so much about doing something special, as leading daily life mindfully. The design of the Amica Zen series takes inspiration from these maxims of Zen teaching. The appliances are meant to convey a slower way of life and calm and to be the antithesis to a highly engineered environment. The Amica Zen built-in oven was conceived for people who aspire to a calm and cosy atmosphere in their homes. The front of the oven is made of glass and wood in such a way as to convey calm. The choice of this most natural of raw materials is intended to create a harmonious appearance. This, at first sight, unusual combination works: Wood offers a logical contrast to the rather cool appearance of the stainless steel oven. What is more, the design of the Amica Zen succeeds in integrating state-of-the-art technology whilst still establishing comfort and harmony. The oven technology achieves an energy efficiency rating of A which corresponds to a 20 per cent usage reduction while offering excellent baking results. Several varieties of wood are available to make the oven fit into all types of surroundings. Furthermore, the oven’s wooden handle can easily be replaced at a later date.