Thursday, July 17, 2014

Salone del Mobile - A Design and Art Extravaganza

As a kitchen and bath designer I try to attend as many tradeshows as possible to keep abreast of new and innovative products.  In addition to KBIS which is a must for me, I also had the pleasure of attending EuroCucina, The International Kitchen Furnishings Exhibition held in Milan every two years.   Wow!  What a fabulous event!

Salone del Mobile is an international design and art venue that is comprised of five components including: EuroCucina (Kitchen Furnishings Exhibition), & Technology for the Kitchen.   I was attending this event on a double mission - kitchen/bath designer and  writer.  As a kitchen/bath designer my focus was on the kitchen and bath pavilions but there was a whole other side to this event that was just as compelling.

In an article written for the June printed edition of K+BB(Kitchen and Bath Business), I covered many of the innovative kitchen and bath products that I saw at the event.  However,  recently I wrote an article for one of my favorite online designer magazines:  DesignerCircleHq.  This article: Salone del Mobile,  A Show  Within a Show,  is not kitchen oriented but instead addresses some of the other inspiring elements of the event.  Just click on the title to read the article.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On Assignment at EuroCucina

As many of you know I was in Milan in April for EuroCucina, the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition.  EuroCucina is a biennial event where over a hundred International companies debut their newest and most innovative kitchen products within their creatively designed kitchen spaces.  Usually when I attend one of my design events, I write several post relating to the experience but this time I decided to pen my thoughts and ideas for the Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB} magazine.  K+ BB is one of the most respected and well-read magazines in the industry.  With its excellent articles and eye on trends it is a great resource for design and trade professionals.  K+BB has a online magazine and a printed magazine.  Below is the article that I co-authored with Chelsie Butler, Executive Editor of  K+BB. The article appears in the May/June issue of the printed magazine.  To read the article here you may have to change the zoom size to at least 150% via the Tool bar.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Illuminated Backsplash

Backsplash Turned Off
From concept to completion a kitchen remodel can take a few months depending on the complexity of the design, and the size of the kitchen.  At some point in the design process, you'll need to talk about the backsplash. It often becomes a budgetary issue, so a client may choose to  just paint the area. However, there are lots of other options: tile designs(ceramic/natural stone), glass, metals (stainless, hammered copper), granite or other countertop extension up the wall and now there is Luminsplash.

Backsplash Lighting Turned On
Luminsplash is a 3/8" panel that can be ordered up to a 24" by 96" size piece.  The pattern ATI (Advanced Technology Inc.) displayed at KBIS is pictured on the right and is called Subway Tiles.  There is a dimmable light behind the laminate used to highlight the counter area.  This lighting feature offers an even distribution of light across the backsplash.  Of course, an even distribution can also be achieved by under cabinet lighting. This is just another option in the realm of kitchen design.

There are many design patterns available through ATI from which to choose.  Another great feature to this backsplash option is that you can customize your design. You can use a photo of your favorite ocean scene or a cityscape that you love and, since it's a panel, you can also change the scene whenever you want a change of scenery.

I love designing backsplashes and this option makes  a highlighted Tuscany wine scene in a bar alcove off the kitchen possible. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Design & Construction Week 2014 - Part Two - The Copper Craze

It was evident at the tradeshow this year that copper with its warm color tones is enjoying a resurgence in the building and design industry.  Copper is in its own class of excellence.  It can accent any style of d├ęcor: contemporary, traditional or transitional. Copper can be used as accessories to soften a modern setting, as wall panels to set the tone for a section of the room, as a focal point like the hood over the kitchen island, or just simply a hammered copper backsplash mixed with other materials. Sometimes homeowners want the color and look  of copper but not the maintenance. 

Rohl, who has offered high-end kitchen and bath products since 1983, displayed their eye-catching and award-winning stainless copper sink.  This handcrafted, stainless copper finish sink is constructed of  a 16" gauge commercial grade stainless steel and specifically designed for the high-end residential market.   It comes in either the single or double bowl  incorporating a  "quiet coat" insulation with  sound-deadening technology.   
The view below shows the thick coating for an undermount installation of the sink.  There's a radius edge around the bottom making it easier to clean while the sides have a very defined zero-edge.

This stainless copper finish sink  is great for homeowners who want that fabulous look of copper but not the maintenance. The copper color is achieved by fusing a thin layer of specialty metal to the surface.  It's very durable and can easily be cleaned with soap and water.  Because since there is not actually any copper used, the sink will not oxidize or patina over time.

Contemporary Look
Amerock, a hardware  company headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, continually creates new hardware designs and colors based on consumer trends and preferences.  This year their  new brushed copper pulls/ knobs took center stage.  Copper can be used in rustic settings or  it can add elegance and richness to a contemporary setting.

RangeCraft, the range hoods made to order, can help the designer create that perfect kitchen focal point.   Superior craftsmanship and handcrafted in the United States, this company offers the homeowner  a  wide variety of hammered /antique copper, brushed stainless steel and  the non directional stainless steel existing designs from which to select,  or the homeowner can have a uniquely designed hood using any material and any finish of their choosing.

Within the Elmwood Fine Cabinetry booth there was a fabulous glass with resin door that would be great in the kitchen as a refrigerator door.  It would be the focal point of the room at that point.  The picture on the left  is a
glimpse of the refrigerator door they were showing in the booth.  The door style is called Eclipse.  It is a polished Stainless Steel frame that looks like it has mitered corners but is actually all  one piece.  The insert in the frame is an architectural resin of your choice.  This copper colored one was the favored eye candy among the attendees in the booth when I was there.

There were many other elements like decorative tiles and fabrics that showed the desire to have the warmth and richness of copper present in as many rooms as possible  in your home.