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Mar 21 2016

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Editors’ Picks from the AD Design Show

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Last week, we attended the 2016 Architectural Digest Design Show, which was held March 17-20 on Piers 92 & 94 in New York City. We spent most of our time visiting the kitchen, bath and luxury appliance exhibitors, which included new products from more than 100 companies.

We also received a special tour of this year’s DIFFA Dining by Design, which will be covered in next week’s Industry Watch digital newsletter and as a special news feature on kbbonline.com.

The following are some of our favorite products we saw at the AD Design Show, including ovens, ranges, cooktops, ventilation, bath and decorative hardware, cabinetry, countertops, stone, tile, windows and doors.

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Dacor’s Discovery WineStation is the first of its kind to display, dispense and preserve four bottles of wine for up to 60 days with a commercial-grade dispenser and preservation system for the home.

Gemstone Tile

Gemstone Tile specializes in turquoise tile. The shower tile featured above runs $2,900/square foot.

Jenn-Air

Jenn-Air’s Obsidian Interior black interior refrigerator features white LED lighting and was released last year.

 

TracyGlover-Dimple-TourmalinePrimavera (1)The Blackburn Pendant by Tracy Glover features a dimple-shaped diffuser in the Primavera pattern in the tourmaline color.

SA Baxter

SA Baxter’s brass doorknob; the company makes pulls and knobs and recently added light fixtures.

*Blomberg Pro Gas RangeA 30-in. stainless steel pro gas range from Blomberg is one of the largest in its class.

Viking

Viking‘s own professional chef, Joe Arvin, demonstrated the latest in cooktop technology. The Incognito cooktop countertop allows the trivet to transfer heat from the countertop directly to the pan, creating more space for cooking and serving.

*SubZeroandWolf

This photo features Sub-Zero wine storage and built-in refrigeration, as well as a Wolf dual-fuel range/ventilation.

Rangecraft

RangeCraft’s Miami hood features mirrored titanium metallic enhanced with Swarovski crystals.

AGA Marvel solid cast-iron oven - one of 15 colors

Above is the AGA Marvel solid cast-iron oven in one of 15 colors.

*Stikwood Sierra Silver

Reclaimed Sierra Silver peel-and-stick planks from Stikwood are a mixture of brown, red and gray tones and retail for $14/square foot.

Feb 29 2016

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Revisiting the Kitchen Debate

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to preview Make-Believe America, a new exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). The exhibit explored U.S. cultural exhibitions following the Cold War and how design was used to rebuild international relationships.

It’s been ages since my last history class, and I honestly didn’t even remember that the U.S. went to any effort to get along with the Soviet Union. Turns out we did quite a lot – including showing off to the Russian public.

IMG_1433New York Times Magazine article on the American National Exhibition in Moscow, 1959

It started with an official trade show where different countries would display primarily cultural items to explain more about their own societies. The American pavilions showed off its architectural designers, like Herbert Bayer, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and R. Buckminster Fuller, with complex exterior structures. Inside was everything from a moon rock from the first moon landing to Babe Ruth’s baseball jersey.

Of course, the most interesting part for me was the kitchen displays. As all of these exhibits happened in the mid-century time period (1955-1975), there’s not too much to brag about compared to today. But the Russians – who were used to having no choice in what color refrigerator or dishwasher or whether they wanted laminate counters or stone – were awed by the choices Americans had and that they could afford them in the first place.

IMG_1438  A domestic appliances section in the American Exhibit

My favorite display talked about the “Great Kitchen Debate,” when Vice President Richard Nixon and Premier Khrushchev toured the U.S. exhibit in Moscow together. The model home in the exhibit was dubbed “Splitnik” because it was split down the middle to allow visitors to walk through (talk about underlying spite). Tensions had already been rising between the two when this exchange happened:

Nixon: American houses last for more than 20 years, but, even so, after 20 years, many Americans want a new house or a new kitchen. Their kitchen is obsolete by that time. The American system is designed to take advantage of new inventions and new techniques.

Khrushchev: This theory does not hold water. Some things never get out of date – houses, for instance, and furniture, furnishings – perhaps – but not houses. I have read much about America and American houses, and I do not think that this is exhibited and what you say is strictly accurate.

Nixon: You can learn from us, and we can learn from you. There must be a free exchange. Let the people choose the kind of house, the kind of soup, the kind of ideas that they want.

Khrushchev obviously need a remodel.

IMG_1436            Nixon and Khruschev in the kitchen exhibit

Feb 22 2016

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Open House Reveals Ideal Model Home

My boyfriend Scott and I recently went to see a model home in a new neighborhood close to where we live. He had actually been a handful of times already, but whenever we wanted to go together – it was not an open-house weekend. We are not exactly ready to start actively looking, but this home has all the things we are both looking for and then some.

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The kitchen is part of an open floor plan on the main level, flanked by a dining area and across from the living space. Ample cabinets and a nice, big island with seating run circles around the kitchen we have now. And the island, countertop and backsplash break up the never-ending white that seems to be so popular these days.

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To the back left of the kitchen is a mud room space that leads to the outdoors, and on the other side is a large pantry. The more casual dining space is lit up with an expanse of windows, while a smaller, more elegant dining room is closer to the front door for more intimate gatherings. I didn’t take a photo of that space because there were potential buyers in there meeting with real estate agents, but I loved that the table was round with arm chair-style seating.

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The master bath on the second floor features his-and-hers vanities on either side of the space, as well as a huge soaking tub and a shower big enough for multiple people to sit in. I am not usually a “tub” person, but this one looked very inviting, and I loved that it was near the windows for natural light.

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The basement level was decked out with an entertainment space with a wraparound couch, a bar and a bistro table for two. All in all, the space was perfect. There was even a home office/library as soon as you walked in the door. I might change a color here and there – I do like my color – but I wouldn’t have to make many changes too soon. I wonder who the designer was?

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Feb 01 2016

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My Favorite from the #HowDoYouPerlick Design Contest

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The #HowDoYouPerlick Design Contest asked four industry experts to design a vignette highlighting the company’s refrigeration and beverage dispensers in each of the following categories: kitchen, outdoor, entertainment and rest of home. From the entries received, four finalists had their designs built into the Perlick booth during the recent KBIS.

Perlick announced the winner – chosen by attendees – during KBIS, and although the winning design was very innovative and clever, I chose another as my favorite. I’ll tell you a little bit about each of the four projects, and then tell you why I liked my favorite so much.

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Cart before the Horse

This winning entry by Richard Anuszkiewicz of Alt Breeding Schwartz Architects was designed around the famous phrase “putting the horse before the cart.” He chose custom wood door overlays, a leather countertop, gold-accented hardware and a sink and faucet in an equestrian print to create an entertaining bar cart. From Perlick, the designer featured the Signature Series Dual-Zone Freezer/Refrigerator Drawers.

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Zen Credenza

This vignette was designed by Rose Dostal, AIA, ASID, of RMD Designs and features Asian influence and bold color. Gold was prevalent in the display in the countertop, sconce detail and geometric mirror. She included Perlick’s Signature Series Sottile Wine Reserve and Refrigerator.

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Charred Bar

Designed by Michele Alfano of MODmadeNY Studio, this entertaining outdoor display features both the HP24 24-in. Signature Series Dual-Zone Outdoor Refrigerator/Wine Reserve and the outdoor model. A Signature Series Outdoor Beer Dispenser tops off the display and pairs with bottle storage/service in the top of the man-made concrete island bar.

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Wet Your Whistle Kitchen

This vignette, created by Patricia Davis Brown, NCIDQ, CKD, CBD, of Patricia Davis Brown Designs, was definitely my favorite. And maybe that is unfair since it was the largest display of all four, but she put some really creative thinking into this kitchen – right down to the martini glass-shaped sink and olive-topped soap dispenser. Another whimsical element was the “chalkboard” wall. Perlick products in her vignette included the Adara Beer Dispenser and a Signature Series Refrigerator, Refrigerator Drawers, Ice Maker and Wine Reserve.

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After touring the Perlick booth, attendees voted in their favorite design. The winner of the #HowDoYouPerlick Design Contest was determined following a popular vote during KBIS 2016. For his winning design, Anuszkiewicz will receive a Perlick product of his choice.