Ann von Kreuter, House and Home, Glencoe, IL
In order to create a space that would shine among the other displays at ABT Electronics while effectively showcasing BlueStar’s range of products, designer Ann von Kreuter turned to European cafés and bistros for inspiration – spaces that encourage lingering and conversation. Being influenced by such gathering places, von Kreuter was able to transform a small space into an experiential microcosm of bespoke luxury.
A luxe café-style seating area boasts deep blue walls, chandeliers, over-sized mirrors and banquette seating, inviting guests to sit and stay a while, perhaps while enjoying gourmet food from the focal point of the display, the Café kitchen.
The Café, located on the far wall from the atrium, invites guests to explore the chef-inspired features of BlueStar products through hands-on experience and professional demonstrations. The café features an array of BlueStar products, including a 60″ Platinum Gas Range with an interchangeable griddle and charbroiler, shown in deep blue, as well as a 36″ built-in refrigerator, shown in matte black with stainless trim. Next Level Cabinetry and Caesarstone engineered quartz countertops in muted, neutral shades allow the appliances to take command, while The Galley Sink and Faucet provide function for entertaining. Painted porcelain floor tiles bring a high-end, artistic feel to the kitchen area. The kitchen serves as an interactive space where the retailer can entertain and educate groups through cooking demonstrations and other events.
Karen Williams, St. Charles New York, New York, NY
For the release of its first line of kitchen cabinet designs in its 85-year history, St. Charles New York required a top-notch showroom to spotlight the range of styles and finishes available in the collection.
In order to showcase the three distinctive styles available – STC No. 1, STC No. 2 and STC No. 3 – as well as the range of accessories, three dedicated displays were designed, as well as an accompanying seating area in order to deliver a comfortable kitchen experience. An eye-catching array of colors and finishes are showcased in the space, ranging from the rich dark finish in the STC No. 2 display to the mix of wood and white paint finish in the STC No. 1 display.
Additional selections such as Calacatta gold marble and quartzite countertops, Native Trails sinks, Fantini faucets and Sub-Zero appliances lend a luxe feel to the space, while drawers outfitted with optional organizational upgrades provide a hands-on experience for designers and clients.
ITALKRAFT, New York, NY
The need for a brick-and-mortar ITALKRAFT presence in New York City became apparent after the company contributed product to notable developments including The Dutch at 118 Fulton Street and the Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards. After settling on the Flatiron neighborhood as the right location for the new showroom, ITALKRAFT set out to create a space that would showcase the company’s European custom kitchen offerings and old-world craftsmanship while catering to the tastes and identity of New York City.
The showroom includes five model kitchens, as well as an interactive workspace and conference room. A full range of samples of ITALKRAFT products are present in the space so customers can experience the products firsthand and begin the design process in the workspace.
In order to draw potential customers and designers in, the company created a towering 13.5′ kitchen featuring book-matched wood at the entrance to the showroom. The custom kitchen was created by rescaling previous kitchen models and sourcing materials on a greater scale, requiring the collaboration of a team of ITALKRAFT designers. A variety of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances complement the sleek, modern European kitchen vignettes.
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