Design Exhibit Showcases Modern Style With a
By Barbara Capella Loehr
ORLANDOTurned inside out, this year’s NKBA Design Idea Center which
will be displayed at the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Orlando,
April 10 to 13 is promising to be more cutting edge and
contemporary than ever before.
That’s according to DIC director, Ellen Frankel, who notes that,
“Each Design Idea Center room is very much the product of its own
design team’s imagination.”
As in years past, Woman’s Day Specials will have a display, with
this year’s display measuring 900 sq. ft. and including a kitchen,
two baths and a deck.
However, for four out of the five vignettes, a diverse mix of
design experts were tapped first, Frankel explains. The reason for
this, she says, is that this year, “The driving force behind the
new and improved Design Idea Center is the designer,” as opposed to
a single style or theme driving the design.
“The most well-respected, seasoned professionals in the home
design field have joined the project to give it a boost and a more
cutting-edge approach than in years past,” notes Frankel.
Given that the kitchen and bath are stretching far beyond their
boundaries into other parts of the home, not all of the vignettes
in this year’s display depict a typical kitchen and/or bath. For
example, two out of the four smaller displays, which measure 300
sq. ft. each, have a kitchen and/or bath component that is
incorporated into an atypical setting, such as in a playroom area
or in an outdoor terrace setting.
Each one showcases modern style with a twist, sending NKBA’s DIC
leaping into the new millennium, according to Frankel.
Offering four unrelated areas a full kitchen, a master bath and a
powder room, plus a deck with an outdoor cooking area Woman’s Day
Specials’ Color Power display blends each area’s unique style with
punches of color, according to Merv Kaufman, project manager.
Indeed, the four-part display mixes neutrals and stainless steel
with accents of darker woods and a potpourri of color emphasis,
says Kaufman, who worked with John Troxell, Jr., design director of
Wood-Mode, Inc. and John Buscarello, ASID.
The kitchen has overtones of the Arts and Crafts period, paying
careful attention to the details, such as using three different
finishes on the Wood-Mode cabinetry to evoke the feeling of the era
without creating a period kitchen, notes Troxell.
Though modern in its overall look, the master bath reflects the
Art Deco era via the use of small details and amped-up colors. It
features separate bathing and grooming areas, a curved dressing
table, TOTO USA sinks, round mirrors and silver-colored metals.
Meanwhile, the West Indies-inspired powder room offers a more
classical design with rattan panels on cabinet doors, natural
quartz countertops, grasscloth wallpaper and subtle, yet
sophisticated cabinet colors, such as a rich tomato red.
Lastly, the deck establishes a somewhat traditional outdoor
kitchen with a stainless steel grill, an undercounter
refrigerator/ice maker and an earth-toned tile work surface and
As if plucked from the Colorado Rockies, the Mountain Retreat
Gourmet Kitchen is as dramatic as the great outdoors, notes Sally
Belk King, who served as project manager for this vignette.
This kitchen reflects the colors and rusticity of the Rockies
and the Adirondacks, but uses a contemporary interpretation, says
King, who is also a consulting editor for Bon Appetit magazine. She
worked with artist Patti Ryan and Chad Scothorn, culinary
consultant and chef/owner of The Cosmopolitan restaurant in
King et al, along with Denver-based Jack and Corbin Campbell who
did the floorplan, shed the usual design markings of mountain homes
plaid fabric, rough-hewn logs and antlers and created a new
“mountain style” using modern materials that evoke a sense of
The cabinetry is made from lyptus wood by Custom Cupboards, with
the wall cabinets finished in a caramel color, and the base
cabinets finished in black. The tile colors on the island, main
countertops and backsplash echo the colors of nature, while the
metal tile flooring nods to the stainless steel finish on the
Frigidaire from Electrolux appliances.
BATHED IN LUXURY
Inspired by the ever-evolving idea of the bath as an oasis, the
“ultra-chic” bathroom in this vignette, called Bathed in Luxury, is
chock full of luxury touches that make it a private retreat from
the stresses of the world.
David Ling of New York City-based David Ling Architects, along
with colleagues Dirk Nachtsheim and Anne-Aurelie Defeche,
collaborated with Project Manager Elana Frankel to create this
Inspired by Byzantine spaces in Italy, the layout centers around
a tiled oval structure, which opens to a toilet area and a shower
with Dornbracht shower fittings. All of the fixtures are European,
giving the room an air of sophistication and style, notes
The bath is “designed to be a show piece for the home,”
according to Ling, replete with a walk-in, sculptural shower wall
clad in miniature mosaic tile from Bisazza with Dornbracht shower
fittings, a Duravit free-standing tub, double vanity sink,
platinum-finished fixtures and semi-enclosed toilets also from
THE NEW TERRACE
The vignette Carol Helms and Ben Lloyd both independent
designers/consultants/producers devised suggests outdoor
Dubbed The New Terrace, this living space includes areas for
cooking and bathing/relaxing, thereby “expanding the concept of
entertaining and creating a space to share with friends and
family,” explains Helms.
The cooking area offers a Wolf range/grill, Sub-Zero
below-counter refrigeration/freezer, Danver/ Commercial Home
Products outdoor stainless steel cabinetry and a mustard yellow,
Pyrolave-topped work table with a stainless Eljer sink sunk into
The bathing/relaxing area showcases a Diamond Spas, Inc. copper
Japanese soaking tub next to a screen of small Italian glass tiles
from Trend via Artistic Tile, an outdoor fireplace clad in Italian
ceramic tiles from Ceramica di Treviso and a towel warmer.
Italian porcelain flooring, translucent draperies, painted columns
and striped fabric shades complete the space.
A PLAYROOM PLUS
An atypical Design Idea Center vignette, Playroom Plus offers not
only multiple play areas that feature KraftMaid cabinetry and
DuPont Corian desktops, but also a full bath and a mini kitchen,
says Cubbie Walden of Walden & Co., who served as project
manager for this display. She worked with Clare Donahue, designer
with One to One Studio, on the project.
Walden and Donahue installed a hand-held shower in the bath for
convenience and equipped the mini kitchen with two refrigerated
drawers, a small sink and faucet and a dish drawer. A computer
station, play loft, climbing wall, learning wall, blackboard wall
and pin-up wall for artwork finish the look.