NKBA 2003 Design competition: Category 9:
1st Demonstration Kitchen
Shows Its Sophisticated Side
When making an impression, the first glance is often the most
important. At Applegate Tran Interiors in San Francisco, CA, the
“wow factor” is key to the overall impact the firm is trying to
relay to dealers, consumers and designers who visit the showroom to
view high-end, commercial-style appliances.
The showroom, and its demonstration kitchen
designed by Gioi Tran, was conceived as a way to give visitors an
optimal setting in which to examine equipment. In the kitchen they
are able to “see and experience features of the most advanced
appliances, as well as visualize their placement” in an upscale
setting, comments Tran.
“The surface colors and lighting within the kitchen
are designed to produce an immediate impact,” he comments. Rich
color combinations, including that of the countertops by Zodiaq and
flooring from Doussie, play off of each other and are enhanced
through clever lighting.
A row of eight bar stools, lined up on one side,
offers comfortable seating and an optimal vantage point to view
food demonstrations and all areas of the kitchen. The cooking area,
which features three cooktops, a wok station and two double ovens,
can easily accommodate five working chefs a real plus when
preparation is underway for dinner parties.
There is ample space between the cooktops and
ovens, all from DCS, to allow for easy maneuvering. A DCS
microwave, range, dishwasher and ventilation are also featured in
the demonstration kitchen, as well as a Marvel refrigerator.
2nd Angular Design Yields
One of the keys to creative design is to turn a perceived negative
into a positive. Designers Tim Scott and Erica Westeroth, CKD, of
XTC Design Inc. in Toronto, and Virginia Marsh of Neff Kitchens in
Brampton, both located in Ontario, Canada, went to work on a long
and narrow space with an odd bay area, making it the basis for
their kitchen design.
“We needed to include as many of the contemporary
cabinetry elements of the manufacturer’s current catalog, as well
as incorporate new products that were being introduced into the
line,” reports Scott.
Since many of the cabinets from Neff Kitchens were
inside- and outside-angled wall and base units, the designers
placed them in the natural bay of the displays’ footprint. The
angled and reducer cabinetry and the design of the island with its
rippled texture door and decorative support legs enhance the
space’s rhythmic effect.
“The vibrant use of color, exotic veneer and
reflective stainless steel and chrome accessories create a retro
style,” notes Scott. The verde rosa granite countertops play off of
the contrasts of color, as does the maple flooring. Stainless steel
appliances including a Miele cooktop, dishwasher and hood fan, and
a Neff cookwell and corner sink well are enhanced by the lighting,
including the Neff undercabinet xenon light system..
3rd Kitchen Design Blends Eras and
This fully working display was created to showcase specific design
archetypes. Each of the elements created by designers Bryan Reiss,
CKD, Scott Stultz, Peter Deane and Kelly Stewart, CKD, of Kitchens
by Deane in Stamford, CT relates to a time period in design.
An Early American Formal-inspired display revolves
around a massive cooking hearth and 48″ Wolf Appliance Co. range
and Rangecraft Mfg. ventilation. The room includes a scrolled wains
hood with keystone, gothic mullioned glass doors, and fluted and
plain pilaster systems from Premier Custom Built, Inc.
On the opposite wall the English-inspired area is
highlighted by the destination corner, made up of the sink with a
plate rack located above. The sink is made of a solid carved block
of Durango limestone, while the fully functional plate rack
features teak inserts.
An antique wormy chestnut enclosure over a Sub-Zero
refrigerator was designed with French details. A Fisher &
Paykel dishwasher is also featured in the kitchen display.
“The centerpiece is the Renaissance Eclectic
island, with its teardrop onlays, recessed carved rosettes, big
bulky moldings and distressed crackled paint,” states Reiss. “The
baker’s island at the end is finished mahogany and topped with 2″
callacutta gold marble.”
Countertops used in the room include Blue King
granite, New England stone maple and Raging River Counters Plus.
Walker Zanger flooring, Sea Gull Lighting and custom tile work by
Wirth Salander complete the room’s design.