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Kitchen Case Study: Update and Integrate

This is what we're dealing with, view out the back of the townhouse
This is what we’re dealing with, view out the back of the townhouse

 

 

One of the perks (not twerks) of my job is that I get to work in lovely homes on the beach.  If I’m having a “design panic moment” all I have to do is look out the window at the ocean and all is well.  This townhouse project came to me as a referral and is actually a winter home on the ocean in Delray Beach.  This homeowner is a potter with a keen eye for design and finishes.

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Tip #3: Where can I save money and what items are worth the splurge?

Many of our clients begin kitchen remodeling projects in the summer.  Kids are out of school and our commitments tend to be less (for some of us) in the summer months.  Today’s client query is one that I hear a lot.  Naturally we all want to get the most for our money in all our investments but where can you save money in a kitchen remodel and what items are worth the splurge?

The answer to that is largely subjective as we all have differing needs and priorities.  That said, there are some principles that should never be compromised and those include efficient use of space, safety and the best quality you can afford.

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Du Verre, The Hardware Co., Sustainably Beautiful

As a designer I’m always on the look out for products that will make my kitchens one of a kind.  Sometimes the necessary functionality of cabinet boxes can be redundant.  As much as I tell clients “less is more”, I can’t fight the fact that most of us have lots of stuff and we need our storage, dammit!  One way to add a little artfulness is with cabinet hardware.  Du Verre The Hardware Co. is one of the companies I discovered on the Modenus Blog Tour New Orleans.  Then, you know how you learn about something and then all of a sudden it seems to pop up everywhere?  That’s what happened to me and Du Verre.  Whilst writing about the NKBA design winning kitchen below I discovered that the hardware used was none other than the Forged 3 Collection by, you guessed it, Du Verre!
sports Forged 3 handles by Du Verre in satin nickel finish.  Photo by Evan White
Du Verre Hardware is a design leader for original, contemporary hardware.  Made from recycled aluminum, Du Verre is environmentally friendly.

Forged3, up close and personal
Forged3, up close and personal

Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director Gina Lubin teams up with innovative designers such as Clodagh to create truly unique and artful collections that can be considered sculpture with a function. Clodagh, who worked on the Primitive, Stacked and Tribal collections, is known for intelligent use of materials and natural elements.  One hallmark of contemporary design is minimalism yet there has to be enough.  “Clutter can undermine serenity, but minimalism should not be self denying”, says Clodagh.

Primitive collection by Du Verre is the result of a collaboration between international designer Clodagh and Du Verre's own Gina Lubin
Primitive collection by Du Verre is the result of a collaboration between international designer Clodagh and Du Verre’s own Gina Lubin

 

The Rio collection by Du Verre, one of my favorites.
The Rio collection by Du Verre, one of my favorites.

Marcel by Du Verre
Marcel by Du Verre

Lotus by Du Verre,
Lotus by Du Verre,

Available die cast finishes include Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze polished chrome and more.  Each collection varies. I love that these are all as pleasurable to look at as they are to touch.  If you’d like to experience Du Verre in person, click here to find a distributor in your area.
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Trend Spotting at KBIS 2013

Show stopping booth by Brizo who introduced their new line of floor mounted tub faucets.
Show stopping booth by Brizo who introduced their new line of floor mounted tub faucets.

The last two days of my exciting visit to New Orleans with the Modenus Blog Tour centered around the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  This annual trade show is produced by the National Kitchen & Bath Association which is celebrating 50 years as the industry leader (more on that later).  I love to attend the show as it allows me to see the trends emerging in the American market and keeps me up to date with products and technology.  This year I had an additional behind-the-scenes perspective as a member of the Tour.  We were there for opening day, Friday April 19th and enjoyed a whirlwind tour of products followed by time for solo exploration and networking on Saturday.  Every year has a theme and this year I thought it was particularly appropriate. The show as all about the concept of “evolution”.  This is really a common theme across the board as it applies to everything from design and products and how we are evolving the way we do business in 2013.  Here are some of my discoveries:

Let there be light

Lighting always plays a crucial role in kitchen and bath design but this year it was all about the light within.  Why didn’t we think of this before?   LED lights inside cabinetry, particularly closets is a great idea!

 

 

My shoes are dying for a home like this.  In fact they won't shut up! The interior of this cabinet features LED lighting.  No more confusion with navy and black.
My shoes are dying for a home like this. In fact they won’t shut up! The interior of this cabinet features LED lighting. No more confusion with navy and black.  Hafele America

 

The look of leather

Leathery textures made a big appearance.  Silestone by Cosentino debuted  their new Suede line of quartz counter tops.  Gator Mills ( a very local Louisiana company)  showed leather (and leather look ) vanities and Richelieu is offering recycled, reconstituted leather veneer.

 

 

Silestone's Suede finish blends a honed look with the durability of quartz. Photo by Cosentino.
Silestone’s Suede finish blends a honed look with the durability of quartz. Photo by Cosentino.

 

Yes that's REAL alligator in the center.  It's by Gator Mills. (This must be their mascot cabinet).  Oh and you can get the center door in a variety of leathers.  This one retails for about $8,000
Yes that’s REAL alligator in the center. It’s by Gator Mills. (This must be their mascot cabinet). Oh and you can get the center door in a variety of leathers. This one retails for about $8,000

Reconstituted leather from Richelieu
Reconstituted leather from Richelieu

Sliding doors

Cabinet doors no longer have to swing out due to new hinging technologies that allow doors to slide.  Hafele calls theirs Frontino

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Why swing when you can slide? New hardware options are small space friendly.

Frontino sliding doors by Hafele.
Frontino sliding doors, in action, by Hafele.

Glaminates take the stage

It’s not your grandma’s laminate anymore!  Taking a cue from our friends across the pond, American laminate manufacturer Wilsonart has upped their game introducing two new seamless edge details and increased durability and sustainability.

 

A new no-line edge profile from Wilsonart.  Can you tell this is laminate?
A new no-line edge profile from Wilsonart. Can you tell this is laminate?

Wilsonart's high definition laminates are layered for added durability, hard to penetrate wear and scratch scuff resistance. You can also get an integrated sink with your laminate top.
Wilsonart’s high definition laminates are layered for added durability, hard to penetrate wear and scratch scuff resistance. You can also get an integrated sink with your laminate top.

Blingy to sculptural 

When it comes to handles you can go for the bling or the sculptural.  Cabinet hardware manufacturer  Duverre  is all about very artful sculptural shapes and while I saw a lot of matte finishes, very shiny made an appearance too.

 

This faucet by Rohl sports Swarovski crystal handles.
This ROHL Jorger faucet  sports Swarovski crystal handles! (Check me out in the reflection, ha!)

 

 

 

 

Off Set by Erin Adams for Duverre, The Hardware Co.
Off Set by Erin Adams for Duverre, The Hardware Co.

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Polished to matte from Hardware Resources

Look, no hands!

Hands free faucet technology has quickly become the norm across the industry and was shown by not only the original, Brizo but also  Rohl, Kohler and Moen and Delta Faucets.

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Solna hands-free faucet by Brizo

This year’s best in show award went to Toto for their awesome Neorest 550H toilet.  Believe me when I tell you it can just about do anything but drive you to work!  Stay tuned for an entire post about Toto and the Neorest 550

The Best in Show, Toto's Neorest 550H
The Best in Show, Toto’s Neorest 550H

In a nutshell KBIS2013 was largely about technology and texture.  Cabinet manufacturers are touting what’s inside more than ever as they maximize the ease of living in the kitchen.  White cabinets, cleaner lines and pops of natural and engineered wood veneers are strong trends.

Next up:  Poggenpohl, the cutting edge in kitchen cabinet design, inside and out

 

 

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