Appliances of yesteryear barely resemble those that we take for granted today. We have ovens that can remember how to cook our favorite recipes and even refrigerators that send messages to an of state location to report a malfunction!
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks in my little “kitchen designer world”. Earlier this month I made a quick trip to the World of Whirlpool in Chicago to learn, in depth, about their premium Jenn-Air line of appliances. Jenn-Air has been around a long time but has recently been reinvented to compete with the luxury brands. Overall the line is very impressive and I could go on and on but today I thought I’d share with you my top 3 favorites. Read more
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.
The premiere annual ritual for those of us in the “biz” is the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) This year the show was held last month in our favorite mid-west metropolis, Chicago. Each year certain trends, technologies and companies tend to stand out. This is what we’ll be hearing about in the world of Kitchen & Bath Design in months to come. Here’s the buzz, especially for you, from those in the know.
I think Jenn-Air stole the show with their new premium products. Jenn-Air’s intuitive double ovens (won most innovative product by KBB for 2009) and built-in refrigeration can meet the demands of buyers of other premium brands, not to mention, the new DUCT FREE downdraft cooktop, an item apartment and condo dwellers have long been waiting.
Morton Block, CMKBD, IIDA
I noticed the emphasis on bevel and diamond shapes was more dominate this year. This was featured on: cabinetry doors, plumbing fixtures, hardware, mouldings, lighting fixtures and tile.