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 Day one began with a little networking at the Marys and Mimosas event sponsored by Modenus.  This is where I was hoping to meet some of the other bloggers.  I did run into Veronika of Modenus and Linda Merrill of Surroundings as well as meeting Saxon Henry for the first time.  Of course, Mimosas and Bloody Marys were on the menu but the temperature was hot, hot, hot and I just couldn’t at 11AM!  Tasty treats were also on hand for those who were so inclined.  Everyone was very friendly but I couldn’t weight to tuck into all the enticing displays.


First off I roamed the area featuring kitchen related products and there were some really awesome offerings.  Reclaimed wood is THE thing in flooring.  I loved the finishes at Tennessee Wood Flooring.  Wouldn’t this be awesome in a kid’s room?  This company’s products are stained through and through, well at least a couple millimeters so that sanding and repairs won’t compromise the finish color.

Don't you love this?! I can see it in a kid's room. By Tennessee Wood Flooring

I also fell in love with a company called Manhattan Forest Products whose tagline is “reclaiming New York City”.  That’s exactly what they’re doing.  Their flooring and wood paneling is made from wood reclaimed from the old Coney Island boardwalks, the old wood water towers that used to top many old buildings among other places.  If it’s old wood in New York City, they can make magic with it.  Just think, your floor could be “green” AND have its very own story.

check out these bolt holes in this reclaimed flooring made from the old Coney Island boardwalk! Manhattan Forest Products

Wood flooring made from old NYC roof top water towers. Manhattan Forest Products.


These are not bricks but more reclaimed wood from Coney Island. What you see here is mahogany, ipe and two other exotic woods with sand colored grout. Manhattan Forest Products

Of course I’m always on the hunt for interesting cabinet designs and these cabinets by Rutt certainly fit that criteria.  These are made of Sapele Mahogany and Rutt wants you to know that they will provide you with “chain of custody certification” when you purchase cabinets from them.  No, it’s not a warrant for your arrest, rather it’s a trail of proof that green practices were employed in the manufacture of your cabinetry from start to finish.

Love the Asian vibe! Cabinets by Rutt

Now you remember Think Glass.  I wrote about them here.  The painted glass is beautiful in person.  The paint is not on the surface but is, in fact, embedded between layers of glass!  Stunning.

Paint is embedded between layers of glass at Think Glass


Slick kitchen display by Kochman, Reidt & Haigh cabinet makers

Many appliances were on show including Sub Zero Wolf, ULine, Best and Liebherr who has a kicking 48” refrigerator freezer that is half fridge and half freezer.  I love the symmetry of it and the fact that their products are a TRUE 24” deep with no muss, no fuss.  I enjoyed chatting with ventilation hood specialists at ModernAire and at Faber regarding a tricky design dilemma I’m working with at the moment.


48" refrigerator/freezer by Liebherr

Compass Ironworks are iron forgers in with old world attention to details and I got to see a demo on the spot.  Yes it was hot.

Amos Glick of Compass Ironworks shows us how it's done

I also enjoyed one of the featured events of the day which was a talk entitled:  Globe Trotting: Inspiration Through Travel.  Yes, I agree that incorporating artifacts and mementos from our travels, wherever they may be, certainly make for  unique and personal interiors. It was a special treat to hear Juan Montoya speak as a part of the panel.

All this crazy fun to be continued tomorrow but tonight my sis and I will see the Merce Cunningham dance company.  The production is called “4 Walls Doubletoss Interludes” and if you know anything about modern dance this is a very big deal indeed.



Today’s guest post is from Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a must-shop resource for beautiful light fixtures.  Susi is sharing some favorite kitchens, from traditional to contemporary, cottage to penthouse. There is a wide range of styles, fixtures, cabinets, flooring and lighting in these kitchens. We hope you see something that will inspire you. What is your favorite kitchen?

Kitchen Design Ideas

Pinterest via

Love the greenhouse feeling to this kitchen. The cream cabinets and countertops blend seamlessly with the architecture. Pantry & appliances are tucked further back so they don’t disrupt the view.

Kitchen Design Ideas

Pinterest via

This cottage kitchen is one of our favorites because of the island that feels like a farmhouse table. Classic white subway tiles are classic for a reason…they’re timeless.

Kitchen Design Ideas

Apartment Therapy via

Small doesn’t mean unstylish. Love this eat-in-kitchen that is small on space but large on style. High gloss cabinets reflect the light to make the room feel bigger. The pendant light over the table adds a stylish touch.

Kitchen Design Ideas

Fresh Home via

Colored cabinets are not a new trend but we love the high gloss aqua on these metal cabinets. Everything feels sleek and polished in this contemporary kitchen.

Kitchen Design Ideas

House and Home via

Luxury finishes and quality materials make this kitchen a favorite. Dramatic dark cabinets and contemporary lighting make this kitchen feel sophisticated.


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Abode Love via

This white kitchen is anything but sterile. Grey veined white marble, dark floors and punches of orange from the counter stools keep it lively. Love the kitchen pendant lights.

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Shatter Boxx via

While many of our favorite kitchens are light and airy, we do love the drama of dark cabinets paired with dark floors. The island sink also makes this a fave, as does the professional range.

Kitchen Design Ideas

A Note on Design via

This contemporary farmhouse kitchen is a gorgeous blend of new and old. Love how the design incorporates the stone wall with contemporary cabinets and pendant lights

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Dream Kitchens Made In Italy

Flux by Scavolini designed by automotive designer Giugiaro who designs for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini

Daniele Busca lives for Scavolini.  After spending an hour chatting with him and touring the showroom and US headquarters in Soho I can understand why.  Daniele is the Manager and Creative Director who makes it all work on this side of the pond.  The new location which has been open since last October is enjoying a brisk business and I think it’s largely due to Daniele’s knack for tweaking this Italian product for an American market.  “American kitchens are generally bigger”, he says, “and where you would have an island in America we might have a kitchen table instead in Italy.”  Another major difference is the appliances.  American refrigerators are almost always bigger.”  White still reigns.

Showroom Manager and Creative Director Daniele Busca

I thought it was interesting to hear that home owners are requesting glossy finishes and architects prefer the matte look.  A artful mixing of textures, both tactile and visual,  is also important.  I asked Daniele to define a trend.  He says, “in the end a trend is what sells.” The showroom spans two floors.  Displays were designed in Italy and re-designed by Daniele for an exact fit both in size and taste for the US market.  “Americans also tend to prefer symmetry in kitchen design,” he added.  Scavolini is a family business based in Pesaro, Italy and has been the largest cabinet manufacturer in Italy since 1984 with 40 dealers  in the US.  This year marks the company’s 50th anniversary.  Clientele for the New York location is largely an international group who keep an apartment in New York City as well as elsewhere.  This year Scavolini will roll out seven new models.  Four new displays are already in the works for this new showroom.  The Tetrix line, as seen at IDS,  designed by internationally-famous British designer Michael Young, is also being featured.  Tetrix is not yet on display here but Daniele’s sending me some pix to share with you.  Designers may be interested to know that Scavolini has developed their own design and pricing program.  Scavolini is very involved in the Green movement.  I was surprised to hear that the manufacturing facility in Italy is 85% powered by solar panels and they are planning to make it 100% by the end of the year.  All cabinet boxes and door panels are made from 100% recycled fire retardant and water resistant wood.  All lacquers used are water-based.  Scavolini is involved in the local community offering the showroom for fund raising events  organized by trade associations and design schools.  Generally speaking, a Scavolini kitchen can be yours for from about 10K to upwards of 90K.

Cool corner storage


Love the sculptural upper cabinets (if you have the room)

Ultimate trash/recyling pull out.


The magic of efficient pantry storage!

A place for everything

check out that hood!

Follow the red glass steps to a whole other world of displays downstairs

The traditional display is down there just in case someone wants it. Daniele wants you to know that the exact same cabinets in black are HOT!

Italian walnut

You can probably afford this laminate kitchen but it still looks like a million bucks!


This is "niche storage", very specific (love the Italiano shoes and skinny trousers)

Thank you to Daniele for hosting my visit.  I really enjoyed chatting with him.  I asked a million questions and he was up to the task, warm and most gracious.  If you’re ever in Soho stop in and see for yourself.  Tomorrow I will be back with more from New York.




The new Culina kitchen faucet by Blanco. The sink (also Blanco) is a polished stainless steel.

Now that I’m back and basking in the sun once again, I’m busy creating a whole new Flickr site with all those photos I took to share with you.  Here are just a few to get you warmed up.

Polished chrome faucets by Canadian firm Riobel will be available in the US this year.

Look for the link right here at Kitchens for Living where you can view all the photos and commentary.  As soon as I post you’ll be the first to know.   Just to get us started I thought I’d show you some of the faucet fashion at IDS11.   Incidentally this is the 13th IDS show and it’s Canada’s largest contemporary design show.  This year’s event featured 300 exhibitors.  As an American designer, it was interesting to see the differences not only in taste but in product offerings just over the border.  Products and styling appear more progressive.  When I question why so many of these products are not available to us here in the USA I am told that it is not our market.  I hope they are wrong.  If we can’t get it we can’t buy it.  Right?


This stylish Moen 90 degree faucet is also available in stainless. Photo courtesy of Moen.

Plumbing faucet manufacturers from Moen to Riobel to Brizo showed a dazzling array of faucets of all types with one thing in common, a polished chrome finish. Fellow bloggers who had the opportunity to visit Cologne, Germany last week for the “Living Kitchen” event tell me that polished chrome is the choice in Europe as well.


This stunning Siderna faucet by Brizo is simple yet elegant and I LOVE the glass detail on the handles!

Next post: The Sink of the future is here today!

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                                                                          One of the top ten trends revealed from the 2010 NKBA Design Competition was reported to be the concept of the “concealed kitchen“.  As the preference towards the open kitchen floorplan increases in popularity, so does the homeowner’s desire to blend the heart of the home seamlessly into the surrounding living areas.  Think appliances that are fully integrated into surrounding cabinetry through the use of matching panels and cabinets that more closely resemble furniture. This refrigerator/freezer duo by Subzero sits flush with adjoining cabinets. Another homeowner chose to take advantage of dead space on the backside of her kitchen cabinets by adding almost invisible drawers.  The need for handles is eliminated by the use of  touch latches allowing the drawers to spring open with just a gentle push. Smooth transitions also make for greater harmony and a restful respite for hectic days outside the sanctuaries we call home sweet home.  Stay tuned as I reveal more top ten design trends for 2010 in upcoming posts.

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