Life Styles and Stages Reflected in Idea Center

Anticipating and understanding the needs of clients – sometimes before the clients themselves know what they want – is an art that kitchen and bath designers often need to master before they can taste success. Those needs can be based on lifestyles, habits, age, physical abilities – any number or combination of factors.

The 2008 Design Idea Center, featured at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago in April, examined design options, technology and tastes based on the needs and interests of a wide range of consumers. A joint venture presented by the National Kitchen & Bath Association and Meredith Corporation, this third annual presentation of the DIC was meant to spark the imaginations of kitchen and bath designers and provide options when servicing specific clientele.

Five vignettes, which featured kitchens, baths, laundry areas and mudrooms, were presented by five of Meredith Corporation’s leading publications: Kitchen and Bath Ideas, Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, Midwest Living and Country Home.

Teen Central

The “Hostess Extraordinaire” vignette, presented by Kitchen and Bath Ideas, serves a dual role for today’s busy household. The design serves well the household with teenagers, but also takes on the role of gathering and entertaining space for the adults living there. Created by Janice Pattee, CKD, CMG, along with Greg Kayko, editorial director, and Linda Eggerss, editor, the 600-sq.-ft. space includes a kitchen, mudroom/laundry room and butler’s pantry.

In the kitchen, a central island with 36" gas cooktop with vent hood from Wolf Appliance places mom at the core of the activity. The island, as well as the integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator, features the Courtney door style in cherry with Kaffe finish from KraftMaid Cabinetry. DuPont Corian in Raffia tops the island.

Along the perimeter wall, a 30" Double Wall Oven and warming drawer from Wolf are built into maple cabinetry with Westboro door style in Praline finish from KraftMaid. DuPont Corian in Rice Paper runs the perimeter. Under the window, Undertone stainless steel side-by-side double bowl sinks from Kohler are teamed with HiRise wall-mount bridge faucets. Integrated dishwashers from Asko are located on each side of the sinks.

A banquette with Corian table in Granola serves as both the eating area and gathering space, with wireless Internet access included. A tall cabinet at one end of the banquette that sits on top of a desk acts as a storage spot for electronic games and other gadgets. Around the banquette’s perimeter, glass-front maple cabinets in Putnam door style finished in Canvas from KraftMaid provide additional storage. Clever storage is also incorporated under the banquette seats.

Located just off of the kitchen, the pantry features open shelving and glass-front Courtney cabinets in cherry finished in Kaffe from KraftMaid. A Sub-Zero undercounter wine refrigerator and pair of dishwasher drawers from Asko are included here.

DuPont Zodiaq in Marrone Emperador hosts a Porto Fino sink and HiRise two-handle bar faucet from Kohler.

Organization Central

The “Organizer-in-Chief” space, designed by Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD in conjunction with Better Homes and Gardens staff members Gayle Goodson Butler, editor in chief, Oma Blaise Ford, senior deputy editor and Joseph Boehm, senior interior designer, is a picture of organization. The 500-sq.-ft. space also includes a multitude of eco-friendly products.

Around the perimeter of the kitchen, the Lustra collection with Capri door style from Venicia by KraftMaid in Cherry Satin finish gives the room a contemporary feel. Glass doors with Fresco aluminum frames and Satina glass inserts add to the clean look.

Topping the perimeter, DuPont Zodiaq quartz surfaces in Warm Taupe incorporate recycled glass. Kohler provides the Deerfield Smart Divide sink with Coralais faucet.

A Wolf vent hood, oven and microwave, integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher are also featured.

A Wolf glass induction cooktop contrasts against the recycled glass round backsplash tiles made from reclaimed beer and wine bottles from Bedrock Industries. Marmorette linoleum flooring from Armstrong in Parrot Green and Powder Green stripes provides an eco-friendly covering.

The cherry island cabinets are also from KraftMaid, in the Lyndale door style in Peppercorn, topped with DuPont Zodiaq in Toasted Almond. A Northland prep sink with Evoke faucet from Kohler is included.

The round banquette in the center of the kitchen provides a gathering space for the family. Drawers and cubbies in each end hold files, games and wine bottles.

The mudroom area is a multi-purpose space that incorporates a recycling center and family management items. Venecia by KraftMaid pull-out cleaning closet cabinets from the Lustra collection in the Capri door style in Cherry Satin finish act as mudroom lockers for each member of the family.

In the pantry, KraftMaid maple cabinets in Huntington door style in Canvas are complemented by Corian countertops in Burled Beach. Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers provide beverage and snack storage.

Young Professional Spaces

Traditional Home’s bath suite was designed to focus on a newer tradition – a centralized shared bath space with separate his and hers spaces on opposite sides. Designed for young professionals by Toshie Lim, CKD, CBD in conjunction with Ann Omvig Maine, editor in chief, Marsha Raisch, executive editor and Robert Young, senior design and projects editor, the 560-sq.-ft. space incorporates rich masculine tones and feminine touches, all in an elegant style.

The central shared space features a freestanding whirlpool/soaking tub from the Michael S. Smith Loft Collection in Stucco White, teamed with the Hampstead floor-mount tub faucet and handshower with black porcelain lever handles, both from Kallista. A Murano glass chandelier from Design Within Reach hangs above the tub, with Corian tub floor surround in Rain Cloud below.

Along the back wall, a KraftMaid vanity in dark tones is topped by a DuPont Corian countertop in Night Sky. A Botticelli marble vessel sink in White Carrera from Kohler is set against the tile mural backdrop by Erin Adams Design for Ann Sacks. Built-in towel warming drawers from Jacuzzi Whirlpool Baths add to the luxury.

The “Her” bath is finished in muted tones and features Memoirs vanity sink and toilet, and Kathryn whirlpool tub, all in Tea Green, complemented by Pinstripe Pure faucets and fittings, all from Kohler. The vanity, tub face door style and dressing table feature the Evansville X-mullion door style in Chamberlain Maple with Dove finish from KraftMaid. The Corian vanity countertop, tub deck and tub/shower wall surround is shown in Blue Pebble and Silver Birch.

“His” bath includes a Kohler DTV II Custom Showering Experience steam shower with waterproof “SoundTile” speakers that accommodate an iPod or Internet connection, chromatherapy lighting and Water Tile body sprays and overhead showering panel. The shower floor, walls and ceiling are DuPont Corian in a mix of Flint, Night Sky and Dove.

The vanity and shelving tower door feature the Chamberlain door style in cherry with a Peppercorn finish, along with Evansville X-mullion door style. In the vanity, a Kohler Memoirs sink in Ice Grey is complemented by a Pinstripe faucet, with a Corian countertop in Flint. A Memoirs eco-friendly toilet in Ice Grey and Kathryn shower door add style to the space.

Toward the Future

With baby boomers edging closer to their retirement years, Midwest Living focused its efforts on the Future Thinker – those people who want to age in place in comfort and style. Liz Firebaugh, CKD, designed the space, along with project members Greg Philby, editor in chief, and Carol Schalla, senior home and projects editor/designer. The 609-sq.-ft. space featured integrated 46"-wide traffic patterns, accessible cabinet design, sit-down workspaces and lever controls, among other functional amenities.

In the kitchen, accommodating design includes Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawers; lowered upper cabinets with pull-down interior shelving and lower cabinets with roll-outs/pull-outs; Wolf 30" single oven, warming drawer and convection microwave placed at a convenient height; Kohler HiRise pot filler with Foot Faucet/Pressure Products foot controls, and 36" Wolf smooth induction front touch control cooktop. The Sub-Zero refrigerator also features a double freezer below for easy access.

The striking mix of contemporary Venicia by KraftMaid cabinetry includes Capri in Autumn Cherry Gloss, Senza in Bianco Gloss and Vetro with Bistro Glass. The dark and light cabinet hues are offset by DuPont Zodiaq quartz surfaces in Bianco Carrara and Ocean Blue. In sharp contrast to the cabinetry are the stone walls, rustic wide plank hickory wood flooring and ceiling/window beams in dark wood tones.

In the master bath, the spa-like DTV Shower Experience offers cutting-edge technology that controls light, sound, water and steam. Its walk-in/roll-in design with low threshold, sit-down bench and handheld showerhead fit with the home’s aging-in-place concept. Kohler’s WaterTile 54 nozzle showerhead and body sprays provide luxurious comfort.

Additional accessible amenities in the bath include Gabrielle comfort-height toilet, Archer 5' comfort depth white bathtub and his-and-hers Antilia Wading Pool floating countertop glass sinks, all from Kohler. A towel warmer from Thermique is also featured.

Storage abounds in the bath, found in the built-in armoire/robe cabinet, toilet-area cabinet and sink areas, done in Capri door style in Autumn Cherry Gloss in Venicia by KraftMaid. DuPont Corian in Glacier Ice is featured for sink counters, tub and shower bench decks, with backsplashes, shower walls and shower floor done in Corian Rain Cloud.

Stylish Beginnings

For the young family, Country Home presented 580 square feet of usable living space that includes a multi-purpose kitchen, laundry room and mudroom. The vignette was designed by Erica M. Smith, CKD, CBD, in conjunction with LuAnn Brandsen, editor in chief, Karman Hotchkiss, executive editor, Kathy Barnes, senior home design editor, and Kathryn Prescourt, design consultant.

Around the perimeter of the room, Fairpoint cabinets in birch with Pewter finish from KraftMaid provide a complementary contrast to the Armstrong laminate flooring reminiscent of reclaimed wood and the same cabinets in a more natural-toned Nutmeg glaze. On the stove wall, cabinet doors feature obscured tempered glass inserts with droplet impressions.

DuPont Corian countertops in Rain Cloud mimic the look of marble.

Finishing the room are a stainless steel glass door refrigerator from Sub-Zero and black microwave, 15" steamer module and 30" dual-fuel range from Wolf.

In the adjacent laundry room, Laurelwood cabinets in maple with Canvas finish from KraftMaid are teamed with DuPont Corian’s Lava Rock countertops, which resemble soapstone. An Asko washer and dryer and Verify apron front sink in stainless steel with Vinnata faucet from Kohler complete the space.

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