2008 NKBA Design Competition Category 4 Open Plan Kitchens Perform Double Duty to Reach Design Finals Open Plan Kitchens (includes great rooms, breakfast nooks and dining rooms)

Kristin Okeley will tell you, “If one is good, two is better.” Okeley, CKD, of Indianapolis, IN-based Kitchens by Design, designed this kitchen with that in mind. She recounts that a convex upper wood block top was added to create flow in a congested area of the space, while a peninsula was added to create a barrier between the kitchen and large hearth room and eating nook. The large hood from Viking Range Corp. was selected to add richness and scale, while cabinets from Custom Cupboards, Inc., along with taupe granite countertops, add softness to the Tuscan-inspired layout.

For Joan DesCombes, necessity is the mother of reinvention. DesCombes, CKD, of Winter Park, FL-based Architectural Artworks Inc., says: “The space needed to be reinvented to include ample storage and easy access.” DesCombes came up with a space filled with diverse pieces that add unique appeal. A portion of the top system of a modular showpiece was used as the mounted amber maple display, while the bottom of the showpiece was used for the bar, which includes a Franke Consumer Products sink. A microwave and oven from Wolf Appliances, Dacor cooktop, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and vent hood and Grohe “Lady Lux” faucet complete the look.

This kitchen by Anthony Albert Passanante, CKD, of Wyckoff, NJ-based Peter Salerno, Inc., is twice as nice. “This design showcases two massive islands,” Passanante reports. “The first island is used as an alternative cooking station, and is equipped with a single burner and steamer and microwave from Wolf Appliances, as well as a sink from Franke Consumer Products.” The second island meets the client’s baking needs, with two convection ovens and a lowered countertop for added workspace. Completing the design are a Miele dishwasher, hood from Best by Broan and appliances from Wolf.

Designed by Gioi Tran, with Meghan Nohr and Vernon Applegate – all from San Francisco, CA-based Applegate Tran Interiors – this open plan kitchen features eye-catching elements. The client requested room for food preparation, cooking and entertaining, so different zones were created where cooks could work. The zones feature high-end appliances, including a cooktop, oven and dishwasher from Miele, refrigerator from KitchenAid and hood from Vent-A-Hood. Granite countertops along the perimeter and on the island, as well as custom cabinets, add functional style.

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