NKBA 2004 Design competition: Category 9: Showrooms

Anthony Binns, CKD, CBD, of Binns Kitchen & Bath Design in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, believes in love at first sight at least when it comes to kitchen displays. For a display to really be effective, it needs to immediately grab customers' attention something he was clearly able to do with this curvy kitchen display.

He explains, "This display stands apart from the others by entertaining a more unusual or whimsical look, [which] encourages the interest of those walking by."

To accomplish this, Binns enlisted the use of an unusual refrigerator design, which features two 60cm integrated Liebheer refrigerators and a 20cm filler between them, creating four curved doors.

Binns furthered the 'curve' theme through the use of a Miele hood fan with an arch bottom, chairs and stools with a bow to them, bent laminate panels on the back of the island and a rounded eating bar.

Because the display faces a front window, which makes it very bright in the afternoon, Binns chose a rich cherry laminate for the SieMatic cabinetry. The surface also provides dramatic reflection under night lights. Corian countertops and Mannington laminate flooring add a feeling of richness to the display.

Complementing the overall design and adding to its functionality are stainless steel appliances, including a cooktop, oven and dishwasher from Miele; and a Panasonic microwave. A custom Man of Steel sink and fittings from KWC finish out the design.