NKBA 2003 Design competition: Category 9: Showrooms

NKBA 2003 Design competition: Category 9: Showrooms

1st Demonstration Kitchen Shows Its Sophisticated Side


The showroom, and its demonstration kitchen designed by Gioi Tran, was conceived as a way to give visitors an optimal setting in which to examine equipment. In the kitchen they are able to "see and experience features of the most advanced appliances, as well as visualize their placement" in an upscale setting, comments Tran.

"The surface colors and lighting within the kitchen are designed to produce an immediate impact," he comments. Rich color combinations, including that of the countertops by Zodiaq and flooring from Doussie, play off of each other and are enhanced through clever lighting.

A row of eight bar stools, lined up on one side, offers comfortable seating and an optimal vantage point to view food demonstrations and all areas of the kitchen. The cooking area, which features three cooktops, a wok station and two double ovens, can easily accommodate five working chefs a real plus when preparation is underway for dinner parties.

There is ample space between the cooktops and ovens, all from DCS, to allow for easy maneuvering. A DCS microwave, range, dishwasher and ventilation are also featured in the demonstration kitchen, as well as a Marvel refrigerator. . 

2nd Angular Design Yields Retro Style


"We needed to include as many of the contemporary cabinetry elements of the manufacturer's current catalog, as well as incorporate new products that were being introduced into the line," reports Scott.

Since many of the cabinets from Neff Kitchens were inside- and outside-angled wall and base units, the designers placed them in the natural bay of the displays' footprint. The angled and reducer cabinetry and the design of the island with its rippled texture door and decorative support legs enhance the space's rhythmic effect.

"The vibrant use of color, exotic veneer and reflective stainless steel and chrome accessories create a retro style," notes Scott. The verde rosa granite countertops play off of the contrasts of color, as does the maple flooring. Stainless steel appliances including a Miele cooktop, dishwasher and hood fan, and a Neff cookwell and corner sink well are enhanced by the lighting, including the Neff undercabinet xenon light system..

3rd Kitchen Design Blends Eras and Archetypes


An Early American Formal-inspired display revolves around a massive cooking hearth and 48" Wolf Appliance Co. range and Rangecraft Mfg. ventilation. The room includes a scrolled wains hood with keystone, gothic mullioned glass doors, and fluted and plain pilaster systems from Premier Custom Built, Inc.

On the opposite wall the English-inspired area is highlighted by the destination corner, made up of the sink with a plate rack located above. The sink is made of a solid carved block of Durango limestone, while the fully functional plate rack features teak inserts.

An antique wormy chestnut enclosure over a Sub-Zero refrigerator was designed with French details. A Fisher & Paykel dishwasher is also featured in the kitchen display.

"The centerpiece is the Renaissance Eclectic island, with its teardrop onlays, recessed carved rosettes, big bulky moldings and distressed crackled paint," states Reiss. "The baker's island at the end is finished mahogany and topped with 2" callacutta gold marble."

Countertops used in the room include Blue King granite, New England stone maple and Raging River Counters Plus. Walker Zanger flooring, Sea Gull Lighting and custom tile work by Wirth Salander complete the room's design.