Santa Monica, CA — Zephyr is taking part in this year’s House of Rock, the transformation of a $20 million historic estate located on the iconic six-block long, La Mesa Drive in Santa Monica. The former estate of Hollywood legend Kathryn Grayson and designed originally by famed architect Elmer Grey, is now used as a venue for charity events.
Each year, House of Rock LLC brings to life an historic estate and transforms it into an unparalleled, exclusive media, event and live music venue – where elite designers create living art spaces and inspired installations. This ‘House’ is a meticulously restored, classic Tudor-style estate with a 52,000 square foot lot with over 25,000 square feet of outdoor entertainment space including a hanging pool deck (and outdoor stage area), overlooking the historic Riviera Country Club. It is designed as a place where musicians, designers, charities and strategic partners collaborate to create unforgettable, “money can’t buy” pop culture experiences. The ‘House’ is a physical and virtual experience unlike any other. The roster of top designers who worked on this year’s project included Ralph Pucci, Sami Hayek, Kelly Van Halen, Kyle Schuneman, David Bromstad, Antonio Ballatore, Elaine Culotti, and Susan Cohen.
Zephyr was invited to participate in elevating the kitchen of the showhouse from bland to grand. The gourmet kitchen was designed to meet the entertainment needs of large groups, so the designer Elaine Culotti went all out in true rock ‘n’ roll style – both with custom cabinetry and fitting the kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, including not one, but two Zephyr Tornado Power Pack inserts. Two Tornado III in-line power packs with a configuration of 36" each are suspended as an island hood over side by side commercial style ranges (totaling six feet of cook top area). The Zephyr power packs fit almost seamlessly inside the clean, modern custom surround that has been paneled in an innovative material made of melted metal, described by Culotti as, “liquid silver.”
The Tornado III takes the typical power pack up a notch, utilizing multiple blower options to meet the most demanding chef’s requirements. Three-speed electronic controls put the user in command of a 600 or 1000-CFM blower. Dual-level halogen lights illuminate the surface below, while a wireless remote puts you in command from up to 15 feet away – not only an added convenience, but essential for ADA and assisted living requirements of the most discerning homeowners. There is also an optional liner available in 48”, 54”, and 60” sizes.