The SieMatic showroom in Charleston, SC had a re-opening event last week after I directed the redesign of two display areas. With new product out in Germany, the company wanted to change two small displays for the newest ideas. Of primary importance was the sparkling Beaux Arts 2 product, an elegant combination of framed doors and modern appointments. Here are some pictures from the opening party:
The display is a smaller iteration of the display we did in New York last autumn. The original, in Germany (and also shown at Euro Cucine in Milano last week) was said to be inspired by the natural beauty and elegance of Sophia Loren. This particular display is very on-trend; a wonderful combination of smart and clean design with bright metal, glossy lacquers and enough classically-inspired glamour to make it appealing to more traditional-minded clients.
Above is a shot from the factory in Germany (search for my previous post on “SieMatic Haus Fair” for more details). The white Ceasarstone is color-matched to the “Lotus White” gloss lacquer of the cabinets. We did a custom-pattern Bizazza mosaic on the cooking wall. The glass cabinets above have polished nickel frames.
The cooking wall is comprised of S2 base cabinets, without handles. This contrasts with the island and sink wall, which are done with SE2002BAL (and nickel handles). I am not going to show the back of the island; it’s a goof-up. It looks too sparse as I specified the S2 plain lacquer panel instead of fielded-style panels. It would have looked nice with another set of faux drawers on the back like a giant commode. Lesson learned.
The display above is also new. A small L-shape with a built-in banquette (sadly, I have no pictures of the opposite wall), designed as a small “condo kitchen”. The handles are integrated into the tops of the doors/drawers. I am not personally enamored of this feature but it was requested. When I get a good picture of the banquette I designed maybe I will put together a post of just built-in kitchen seating that I have done and admired around the world. I love built-in kitchen seating; its where I spend at least an hour-a-day in my own house.
Some party scenes from the opening:
Regional Manager and Market Development Director Marcia Speer with a guest:
A bustling crowd at the opening event:
If you find yourself in Charleston, SC, have a stop in to see the showroom. The address is 444 King Street. I love visiting the city; a few hours walking in Charleston is not something to miss out on. There is talk of another event later this year where I will present on some design trends. I look forward to another visit.