It’s been a busy summer here in the studio as we have residential kitchen projects, two small kitchen studios and some ongoing industrial design projects to finalize. Here are some images from our residential kitchens:
This first project is for a large home with the kitchen space centered within a sprawling floor plan. There are numerous entrances and reveals to other spaces from all sides, which presents a challenge to circulation and maintaining a harmonious feel. The space is quite large however, big enough for two very large islands. Behind all those tall cabinet doors is an array of refrigeration.
The next project is has similar finishes and back-to-back, they almost feel like they could be the same project from a different angle. Brown horizontal wood grain has been a popular finish now for about 10 years, with no sign of abatement. The strong tones work well with the earthy palette many homeowners request.
Both of these projects have fairly “traditional” building envelopes, meaning, they have all the trappings of today’s North American building trends like covered porches, traditional-style siding, raised panel doors, big moldings and the like. It is good to see functional, modern kitchens being requested in these types of environments, even if there does seem to be a slight clash to the architecture.
This next project is a small kitchen studio. The space is a converted car garage, with an extra high ceiling allowing for a loft space at the rear. We have planned a large “living environment” similar to the types of spaces we have been designing for large showrooms such as SieMatic New York. In this case the main space is shared between two kitchens, to highlight different solutions to the same living example.
The rear kitchen is functional, and positioned under the loft like it would typically occur in a converted apartment. We kept the cabinet sizes similar and very similar, for an elemental look to counteract the busy, large industrial-type space around it.
The front kitchen display is completely integrated into the environment and designed to be less “kitcheny” in appearance. Across from the island is to be a built-in seating element with a long table suitable for parties and for client consultation. The overall feel is to inspire the visitor and convey a feel of real architecture. I think we will achieve all this with our design solutions.
On the Industrial Design side, we have been working on a few lighting collections over the past 12-18 months. We have some models just finishing up and we are now in the process of picking colors. Recently debuted at Wanted DesignNY in May, the Lacage pendant fixture for Ilex Lighting is entering production very soon. We have launch photos in chrome and brushed nickel, but there will be some interesting color options for more pop.
Here is a sneak preview of another fixture we are working on, which is an array of thin aluminum blades painted in various powdercoat options. The array is held together by a center cage which allows many options of blades to be used. In future models we will be looking at various different materials and finishes. For now, just a simple paint finish:
Well, summer is almost over and I feel like it hasn’t started because of all the work we have been getting though the studio. The reality is though, time flies when busy and having fun alike. I do look forward to getting our lighting finished and getting the latest news from Europe for next year’s kitchen trends like we do every September.