EK&B Business Article – Kitchen Gallery

Two years ago we completed a showroom in Solihull, England called Kitchen Gallery.  This SieMatic studio was a very rewarding project, owned by a very astute gentleman who knew exactly what he wanted.  English Kitchen and Bath Business (EK&B Biz) magazine did a profile on owner Tahir Mahmood, myself and the showroom; my profile is on page 3, wherein I discuss the process of designing showrooms for SieMatic and the differences between the UK and North America.

I wish we had more pictures of the showroom itself; I will post some renderings of the initial concepts too.  First is the article in 3 pages:

EK&B Business Article Kitchen Gallery Solihull SieMatic Studio

EK&B Business Article Kitchen Gallery Solihull SieMatic Studio

EK&B Business Article Kitchen Gallery Solihull SieMatic Studio

Next are some renderings from the beginning of the project.  I did them in black and white/pencil at the time, as we didn’t have too many ideas about finishes yet.  In some ways, these initial concepts are very close to the final project.  The view upon entry, turning left:

EK&B Business Article Kitchen Gallery Solihull SieMatic Studio

There was a second entrance, from a parking lot in the back.  This is the view from that door, showing the reception desk/office space to the right:

EK&B Business Article Kitchen Gallery Solihull SieMatic Studio

Display 3 was a “cube” inserted into the space with a short ceiling, and a view into the office to keep sight lines dynamic.

EK&B Business Article Kitchen Gallery Solihull SieMatic Studio

Display 4; contrast this rendering with the photo at the top of page 3 in the article.  We inserted a flat-screen monitor at the end of the integrated table, but this was not visible in the photo.

EK&B Business Article Kitchen Gallery Solihull SieMatic Studio

And display 5, a small Beaux Arts display:

EK&B Business Article Kitchen Gallery Solihull SieMatic Studio

A very gratifying project to work on.  I wish Mr. Mahmood continued good luck in business.

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