Posts tagged with "Kitchens":

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TaC studios designed a 35-foot-wide home for jewelry designers in Atlanta

Located one block from the Atlanta BeltLine, Ashley Avenue II by Atlanta-based TaC studios was inspired by nature. Built for jewelry designers, the home features handcrafted and custom components, and the subdued interior’s rich woods and locally crafted furniture provide warmth and clear functionality. The house is 35 feet wide, creating a challenge to maintain connections between living spaces and the exterior courtyard, garden, and pool, and the spacious kitchen ties the house together at its heart. It showcases a stripped-down aesthetic and embodies an approach that blends the modern with the elemental. A pocket door divides the kitchen and a pantry, which accommodates extensive shelving, an extra refrigerator, a prep area, and a dishwasher. The kitchen’s central waterfall countertop continues into the pantry, which unifies the two spaces. “The clients are great entertainers who wanted to be able to expand the gathering area on short notice to have everyone in the kitchen,” architect Cara Cummins said. The kitchen’s details come together in an interplay between interior and exterior spaces. Large 12-foot sliding doors open from the kitchen to the terrace, which can be enclosed by retractable screens. Inside, opposite the kitchen, a white oak stair on a custom steel stringer rises to the roof level with detailing that allows for illuminated art displays. Custom millwork throughout the home was designed by TaC studios and built locally by McMeubel. The architects selected materials with an eye toward their longevity: Brick, cementitious stucco, cement board, and ceramic roof pavers all emphasize lifecycle durability. The home features LED lighting throughout, lighting system controls, foam insulation, and high-performance windows. Outside, a bronzed screen blocks the setting sun and was made as a nod to the historic city blocks of the Old Fourth Ward. Architecture & Interior Design: TaC studios Architecture, Cara Cummins, AIA Location: Atlanta Cabinetry: Design, TaC studios; fabrication, Gatto Kitchen Systems Countertops: Neolith, Calcutta Appliances: Miele Flooring: Ceramic tile, Imola Concrete Project 48x48 Lighting: Pendant, SONNEMAN Custom table and buffet: Design, TaC studios; fabrication, McMeubel
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Museum of Food and Drink acquires Ebony's psychedelic test kitchen

The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) in New York has been selected as the new owner of a salvaged psychedelic interior from the landmarked Johnson Publishing Building in Chicago. Designed by local African-American architect John Warren Moutoussamy, the 11-story office building on Michigan Avenue was the longtime home of Ebony magazine, founded by John H. Johnson in 1945 as one of the first publications oriented towards African-American audiences. The magazine focused on black culture, celebrities, and leaders, but also explored politics and race issues throughout the 20th century. An especially popular feature was the cooking column by editor Charlotte L. Lyons, whose recipes were tested and photographed in the building’s custom-designed test kitchen, now headed to MOFAD. After the magazine was purchased by Clear View Group in 2016, the headquarters was sold to Columbia College, who planned to use it as a new student center. However, as the plan lost momentum, the building was sold again, this time for redevelopment by 3L Real Estate in 2017. The developer is turning the old offices into residential apartments and the landmark protections do not extend to the interiors. The kitchen was slated for removal. In advance of this planned residential conversion, however, a group of preservationists and volunteers from the not-for-profit organization Landmarks Illinois meticulously studied, documented, and preserved the space, placing its deconstructed components in storage. The group then published an RFP in February seeking a qualified institution that would be sensitive to the space’s history in order to best tell the public about the story of Johnson Publishing and the legacy of Ebony magazine from its inaugural 1945 issue to today. Designed in 1971 by interior designers William Raiser and Arthur Elrodwood, the kitchen is composed of an oblong central island, wooden cabinets, and walls all covered with orange and purple marbled wallpaper. The yellow countertops are curved around the island, and custom appliances are often playfully integrated—a toaster can be pulled out from a nearly invisible nook in the wallpaper when needed, rather than sitting on the surface. The original 1970s appliances remained intact, complete with their orange and brown paneled surfaces to match. As the winning institution, MOFAD plans to use the 70s-style marbled interior as the centerpiece for their upcoming exhibition, African/American: Making the Nation’s Table. Dr. Jessica B. Harris, the curator of the exhibition, said in a statement: “We seek to create the country’s first major exhibition to recognize how African Americans have laid the foundation for American food culture.” Harris believes that the salvaged interior is “a perfect embodiment of this exhibition’s story.” Freda DeKnight’s cookbook and Lyon's popular column were both celebrations of African-American culinary tradition that were shared with the world starting in Ebony’s kitchen.  The exhibition has been in concept planning since December of 2017, but the recent acquisition has become the centerpiece. Peter J. Kim, the museum’s director, included the image and news of the interior’s purchase in a May 22nd announcement calling for donations for the development of the exhibit. The bold yellow countertops are visible in countless vintage images from both the column and cookbook, but the swirly space and quirky appliances that will live on at the MOFAD welcome interaction with history and help tell the story of African American culture in America.
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New, larger-than-ever tiles make virtually seamless walls and floors

This year, almost every major producer is offering large-format tiles thanks to new manufacturing technologies. These new expansive sizes make it possible to create virtually seamless surfaces across the bathroom to the kitchen.

Slate Quartz Corian Corian’s new family of quartz surfaces is now offered in ten new colorways, including a vivid gray called Slate. The engineered countertops are made with real quartz crystals, making them naturally “rock hard” and scratch-resistant. XTONE Porcelanosa Though lightweight, XTONE is an incredibly strong large-format slab designed for countertops and tables. Made from sintered porcelain that is compacted and then fired, it is incredibly resistant to scratches and impacts, ice and frost, chemicals and stains. Verdi Alpi Artistic Tile These deep-green marble tiles are quarried in the Valle d’Aosta in northwestern Italy. Verdi Alpi is shipped as 12" X 24" X 3/8" tiles, making it perfect for almost seamless floor and wall applications.
Sofia Cuprum Neolith Inspired by Jean Nouvel’s extension to the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Sofia Cuprum’s metallic luster mimics the underside of the metallic roof in the new extension. The metal-inspired shade in Neolith’s STEEL collection is made in a variety of thicknesses.
Silestone Loft Cosentino The Silestone Loft features natural and human-made imperfections like those found in concrete and stone. With an intentionally unfinished gritty touch engineered from 90-percent quartz, Cosentino’s new collection is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.
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Smart kitchen: New appliances equipped with responsive technologies

Design kitchens that respond in real time with new digital appliances and plumbing. With the help of smart home systems like Alexa and Google Home, the following appliances and electronics make the kitchen more responsive and powerful than ever.
Integrated Column Freezer and Refrigerator Fisher & Paykel Fisher & Paykel’s new family-size column freezer and refrigerator can be installed separately or together, and can be variably configured. The ideal temperature is set for three food zones: freeze, -7 degrees Fahrenheit to 7 degrees Fahrenheit; soft freeze, 14 degrees Fahrenheit to 18 degrees Fahrenheit; and deep freeze, -13 degrees Fahrenheit.
Smart Oven+ Kitchenaid Smart Oven+ is designed with interchangeable cooking attachments that plug directly into a hub inside. Including a grill, steamer, baking stone, and base heating pan, the oven also has an LED illuminated touch screen that directs the user to the right attachment to employ based on cooking instructions in the platform.
TKO Touch Faucet Lenova Sinks Grubby hands? Tap and wash with a faucet that turns on with a touch of your wrist or forearm. Don’t worry about burning yourself; LED lights will indicate the temperature. And, when you’re through, integrated sensors will automatically shut off the flow.
48-Inch Pro-Harmony Standard Depth Gas Range Thermador Pro-Harmony comes equipped with Thermador’s new app that pairs the oven with other appliances like the ventilation hood, as well as digital recipes that sync with automatic settings. For easy cleanup, the stovetop features a base where a hand and sponge can easily fit under each burner.
Hailo Libero 2.0 Auto Opener Häfele
Look ma, no hands! Open the cabinet door by stepping on a sensor or tapping a button. Special features such as under-mount lighting are customizable with the Auto Opener app.
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What architects want: customizable kitchens

With features like cutouts and raised countertops, the latest off-the-shelf kitchen islands and cabinets offer a wealth of options. These products can adapt to any color, material palette, or out-of-the-box vision.

Etna Lineadecor Modular by design, this kitchen system pairs different components—like an island with a countertop table—to create efficient layouts in small kitchens. Made-to-order, Etna is available in a number of sleek and warm wooden finishes.
Vision Snaidero Soft curves form ergonomic base units for islands and peninsulas in this sleek kitchen. Its fluid surfaces are accented by LED strips that highlight integrated spaces for storage and display. Now available for the first time in the U.S., Vision dazzled at EuroCucina last year. Color Box Henrybuilt Proudly display your kitchen essentials with Henrybuilt’s Color Box shelving system. It is offered in square and vertical orientations, as well as a bar layout for those who like to entertain. You can customize the backing with any color from the company's felt and cloth library. Bilotta Collection Cabinetry Bilotta Kitchen & Home Bilotta’s new collection is a play on textures like grainy oak, shiny gold hardware, and frosted glass. Made to order, all of the Collection Cabinetry is customizable with accessories for organizing and storage.
+VENOVO Poggenpohl
Floating on shimmering stainless steel legs, this kitchen island is outfitted with a sculptural raised sink area. Meanwhile, the cabinets house customizable storage for cutlery and cooking appliances. Barely There Hardware Ideal to maintain a minimalistic design on cabinets, doors, or mirrors, Edge Pulls are available in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes and can ship in a week or less.
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What’s in chef Wylie Dufresne’s kitchen?

Formerly of wd~50 and Alder, Chef Wylie Dufresne, once cooked with scientists and served Lou Reed. These days he is making doughnuts in unexpected flavors at his newest culinary outpost, Du's Donuts & Coffee, and admiring the recently remodeled kitchen of his boyhood Manhattan apartment. AN spoke to Dufresne about how he created his ideal home kitchen. The Architect’s Newspaper: As a chef, how did you want to remodel your home kitchen? Chef Wylie Dufresne: As a professional chef and as a father, I had a lot of decisions to make when planning the renovation of my childhood apartment in NYC for my own family’s needs. You’re well-accustomed to appliances, surfaces, and cook areas; what was most important for you to include in the renovation? I decided to feature stainless-steel countertops, rich wood accents, and True Residential appliances. Since so much about functionality of a kitchen is tied to movement within it, I decided to utilize my island not just as a worktop, but also as a home for my True Dual Zone Wine Cabinet (which my wife and I love). The main event of the kitchen is, of course, the True 42-inch side-by-side refrigerator, which offers hygienic and attractive stainless-steel interiors, incredibly sturdy drawers, and the true commercial strength that I rely on at work and now in my home! Here are six of Dufresne’s picks from his personal and professional kitchen: Flint Gold 30 Inch Bar Stool CB2 Not your typical science room stools! Featuring a gold powder coated satin finish, this factory-inspired alternative is handcrafted from steel. Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer KitchenAid With 10 speeds, this Googie-looking mixer whips, mixes, and kneads with brawn and beauty. There are 10 tool attachments, including a grinder and pasta maker. As a nod to the era it spawned from, it is available in countless Populuxe colorways. Full Size 42-Inch Refrigerator True Swathed in silvery stainless steel, this refrigerator chills and stores a chef-sized assortment of provisions. It can accommodate any cook with adaptable shelves, drawers, and baskets illuminated by ramp-up lighting. Meurice Rectangle Chandelier Johnathan Adler Inspired by bamboo, the Maurice Chandelier is outfitted with 42 candelabra bulbs attached to both ends of each reed. It is offered in nickel, bronze, and brass. Round Dutch Oven Le Creuset This cast-iron Dutch oven is enameled with the same technique developed by Le Creuset at the turn of the 20th century. The colorful exterior is notoriously chip and crack resistant. Meanwhile, the dome-shaped lid creates continuous heat and moisture circulation. Dual Zone Wine Cabinet True It’s wine-o-clock somewhere! This dual-zone wine storage system features independent climate zones that separate temperature ranges from 40 to 65 degrees between glide-out, vibration dampening racks.
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Sean Griffiths plays with restrictions to turn a small kitchen into much more

Designing for friends has its advantages. More trusting than an anonymous client, a friend will often let you get away with a lot when it comes to pushing creative boundaries. This was the case when Sean Griffiths started work on the Hearn Hill House in South London. Griffiths, head of London-based Modern Architect, and once a member of the now-disbanded FAT, has been taking such opportunities to work out what exactly it means to run a post-FAT firm—experimenting with color, geometry, materials, and illusion. Despite its limited scope—a small ground-floor kitchen expansion—the project immediately faced strict building restrictions due to its location in a conservation area. The area’s restrictive code prevented the addition from wrapping around the rear to the side of the building, but did allow for extensions out from both faces separately. Rather than fighting this condition, Griffiths opted to take the code quite literally and make two glazed extensions, achieving needed natural lighting, maximizing floor space, and exploring some spatial ideas. “With this project I was aiming at a kind of realism. That partly has to do with the way planning constraints shape a project like this; there are certain structural issues and a sense of materiality,” explained Griffiths. “So in the first instance, the plan is almost completely (and absurdly) determined by planning rules. This led to structural and spatial issues that resulted in the odd placement of the column (which also made it interesting) and the use of mirrors to resolve the spatial problems in the largely predetermined plan.” In order to rationalize the kitchen’s new, slightly awkward footprint, Griffiths deployed a number material and graphic techniques. Drawing on a time-honored trick, two floor-to-ceiling mirrors double the perceived size and brightness of the room. The mirrors also produce a visual symmetry, negating the effect of the code-determined floor plan. Columns in the space are pebble-dashed, a nod to Brutalism, as well as the facade of next-door neighbor’s home, visible from the space. “The client wanted something Brutalist, but we couldn’t afford that so we pebble-dashed the column. In the UK this is thought of as a tacky finish that poor people with no taste apply to their houses and that middle-class people spend a lot of money on having removed when they buy houses covered in it.” With limited budget and space, color and pattern would have a significant impact on the project. Undeniably, the most striking feature of the room are two large designs painted on the floor, wall, and ceiling. Continuing the geometric motif of the columns, these graphics produce a forced perspective, which once again challenges the shape and size of the room. Distorted from all but one angle, when the viewer is properly positioned the shapes snap into perspectival alignment, appearing to be 3-D. For color, a rich green and a series of grays were pulled from Andreas Gursky’s photograph Rhein II, which is one of the most expensive photographs ever sold, and a favorite of the clients. With the Hearn Hill House addition, Griffiths takes the project’s challenges, legal limits, and limited budget, and turns them to his advantage. A play on representation and reality, flatness and form, the space realizes ideas far beyond its humble programming.
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The six most ingenious products from KBIS 2018

This year, 80,000 people migrated to Orlando to see toilets spread out across the equivalent of 36 football fields (or 2.1 million square feet) at the Orange County Convention Center. Crowds were dazzled by the spectacular and often sensory showcase of the newest kitchen and bath fixtures at the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Where water was flowing in the company of ambient lighting, AN spent two days meandering through 600 booths across two buildings connected by an outdoor foot bridge (and a Greyhound-style shuttle bus). Our favorites are highlighted below. Terrazzo Ann Sacks In an ode to traditional Italian terrazzo, Ann Sacks introduced a new iteration of the 15th century surface with 28 percent pre-consumer recycled content. The composition comprises marble from the Carrara mountains and a combination of fine stones with varying proportions. The LEED v4-certified tiles are available in both white and black variants and in either 16 x 16 or 24 x 24 inches. ShieldSpray Faucet Delta Faucet By way of a laser-like concentrated jet surrounded by a shield of water, this faucet keeps back splashes at bay while cleaning messes away. It is offered as a single handle pull-down fixture in the Foundry and Esque collections presently, and soon in other models rolling out early this year. Nikola Tesla Elica Completely eliminating the need for a ventilation hood, this innovative system integrated on the cooktop suctions and captures odors and fumes through a centrally-located fan. The automated process is triggered by sensors that perceive the amount and quality of odors present. The induction range is equipped with a double bridge function, which allows for two adjacent cooking zones to be combined as one. Small Appliance Collection Dolce & Gabbana x Smeg At last year’s Salone del Mobile, Smeg debued it’s first collaboration with the famously Sicilian fashion house, Dolce and Gabbana: 100 limited-edition hand-painted refrigerators that celebrate the ornate decorative aesthetic of the brand’s heritage. This time, the duo released a series of smaller-scale appliances (objects that could be classified as decorative arts), including a toaster, a juice, a blender, a coffee machine, and a kettle. Clad in traditional Sicilian motifs and rich colors, the items in the “Sicily Is My Love” collection are adorned with yellow lemons, vibrant citrus fruits, swags, scrolls, and other dynamic symbols that thematically relate to the visual narrative of Sicily. Flotation Tub TOTO At seven feet long, this cradle-shaped tub was devised from tests that measured the perfect balance between floating and lying down, apparently modeled by how astronauts sleep in zero gravity. Added perks include eight air massage jets, an adjustable pillow with a shoulder warmer, and two hydro lumbar jets that mimic the motion of a massage by two hands on the lower back. Dual Fuel Range Perlick Perlick launched its first cooking range complete with 30,000 BTUs of gas-fueled power on each burner. Alternatively, the oven can simmer at ultra-low temperatures with its built-in sous-vide technology. Best of all, it comes with the industry’s first 360° Lazy Susan turntable oven rack and convertible burners.
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Smart kitchen: Six clever kitchen furnishings

Bringing together technology and design, this compilation of savvy appliances and smart furnishings makes the kitchen cool and computerized. Vacuuming Drawer 400 Series Gaggenau
Look, Ma, no hands! This hands-free vacuuming drawer seals fish, meat, vegetables, and fruit. The multi-purpose drawer can be used for sous vide cooking, marinating, and extended storage. It can be installed seamlessly underneath the 400 Series ovens.
ST-ONE Strasser
This striking monolithic kitchen island showcases the very best properties of granite and marble. Available in five sizes and five natural stone types, each front panel is cut from a single block, highlighted by a glint of LED lighting around the base.
Trail Poliform
The Trail kitchen, designed by Carlo Colombo, features an integrated, ergonomic, concave handle that can be placed at the center or the far end of the door, and an innovative wooden “snack” bar table that rests along the edge of the island. The collection includes a robust drawer system and glass-boxed range hoods, and is available in four door-finishing options and two surface colors.
Functional Partition Wall Henrybuilt
Developed out of a desire to create distinct spaces in kitchens without dividing them too harshly, the partition wall provides both privacy and transparency. It is made by hand from solid wood, PaperStone, and opaque white glass. The wall frees up drawer space without cluttering the counter, subtly concealing unused cookery.
VVD Dada
For this kitchen, architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen played with the concept of solids and voids using islands, shelving units, and cabinetry enveloped in wood, steel, and laminate. The kitchen features roomy pullout trays, open-ended drawers, and under-top trolleys. To maximize storage, the thin-profile doors open to 180 degrees. Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron glass for ultimate clarity
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Product>Oceanic kitchen and bath details

Cerulean and navy accents create a spa-like atmosphere for bathrooms, while powder blue adds a subtle and unexpected edge to kitchen designs. 3x6 Adriatic Sea Fireclay Tile

These recycled clay tiles are finished with a semi-reflective glaze. As all of Fireclay’s tiles are handmade, each will have subtle differences in tone and crazing—making them all the more unique and beautiful.

Rockwell Bath Water Monopoly

This playful style is a reproduction of an antique bath with the added modern twist of offering the ability to customize the color of the round feet. The tub is made of Vitrite, a stone mineral composite that offers the same look as traditional surfaces but is much lighter.

Oceanside Wood-Mode

A completely customizable cabinet system provides myriad options for hidden storage, electrically powered cabinet mechanisms, and modular organization systems that fit a variety of user needs.

EW 3.2 Alape

Originally launched 44 years ago, the EW 3.2 is a modern update on the classic compact basin that was groundbreaking at the time of its origination. The new version uses modern production technologies and is available in many color options, including this striking Yves Kleinesque blue.

Amora Ronbow

A high-style vanity featuring a Carrera marble top and cabinets cut at 45-degree angles that give an added element of surprise and maximize storage space.

Wye Tub Drummonds

Named for the Wye River in Maryland, this classic tub is modeled after an 18th-century Bateau bathtub. The cast-iron exterior can be left raw and black, or be primed, polished, or painted in practically any color.

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An architect combines restaurant and residential know-how to design chef Daniel Boulud's home kitchen

Daniel Boulud, one of America’s leading chefs, has a bucketful of Michelin stars, countless awards, and owns a global network of restaurants—seven in New York alone. When he decided to renovate his apartment, a 2,500-square-foot flat atop his flagship restaurant, Daniel, at 65th and Park Ave., the redesign of the kitchen was a top priority. He entrusted the job to Stephanie Goto, an alumna of the offices of Rafael Viñoly and David Rockwell, who started her own firm in 2004. Goto, a devout foodie, collaborated with Tadao Ando on Japanese restaurant Morimoto in the Meatpacking District for her first gig. Through the years, she has added Corton and Aldea to her restaurant resume. “It was a real New York apartment, in that it was badly designed by the developer,” Boulud said of his home. “There were two doors in a small kitchen. Stephanie realigned the living and dining room and created better proportions. It’s maybe 25 percent bigger than before, but she doubled the possibilities.” (The original kitchen was 130-square-feet; the new one is 185-square-feet.) “Before, it was a pass-through kitchen. It felt as if it was tucked into a closet,” Goto said. “It was so small that he stored bottled water in the oven.” The project, which took almost two years, was part of a larger life change: Boulud had just gone through a divorce. “Before, it was never about him; now it’s all about him. He used to go downstairs to work in the restaurant kitchen,” Goto said. The pair quickly decided on the functionality of an L shape. “Some counter space had to be sacrificed for the number of appliances that he had,” Goto said. But she managed to fit in everything. “Everywhere that there’s no appliance, there’s storage,” she said, adding that they had to take away part of the entrance hallway to push the wall out for additional space. Goto did a reconnaissance of appliances and cabinetry resources and then brought Boulud in to make the final selections. For cabinetry, they chose Dada’s Trim by Dante Bonuccelli because they liked its versatility as well as the Italian company’s willingness to customize. “We convinced them to create a secret knife drawer under the range that was just two inches deep,” she said. The result is no ordinary home kitchen. The sink is extra large—3 ½ feet long and 16 inches wide—with sliding insets and a cutting board. The room is filled with specialty appliances like a plancha, a stainless-steel plate that is widely used by chefs. There is also a lava stone grill, an induction cooker, and a coffee machine with a warming stand. His cooktop and ovens are from Gaggenau, a longtime favorite for European chefs. Goto also had to deal with his vast collection of cutlery. “It’s important to have a place for everything,” he said. “You have to have discipline in organizing.” Boulud is more than satisfied with the end result. “You can’t realize how great it is until you live in it. I love to work there. Everything is accessible. For me, the design is perfect.”
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MVRDV creates an almost entirely transparent kitchen for the Venice Biennale

Currently on display at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale is MVRDV’s Infinity Kitchen. The invisibility of the design allows a seamless connection between the food product and its place in the kitchen. From the cabinet to the trash receptacles to the sink, almost everything comprising the Infinity Kitchen is clear. The only exceptions are the dishwasher and certain cutlery which Winy Maas, co-founder and Director of MVRDV, hopes to one day convert to transparency as well. The design explores the opportunity for a closer relationship with our food. In the Youtube video below, Winy Maas said: “If we imagine everything is transparent clear and clean, doesn’t it mean that the only thing that is colorful and visible is our food? Doesn’t it then imply that we are encouraged to love the food, in that way, and that maybe it even becomes more healthy, if not sexy?” This concept of transparency is appears in other MVRDV projects, notably Crystal Houses, a Chanel boutique in Amsterdam. In the facade of the building, glass has been substituted for traditional bricks. Additionally, on June 1, an office in Hong Kong will open designed by MRVDV to have glass interiors, furniture, and equipment.