This year's Architectural Digest Design Show at Piers 92/94 was full of big-name brands with exciting tech innovations. However, a lot of the most exciting designs came from the AD Design Show's MADE section which featured juried galleries of more than 150 artists and designers from around the world. León León's Acapulco chair isn't just stylish, it also happens to be made of Pineapple leather (yes, the fruit). The designers are the first brand in the world to utilize the fabric in a useable product. This hyperrealistic wallpaper from Flavor Paper comes in four mesmerizing color options. Each can make any office or home space feel balmy and tropical even in the dead of winter. Nobel Truong makes neon acrylic cacti sculptures and lamps that are wired with UV blacklight LEDs. They're perfect for those of us not gifted with a green thumb (even when it comes to succulents). Banner's Haven ergonomic chair is sculpted out of solid ash. They're available in black or white with leather or exotic calf hair upholstered seats. Sarkos wallpaper is entirely hand-painted and each panel is one-of-a-kind. The paint creates dazzling textures with shades that change depending on light. Everything at the Sony Life Space UX booth was exciting, from an incredibly high-definition Short throw projector to the portable version (seen above) that can be project on a wall, ceiling, or table. It can even fake a gorgeous view in a windowless room. There was also a stunning glass sound speaker that offers 360 degree non-directional clear sound. The most affordable product was a LED bulb speaker that can add music—and a warm glow—to any room. Miele's Generation 6000 dishwasher, in addition to being supremely quiet and efficient, can now be installed completely flush to the all—instead of a handle, just knock twice to open. Jennair offers fully integrated and wall-flush designs that come in a variety of options. One of their new features is an obsidian black interior that really makes food visually pop.
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From sleek, modern designs to cozy, space-saving kitchen systems, these multifunctional and customizable cabinets are compatible with a wide range of layouts. SieMatic 29 SieMatic The gently curved SieMatic 29 kitchen sideboard is part of SieMatic’s new style collection called URBAN. The sideboard is compatible with individual kitchen essentials and coordinates with URBAN’s cabinet combinations outfitted with ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerators. SieMatic 29 is available in a wide range of colors and materials. Styleavant Habersham StyleAvant is a customizable frameless kitchen and bath cabinetry line that features fresh and clean finishes. With over 24 standard door and endless “build your own door” options, this cabinetry line is constructed with 100-percent plywood, solid wood doors, and dovetailed drawer boxes, full depth adjustable shelves with solid wood edges, and locking dado. Glass Fronts Poggenpohl Poggenpohl has launched a new collection of mountable cabinetry glass fronts, which are available in both high-gloss and matte finish options. The high-gloss finish presents a smooth and flat surface, while the matte finish gives off a gentle glow. The collection includes 16 unique glass fronts. The Vipp Kitchen Vipp Made of powder-coated stainless steel, this versatile kitchen is comprised of tall, wall, and island modules. The kitchen countertop is outfitted with a sink, and optional induction or gas range. The kitchen shelves come in two sizes, and the full kitchen is available in both white and black. Italia Pvd Arclinea This chic kitchen island features a stainless-steel worktop and a stainless-steel door in Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), a production process where stainless steel is bound with titanium at a molecular level to form a surface-level metal alloy. Italia PVD comes in Bronze, Black, and Champagne finish options. Remnants Collection Design-Craft Cabinetry Designed for Design-Craft Cabinetry’s Pike’s Peak door style, the Remnants Collection of cabinetry finishes resembles timeworn wood and is made of textured melamine. The collection is available in four color ways—Tobacco, Desert Wood, Silver Moss, and Driftwood.
There was a lot of ground to cover at this years kitchen and bath show in Las Vegas. AN noticed a lot of consistent trends in terms of design themes and the newest must-have kitchen gadgets. Texturized There were a lot of three dimensional tiles and printed surfaces happening at many of the booths that really caught the editor's eye. For one, Walker Zanger had multiple wall tiles that resemble folded paper. Ann Sacks showed tiles that looked more like foam panels than stone. Additionally, Ann Sacks debuted a collaboration with designer Kelly Wearstler that showed grooved tiles that create a gorgeous rippling effect. Updated Appliances From Futuristic toilets to state-of-the-art steam ovens, this year there were a lot of innovations to everyday appliances. Gaggenau showed a beautiful combination steam and convection oven—equipped with the world's first fully automatic cleaning system, as well as built-in options that allow for a whole new method of in-home cooking. Thermador also debuted a 60 inch Pro Grand Steam Range that includes a steam and convection oven alongside a 36” convection oven. It's hard to believe that quite possibly the most exciting thing at KBIS was a hi-tech toilet, but with features like tornado dual-flush technology that only uses a gallon (or less) of water per flush, an automatic mist of electrolyzed water, and special glaze that utilizes nano technology, you hardly ever have to clean it. Plus TOTO's Neorest 550H has a motion sensor which means you never really have to touch it since it opens, closes, and flushes automatically. Sleek Installs Beautiful design that doesn't sacrifice function was a huge concern of designers at the show. Ronbow debuted their new signature series, consisting of eleven collections designed by nine top European designers. Every little detail was considered, including the addition of outlets and usb ports inside of drawers and cabinets as well as porcelain and marble drain stops that give a clean and minimal look to sinks. Häfele also had some sleek new designs that will make you rethink drawer and pantry organization. The inclusion of Loox LED lights in tight spaces allows for clear countertops and more room for beautiful appliances. They also offer non-slip surfaces that are standard in all of their products and easily movable organizational containers.
When it comes to versatility and durability, these kitchen hardware products have you covered. Davoli Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet California Faucets The Davoli Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet is a customizable faucet available in seven distinctive handle designs and 30 decorative finishes. The faucet’s design includes a pull-down spray head, a magnetic docking station, and a toggling function that switches between single stream and spray modes with ease. Blanco Napa Decorative Soap Dispenser Blanco Made of solid brass, this soap dispenser can be used with both dishwashing and hand soap. The BLANCO NAPA Decorative Soap Dispenser matches the BLANCO NAPA faucet, holds 12.5 fluid ounces of soap, features a design that eliminates clogs and drips, and comes in both stainless steel and chrome. Eurocube Semi Pro Grohe This dual-spray, cube-inspired kitchen faucet features a 140-degree swivel arm, a 360-degree maneuverable spring arm, a metal spray-head with rocker-diverter, a forward-rotating lever that eliminates backsplash, and a SilkMove Cartridge. It’s available in Starlight, SuperSteel Infinity, and Chrome finishes. Induction Cooktops Miele This cooktop collection uses magnetic fields to transmit energy directly to cookware products. Available in 24-inch, 30-inch, 36-inch, and 42-inch models, the Induction Cooktops include Miele’s Con@ctivity 2.0 technology, and a unique large cooking zone called PowerFlex. French-Door Single Oven Viking Range This 30-inch-wide, built-in oven has 11 high-performance cooking modes, metal knobs outfitted with CoolLit LED lights, a Gourmet-Glo Glass Enclosed Infrared Broiler, and a Vari-Speed Dual Flow Convection System. The oven also has six porcelain-coated rack positions, one standard rack, and two TruGlide Full Extension Racks. Discovery 48-Inch Dual-Fuel Range Dacor! Customize cooking experiences by using the wireless Dacor iQ Controller to control the smart oven and stove. Discovery 48-inch Dual-Fuel Range is equipped with SimmerSear burners, Illumina burner controls, GreenClean steam cleaning technology, and more.
High-Style Hacks: Bjarke Ingels, Henning Larsen, and Norm Architects tweak an Ikea flat-pack classic
Danish kitchen purveyor Reform has enlisted Bjarke Ingels, Henning Larsen Architects, and Norm Architects to put their spin on a mainstay of Ikea's kitchen designs, the Metod. While the architects' work is confined to surface treatments and small details, the results definitely elevate the kitchen above the generic flat-pack model. Bjarke Ingles and BIG added a loop of seatbelt webbing to the drawers and doors. Henning Larsen Architects accented the cabinets with strips of contrasting or coordinating metal. Norm Architects created a waterfall counter to frame door/drawer panels made of bronzed tombac, fiber-concrete, or smoked or sawn oak. The kitchens will be available in September 2015.
On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, Kitchens + Baths and Lighting, evidenced a trend toward efficient use of space and energy. View all of the published categories here. KITCHENS + BATHS “This is a smart solution for small spaces.” —Barry Goralnick Winner Sottile 18-Inch-Deep Refrigerator Perlick Residential Standard undercounter refrigerators and beverage centers are 24 inches deep. Measuring just 18 inches deep and 32 inches tall, this undercounter appliance brings refrigerated storage to the slimmest of spaces. Featuring the proprietary front-vented RAPIDcool forced-air system, the fridge chills room-temperature liquids in just 30 minutes. Full-extension pullout shelves are adjustable in one-inch increments. Available with solid stainless steel door, a glass front, or fully-integrated overlay panel. NSF rated and ADA compliant. “Beautiful and simple.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention P3 Comforts Duravit The P3 Comforts suite of bathroom fixtures uses a design language of simple geometry and subtle shifts in planes to create an aesthetically calming experience. The washbasin features a raised tap platform, separate from the wet area, making a generous shelf surface for bathroom essentials. The shower tray has an easy-clean outlet that is seamlessly integrated into the raised base, emphasizing its pristine lines. The tray was created with a new material, DuraSolid, which provides Class B slip-resistance without additional coating. Designed by Phoenix Design. “It’s hard to find good-looking appliances. This is beautiful and sized right.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention 24-Inch Glass Door Refrigerator Bosch With doors finished in white glass, black glass, or glass on stainless steel, this counter-depth refrigerator brings a sleek look to the small kitchen or ancillary space. The appliance’s appearance in enhanced by its handle-less design and concealed hinges. The doors are reversible, allowing for next-to-wall placement and near-flush installation. The ten-cubic-foot capacity includes three freezer drawers, a wine rack, and a sealed crisper, all lit with LEDs. Energy Star qualified. “Gorgeous. Different.” —Barry Goralnick Honorable Mention VOLA Round Series Hand Shower Hastings Tile & Bath The Round Series hand shower takes the core elements of the VOLA design language—the circle and the cylinder—as the starting point to create an entirely new product. Subtle polymer details on the handle helps users keep a grip on the fitting. Available in polished chrome, brushed chrome, natural brass, brushed stainless, and a range of colors. Designed by Aarhus Arkitekterne. LIGHTING + ELECTRICAL “Terrific idea. Love the flexibility. Well designed.” —Barry Goralnick “Very smart and elegant.” —Colin Brice Winner Running Magnet 2.0 FLOS Architectural In this new track lighting system, a trimless, extruded aluminum housing is recessed into plasterboard ceilings or walls; it can even turn inside or outside corners. An electrical track is laid into the housing. Next, LED modules—either adjustable spots or flush-mount linear strips—are attached to the track via magnets, creating a tremendously responsive and versatile lighting platform. Fixtures are easily repositionable in the field, as needs change. Honorable Mention Antimicrobial Trim Leviton These stainless steel wallplates and switches are made with an antimicrobial additive to help keep surfaces cleaner in conjunction with regular housekeeping procedures. Silver ions inhibit cell division and prevent bacteria— including E-coli and MRSA—from reproducing. The collection is suitable for healthcare facilities, educational institutions, hospitality venues, commercial kitchens, and other public service areas where surface contamination is a concern. Honorable Mention LN Series Cree The wing-like design of this sleek luminaire allows a more uniform illumination of task surfaces and ceilings, while providing exceptional efficacy of up to 110 lumens per watt. The series is modular in nature, with four-foot light engines that can be easily combined for longer runs.
Assertive style and high performance are characteristic qualities in the latest crop of new products and collections for the kitchen and bath. Often drawing on designs of the past, they nonetheless present an advanced aesthetic. La Cornue W La Cornue The W line dramatically re-envisions cooking appliances. The collection includes a freestanding “oven tower”, an induction “table” with four burners, and a ventilation hood, as well as an armoire-type cabinet and work table of oiled oak. The components are contemporary, yet maintain certain hallmark details of La Cornue, such as the control knobs and the towel bar that runs the length of the cooktop. Designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Urban Kitchen SieMatic With its mix of stylistic elements, the Urban design theme reflects the contrasts and vitality of city living. Central to the program is the SieMatic 29 sideboard; its mitered and rounded side panels and gently curved pedestal are a contemporary update of the traditional piece of furniture. It is complemented by a variety of freestanding cabinet units, featuring open shelving, cupboards, and drawers. Cape Cod Bath Collection Duravit Part of the Cape Cod suite of bathroom furnishings and fixtures, this console vanity uses a simple palette of materials in an expressive way. The frame is rendered in cool, smooth chrome, while the cabinet boxes and horizontal surfaces are offered in a choice of high gloss white, as well as four wood finishes: American walnut, European oak, vintage oak, and white beech. The vintage oak model brings an extra touch of nature into the bathroom as its countertop features an irregular live edge, making each piece of furniture unique. Designed by Philippe Starck. Black Steel Finish MGS Select products in the MGS MB Bath Collections are now available in Black Steel, a matte black finish for solid stainless steel fittings. Shown on the MB282 widespread three-hole faucet, Black Steel has a refined yet edgy appearance. Unlike a powder-coat or electroplated finish, Black Steel is produced using Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), a process used in aerospace, military, and high-tech industries. Through PVD, the color actually penetrates the metal, resulting in a smooth, durable finish that is consistent throughout every component of the faucet design. ILBAGNOALESSI One Laufen One element of a complete collection of fixtures and fittings, the ILBAGNOALESSI One water closet is available in both floor- and wall-mount models. WaterSense certified, the dual-flush fixture features LAUFEN Clean Coat, a glaze-in-glaze finish that ensures dirt and bacteria are easily rinsed away. Designed by Stefano Giovanni, in cooperation with Alessi and Laufen. Henrybuilt Henrybuilt kitchens combine the integrated design and functionality of a “system” kitchen with the flexibility and personalization associated with custom-designed rooms. Spaces that are refined without being overtly precious, and that are technically sophisticated—without being cold or difficult to maintain—are the result of an individually focused design process.
The most successful kitchens and baths turn not only on appearance, but on functionality, as well. From well-engineered drawer glides and door lifts to water-saving showers and faucets, it pays to spec products with performance in mind. SE 3003 R SieMatic The front panels of this new kitchen line are framed in a slim, 6.5mm band of aluminum, uniting the variety of finishes and materials offered. Available with or without handles. Oceanside Wood-Mode Relying on tall pantry units and banks of drawers rather than hanging cabinets, this new kitchen system is ideal for open plan rooms, or where maintaining a view is important to the program. Aras Vanity Ryvyr Legs are optional for this wall-mounted console vanity, and a pre-cut back panel allows ample room for plumbing connections. In Black and Dove Grey finishes. Rem Widespread Faucet DXV by American Standard Featuring a quick-connect, 1.25-inch drain design, this 1.5 GPM fitting is ADA compliant. Available in two finishes. Elan Vital Watermark Part of a full line of plumbing fittings, this industrial-look faucet is completely customizable, from finish (39 are offered) to configuration. KWC AVA Wall-Mounted Faucet KWC The handle of this elegant bathroom faucet lifts and turns in a single movement, permitting precise control of the 1.5 GPM flow. Available in two finishes.
From food storage and prep to cooking and cleanup, a kitchen’s function—if not its form—is determined to a large extent by the quality of its equipment. Here are some new and notable products to specify for the serious cook. Ye Elica Ye is one of the first range hoods to be sheathed in Cristalplant, a polymer material that allows the creation of soft, fluid lines. The directional, double-suction vent is operated by remote control. LED spotlights illuminate the cooking surface. Designed by Fabrizio Crisà. Planar 8 Faucet Franke Made primarily of solid brass, the new Planar 8 kitchen faucet is equipped with a ceramic cartridge for leak-free operation. Its one-jet, lock-in-place spray head connects to a covered, stainless steel spring hose that facilitates easy, comfortable movement around the sink. The faucet spout rotates 360 degrees in either direction, which allows placement of the handle on either the right or the left side. Available in chrome or satin nickel, the Planar 8 kitchen faucet is CSA-certified and meets the lead-content requirements of NSF/ANSI 372. Range Series Miele Tailored to the North American market, this range offers some impressive features: a wireless roast probe providing ‘correct-to-the-minute’ program countdowns, a menu of 100 easy-to-use, automatic cooking programs, and a Moisture Plus function that offers optimal humidity distribution while baking. It is offered in different sizes (30", 36", and 48") and power configurations (dual-fuel, gas, electric, and induction). Regular burners reach up to 19,000 BTUs and a dedicated simmering burner tops out at 12,000 BTU. Metris Kitchen Faucet Hansgrohe Featuring an extendable shower with two types of jets—a wide shower spray that is ideal for cleaning and rinsing, and a normal spray for filling pots and pans—this faucet comes in high arc, prep, and bar sizes. The swivel range is 150º and the flow rate is 2.2 GPM. Designed by Phoenix Design. Regulator Faucet Waterworks Offered in double and single spot models, as well as a pot filler and bar faucet, this impressive, hand-crafted fitting follows the design template of early 20th-century boiler room controls. Available in thirteen finishes. All-Induction Cooktop Viking A grid of LED lights illuminate individual cooking zones when this six-burner unit is in use. The silvery metallic ceramic surface is not only visually distinctive, but durable and easy to clean. The beveled edges lift up from the counter—a unique design treatment.
Kitchen systems offer the best of both worlds: unlimited customization and efficient, modular-based installation. For multi-unit projects or single-family structures, open floor plans or enclosed rooms, these versatile cabinets are a designer's dream. P'7350 Poggenpohl The mitered vertical joints of the P'7350 are a striking visual departure from the horizontal lines of conventional kitchens. Designed by Porsche Design Studio. XTEND Leicht Louvered panels rise and lower via remote control, eliminating concerns about door-swing clearance in tight spaces. Henrybuilt Custom designed and fabricated in the United States, these contemporary kitchens feature hand-crafted carpentry and one-of-a-kind detailing. B3 Bulthaup A multi-function wall is at the core of this kitchen system, concealing utility lines and giving the cabinets a floating appearance. Phoenix Varenna A serviceable mix of open and closed storage and a palette of natural materials characterize this forward-looking kitchen. Designed by CR&S Varenna. New Logica System: Artematica Vitrum Arte Valcucine Featuring glass-fronted drawers and base cabinets, this kitchen poses unique recycling potential. Full-height pantry units offer extensive storage capacity. Designed by Gabriele Centazzo.
Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is ramping up for its 2015 show in Las Vegas, January 20-22. More than 500 exhibitors – representing a 25 percent increase over the successful 2014 event, will be in attendance, along with an estimated 125,000 industry professionals. Also new for 2015 is the addition of more than 500,000 square feet of exhibition space. Branded KBISNeXT™, this section of the show is a destination for discovering the next ideas, trends and innovations in the kitchen and bath industry. KBISNeXTTM will feature the KBISNeXT Stage, Tech Bar, and the FutureHaus Kitchen, presented by Virginia Tech. It will also showcase more KBIS exhibitors, the popular Best of KBIS Awards and the show’s newest award program: the Innovative Showroom Awards. Following last year’s successful co-location with the International Builder’s Show (IBS) and the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE), along with the launch of Design & Construction Week, this year’s show is bigger and better. Building upon that success, SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo, and the Las Vegas Market have also joined on to be part of the 2015 Design & Construction Week. January. 18-23. To learn more about KBIS and register for the 2015 show, visit www.kbis.com.
At Salon del Mobile, the specialized trade show Eurocucina focuses on innovation in kitchen systems and appliances. This year, trends include a fascination with dark woods and the evolution of wall cabinets from closed boxes to open shelves. On the bathroom front, exhibitors at the Salone del Bagno were promoting unusual finishes and materials for plumbing fixtures and fittings. Valcucine Riciclantica Acciaio Now available with a glass worktop, ultra-thin doors, and a redesigned backsplash panel that facilitates installation around utility lines. Designed by Gabriele Centazzo. Snaidero Ola 25 In Ferrari Red lacquer, this limited-edition design commemorates the quarter-century anniversary of the kitchen manufacturer. Designed by Pininfarina. Scavolini Foodshelf Designed specifically for open-plan residences, the storage is modeled after living room furniture, rather than traditional kitchen cabinets. Designed by Ora-ïto. Leicht Xtend+ Automated louvered cabinet fronts can be raised and lowered via remote control or smartphone. Elmar @home The black walnut cooking island is modeled after a Venetian rowlock. Suspended steel cylinders house ventilation, lighting, and audio speakers. Designed by C+S Architects. Cesar Kalea Aluminum door-frames can be fitted with glass, wood, or ceramic panels in a variety of colors and finishes. Designed by G.V. Plazzogna. Kreoo Gong Available in four marbles, this 32-inch-by-13-inch basin can be installed as a countertop vessel or on a compatible pedestal. Designed by Enzo Berti. Dornbracht MEM in Cyprum Finish This new rose-gold-colored finish is a nuanced interpretation of polished copper; available on select fitting collections for bath and kitchen. MEM was designed by Sieger Design. Rexa Esperanto This component-based system provides flexible design alternatives that can be adapted to baths of different sizes and configurations. Designed by Monica Graffeo. Geberit Monolith A compromise between bulky floor-mounted commodes and in-wall installations, this toilet features a shallow tank that is sheathed in white or black glass. Axor Axor Starck V Fabricated of glass, this bathroom mixer puts hydrodynamics on display, with a swirling vortex created whenever the tap is turned on. Designed by Philippe Starck. Laufen IlBagnoAlessi One Offered in 35-inch and 47-inch versions, the curves of this console basin complement the strong lines of the walnut vanity cabinet. Designed by Stefano Giovannoni.