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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.
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2015 Best of Products Awards> Kitchens + Baths and Lighting

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.
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Product> Hot Stuff for Kitchens & Baths

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.
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Product> Six Top-Performing Bath & Kitchen Products

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.
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Product> Must-Spec Kitchen Equipment

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.
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Products> Six Cutting-Edge Kitchen Systems

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.
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The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show Returns to Vegas Bigger and Better

  The 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.
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Product> The Comprehensive New York Design Week 2013 Roundup

New York's inaugural design week, held from May 10 through 21, was a comprehensive, two-week celebration of all things design across Manhattan island, as well as parts of Brooklyn. Showcasing the latest from industry stalwarts to emerging and independent designers—local, domestic, and international—AN culled its top picks of New York Design Week products from the ICFF show floor, Wanted Design exhibitions, showroom launches, and all events in between.  The Low Collection 13&9 Design The multidisciplinary Austrian design studio debuted at Wanted Design with a collection of furniture, wearable fashion and accessories, a cinematic video, and a music album. With the Low Collection (pictured above), Corian is formed into several seating styles that combine with storage vessels, all at ground level. Suitable for outdoors, furniture heights can be modified to generate a unique landscape. Cartesian Chair Alexander Purcell Rodrigues Named for Descartes's coordinate system, the Cartesian chair is made from aircraft-grade aluminum with an anodized finish for extreme durability. Mathematically generated, subtle texture on the back is realized via parametric design tools. Stool 60 Special Editions Artek Originally designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933, Artek celebrates 80 years of production with special updates by guest designers including Mike Meiré, Tom Dixon, Commes des Garcons, Mads Norgaard, and Nao Tamura. Special Edition by Brooklyn-based designer Tamura features screen-printed tree rings directly onto the seat to unify the lifespan of a tree with the longevity of Stool 60. Regent Street Mirror Avenue Road Debuting its second collection with Avenue Road, Yabu Pushelberg launched seven new pieces with its production partner for 2013. Regent Street is a full length dressing mirror with a functional, glass-topped shelf, supported by a polished nickel frame. Minikitchen Boffi Made from Corian with a solid teak chopping board, Boffi's mobile, outdoor kitchen unit can be repositioned easily on swiveling castors. It also features space for a mini-refrigerator, small cutlery drawers, electrical appliance sockets, and a pull-out worktop. Maharam Shell Chair Project Carl Hansen Carl Hansen has collaborated with Maharam textiles on the Maharam Shell Chair Project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of CH07's design. For this special collection, 20 of Wegner's Shell Chairs will feature a range of re-edition designs from Wiener Werksẗatte and Alexander Girard, as well as collaborations with Hella Jongerius and Paul Smith. Tuareg Foscarini The frame of Ferruccio Laviani's Tuareg floor lamp is marked by three metal tubes that house fully adjustable LED light sources. At 82 inches in height and 50 inches in width, it is available in Orange and Black. Curl Luceplan Industrial designer Sebastian Bergne designed Curl with adjustable white, LED technology which allows users to change the light temperature quickly and easily. And with no established base, the fixture can be set in any position for endless configurations of ambient light. Pleat Box Marset Featured in the "Design: Istanbul–Turkey" showcase at Wanted Design, the Pleat Box lighting pendant is designed by Mashallah Design in collaboration with Barcelona ceramicist Xavier Mañosa. Recycling various enamels produces a white ceramic, brown, black, terracotta or gray exterior and is finished with a glossy white or gold interior. Røros Tweed Blanket Snøhetta Debuting this spring, Mountainfold, Color Noise, and Islandskap are Snøhetta-conceived patterns on Norwegian-manufactured Røros Tweed. On Mountainfold, the design was derived from the famous mountain peak in Dovre, Norway (and the firm's namesake), and is available in six colorways. Heze Trove Geometric, circular patterns are rendered in blurred strokes on wood veneer, matte foil wallpaper, PVC-free Type II Redeux, embossed Type II Marquee, or in bamboo and rice textures for windows. A 12-foot by 67-inch panel shows no vertical repeats. Exquisite Wink Wolf-Gordon For its booth at ICFF, Wolf-Gordon commissioned 10 leading designers and artists to demonstrate the benefits of Wink, a clear, dry-erase coating that can be applied to any smooth surface. Featured sketches and designs in the "Exquisite" installation came from Snarkitecture, Ali Tayar, karlssonwilker, Michael Graves, Boym Partners, Myles Karr, and Ben Katchor.
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Product> Small Spaces and High Design in the Kitchen

Tight spaces shouldn't dictate a sacrifice in style or function, particularly when it comes to outfitting the kitchen. Our round-up of sleek and compact kitchen products below proves good things do come in small packages. G925 Door in Moka Glass Porcelanosa Small kitchens and baths call for innovative wall surfaces. Porcelanosa’s semi-custom kitchen includes the G-925 (above), a flat surface door finish with the company’s Moka Glass and walnut veneer. The cabinets come in a choice of nine colors and feature integrated handles, which give them a seamless look that can be re-configured to fit any space. Convertible Wall Mount Glass Canopy Hood Whirlpool Whirlpool’s glass canopy hood fits snugly above a 30-inch stove, has a 3-speed push button control and dishwasher safe mesh filters. The stainless hood can be converted to recirculate air with optional kits for both ductless installation as well as a chimney extension. The canopy clears smoke, odors, and grease and includes a built-in incandescent light for illuminating your cooktop. Starck High Arc Prep Kitchen Faucet Axor French designer Philippe Starck has created a sleek collection that would make any kitchen Top Chef worthy. His High Arc Prep Faucet features a single ergonomic pull-down handle with full and needle sprays. The fixture comes in chrome or stainless and is installed with a 150 degree swivel spout. C6GGXU 24-inch Stove Smeg Italian appliance manufacturer Smeg is know for their 1950’s retro-style refrigerators in pop colors. The company also offers cooktops, dishwashers, and a petite 24-inch freestanding gas range, which fits snugly into small urban kitchens. Made from stainless steel with ergonomic control knobs, cast-irongrates, and automatic ignition, the range also has ample storage space below. Artesio Poggenpohl When is a kitchen not a kitchen? Hamburg-based architect and designer Hadi Teherani seems to know. His collaboration with Poggenpohl breaks the barrier of the standard fitted cooking area. By fusing wall, floor, ceiling, lighting, sound, and storage, the kitchen is brought to the forefront, making it a place to work, cook, and entertain. Miele Combi-Steam Oven Miele With Miele’s revolutionary new wall-mounted stainless steel combi-oven, everyone’s a gourmet cook. The transfer of heat is faster and more efficient, while the dual operations allows the unit to function as either a steam or a convection oven. Used in tandem, the oven is ideal for browning, caramelizing, and braising, allowing one unit to multi-task and save valuable cooking space. 18-inch Bar Handle Dishwasher Bosch Bosch has come up with a powerful little workhorse for small kitchens. The 18-inch bar handle dishwasher is quiet and efficient with washing capacity for nine place settings. Deceptively simple in design and operation, this unit has a 30-minute cycle, is energy efficient, and saves hundreds of gallons of water per year. Board Snaidero While small and compact, Snaidero’s new Board kitchen is ideal for an open plan. The cantilevered unit was designed by Pietro Arosio and made of Corian in two sizes and two finishes, including Igloo white or Texture Grey. Outfitted with basin-like receptacles for storage, waste, and sink, the unit seamlessly connects to a wall storage system and can be adapted to fit any space.
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PRODUCT> Heart of Gold, A Kitchen Made into a Jewelry Box

The Product Page in AN's current print issue, "Turn Up The Heat," rounds up six solid stand-alone kitchen units with a focus on minimal, streamlined design, optimal storage for a clutter-free workspace and enhanced performance for demanding chefs. Most of the featured cooktops, like Binova's Anima, Boffi's K20, Leicht's FS-Topos, Rational's Solo and Valcucine's La CucinaAlessi are light, clean, sleek and bright white Corian, while Rossana's DC10, Eggersmann's Unique and Steininger's Heart of Gold are decidedly darker, heavier—even brutal—pairing matte metals and deep wood tones with rectangular blocks of stone and slate. The show-stopping Heart of Gold was named after the anodized golden aluminum that lines its drawers "and makes them look like a luxurious jewelry box." Each drawer can be customized with movable magnetic dividers - no more awkward utensils jutting up out of their compartments. The real innovation here isn't the fancy drawers or the luxuriously deep marble sink or even the flush-set induction hob, but the red dot award winning modular system, which can be customized in stone, ceramic, aluminum or concrete. The four modules for storage, washing, food prep and cooking can be built in a variety of sizes and fitted together like a puzzle with a wooden table panel for dining or added workspace. Yes, it's expensive, but it's built to last. The components and appliances are not only top of the line, but in stone or concrete this unit will age beautifully.
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Scavolini Comes to Soho

If sleek Italian kitchens send your heart racing more than a Maserati ever could, stop by Scavolini's new Soho location at 429 West Broadway for a test drive. The showroom, which opened to the public yesterday, is the manufacturer's first U.S. flagship and features 15 kitchens designed to show off a range of modern and traditional styles. Scavolini worked with SpaCe Architects to design the 10,000-square-foot space on two levels in what was formerly the Nancy Hoffman Gallery. Inside, the showroom maintains a gallery feel. Red glass stairs float within a webbed enclosure above a floor of river rocks, leading clients downstairs to large work tables where they can meet with the gallery team (who trained at the company's facility in Italy) among more kitchen displays. The showroom will also feature a dedicated working kitchen, Scavolini's popular Crystal design updated with a new pattern by Karim Rashid and the latest Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances—be sure to stop by for a cooking demonstration, or snag an invite to the official grand opening party on November 16.