Kitchen design is redefined with these modern masterpieces…
The quartz-surfaces manufacturer and the British designer Tom Dixon have succeeded in crafting a cool-looking kitchen that truly evokes the cold. Ice, as the kitchen is called, debuted at the Interior Design Show in Toronto in January, and it is the first of four kitchens inspired by the elements—water, earth, air, and fire—that the company plans to unveil. For inspiration, Dixon looked to Canada’s frozen lakes and the jagged pieces left by the icebreakers. Triangular prisms in different sizes and heights help create the aesthetic. Price available upon request. (caesarstoneus.com)
Caesarstone and Raw Edge
The Southern California–based manufacturing company Caesarstone, known for creating functional quartz surfaces for the kitchen and bath, has partnered with London’s Raw Edges design studio to create Islands, a series of kitchen designs configured to house appliances and unique elements such as fishbowls and planters in specially sized sections. The designs range in price from about $50 to $60 per square foot and are intended to add counter space for meal preparation while providing storage for essential kitchen tools. The units feature quartz countertops in combination with a variety of materials such as reclaimed wood, glass, and terra-cotta. Though the collection focuses primarily on designs for the kitchen, the full Islands range also includes space-efficient units for the bathroom. Price available upon request. (caesarstoneus.com)
Cameo Kitchens & Fine Cabinetry
Fusion ($250,000 as shown), is a compelling kitchen design that utilizes new technologies to foster perhaps the oldest human social activity: bonding over shared meals. Fusion centers on a 10-foot-wide interactive media backsplash that, as pictured by Rizek and Muller, helps bring people together. Aside from its obvious decorative uses—it can display any moving or still image—the backsplash can show cooking videos, make video phone calls, or tune into three different television programs at once.
To bring the backsplash to life, Muller enlisted the aid of Matthew Grossman of the Toronto firm Architronics. The technology comprises three individual monitors that are specially configured so that their images abut with less than a quarter-inch gap between the screens; the mounting hardware permits adjustment of the monitors up and down or side to side. The backsplash can be controlled via remote control or iPad (a touch-sensitive screen is optional), and the whole setup can be easily integrated with an existing home network.
Ease of use extends to Fusion’s appliances and cabinetry. The Miele suite includes an induction cooktop and two ovens, and the servo-enhanced cabinets and drawers open and illuminate at a touch. The island’s cabinetry is rift-cut walnut, and the back-wall cabinets are high-gloss white lacquer with a urethane sealer. Fusion’s bar has LED lighting and a handmade agate surface. But any element of the kitchen can be customized for clients—and the company they plan to keep. (cameokitchens.com)
Occupying a footprint as small as 6 feet wide by 30 inches deep, the Stealth Kitchen’s chic walls of cabinetry from the Pennsylvania-based YesterTec—known for its innovative alternatives to the standard built-in kitchen—conceal a refrigerator and freezer, a four-burner range, an oven, a dishwasher, and a microwave behind doors that automatically turn off the appliances when shut. Starting at $15,500, the Stealth Kitchen Modules are fully customizable and can be built in a variety of configurations to accommodate laundry machines, sinks, island units, and double ovens, making them ideal for condos or discrete interior areas. Eighteen wood and lacquer finishes include Bombay Mahogany and Tobacco Oak. (resourcefurniture.com)
Robb Report | July 2016