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SOLUTIONS Kitchen Encounters Designer pulled out all the stops to achieve his clients' space and storage needs The walls behind the desk area and cooktop were created as focal elements to provide breathing room in the space. The kitchen lighting can be controlled remotely with smart home technology, and the dishwashers, refrigerator and freezer can notify the homeowners if, for example, a refrigerator door is left ajar. When envisioning their dream kitchen, a couple in San Francisco wanted a product designer who could make every effort to create innovative storage solutions and designated work and dining spaces for the busy family. In keeping with their contemporary taste, they desired the use of contrasting materials and a space with clean lines and an inviting, open, organic feel. Challenge 1 - Designated Spaces The clients wanted a kitchen that allowed them the flexibility to casually dine within it, and the lady of the house wanted an organizational workspace and wet bar area integrated into the kitchen while being outside the main flow of traffic. To make these wishes come true, Harald Vaernes of Studio Becker designed the island to include bar seating, leaving open space to the left of it to incorporate a breakfast table for casual seating. The required workspace is located just outside of the main kitchen area with a wood 38 + K BB desktop and pullout drawers for file storage. He designed a wet bar peninsula with its own sink and undercounter beverage center - all of which are out of the path of the person cooking but easily serve other areas of the home. Challenge 2 - Ample Storage The couple also required different storage solutions for various needs throughout the kitchen. Vaernes used varying heights of cabinets in the layout, including three shorter wall units over the cooktop in an olive ash veneer that do not extend past the higher cabinets in the space. Not only do these cabinets provide storage room, they also hide the hood. "The balance of the design was carefully considered to provide an expanse of storage without making the space wall-to-wall cabinetry," said Vaernes. "There are open shelving and closed options." From anywhere in the kitchen, storage is within reach. Light, wood-paneled open and floating shelves were used in the office space for what January 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - January 2015

Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Dealer Dish
Tech Savvy
Business Practice
Sustainable Design
Universal Design
Solutions
Favorites
Before and After
Industry Outlook
KBIS 2015 and Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products
Design
Living Joyfully
Bittersweet Symphony
The Glamorous Life
New Lines, New Look
Learning Corner
Last Word

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