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Favorites 1 2 John Gidding’s Top Product Picks Although a self-described “modernist at heart,” John Gidding, star of HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, likes to take an organic approach to his design work. Not only does he enjoy creating spaces with “curvilinear lines and anthropomorphic shapes that mimic the bodies moving around them,” but this Ivy-League-educated architect also confesses a fondness for natural materials, such as wood and stone. In kitchens and bathrooms, these materials perfectly complement “beautiful austere steel fixtures and accessories,” and he tries to incorporate them whenand wherever possible. Being a modernist, however, Gidding favors a streamlined aesthetic in his kitchen designs, which “should be almost clinically clean—both literally and with regard to the lines the eye follows.” Similarly, he tends to choose kitchen products that “have taken their function to the highest level possible,” so “there is very little superfluous ornamentation or decoration, which is the look I love in a kitchen.” One such product is Gaggenau’s BS 270/271 Combination Steam and Convection Oven (3), which Gidding owns and loves for its “aluminum details and crisp knobs,” as well as its ability to plumb directly to a water source. The oven also allows Gidding to set the humidity level during cooking, which in turn enables him “to conjure up some of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had the pleasure of serving.” Nespresso’s Le Cube coffee maker (2) gets his nod for being a “study in design perfection.” Available in arctic white, aluminum, titanium and red, the stylishly compact unit not only boasts fuss-free good looks, but also makes a mean cup of coffee, which is why many of Gidding’s clients have received it as a parting gift. Of course, what’s a kitchen without cabinetry? Although Gidding is a fan of Poggenpohl and SieMatic, his “newest love” is Italy’s SCIC and, in particular, its System 30 collection (4). A versatile line, it’s equally at home in both large and small kitchens, as it can be hidden behind a set of “seamlessly sliding doors,” he said. “Most importantly, you can get the doors in silver or 24k plated gold.” While Gidding’s kitchens may incline toward the industrial, his bathrooms are another story. Here, whimsy and character combine to create personalized spaces that heighten the bathing and cleansing experience for his clients—a strategy reflected in his favorite products. Topping his list is Il Bagno Alessi, which was designed by Stefano Giovannoni for Laufen (5) and whose sensuous forms “were a real eye-opener to the industry” when the line was first introduced. As Gidding noted, “The repressed shame we have in Western society for the functions of a toilet had translated for too long into wallflower designs for toilets that are inconspicuous and reserved.” Another favorite is Droog’s Heat Wave radiator (1), which reinterprets what is typically a strictly functional product as a decorative element. “I love putting radiators in bathrooms,” Gidding said. “People put towels on them and for the right space, they can be incredibly evocative.” s —Alice Liao 3 4 5 50 + K BB March 2010 / 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 - March 2010

KBB - March 2010
Table of Contents
Editor’s Note
Online Content
Online News
Consumer
Trends
Products
Profile
Bright Outlook
Easy, Breezy, Beautiful
Education
Editorial Index
Ad Index
Favorites

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