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FAVORITES 2 1 Ken Kelly’s Top Product Picks The success of a kitchen or bath project often hinges on the resolution of its details, which in turn demands a profound understanding of product. Awardwinning designer Ken Kelly, ckd, cbd, cr, founder of Kitchen Design by Ken Kelly in Williston Park, NY, grasps this, as evidenced from his 29 years in the industry and his discussion of kitchen and bath favorites. The former includes frequent speaking engagements for both consumer and professional audiences, as well as publication of his work in everything from newspapers, such as The New York Times and Newsday, to House Beautiful, Woman’s Day, Home, House and Distinctions magazines. A believer in the idea that less is more, Kelly creates spaces that may not incorporate “all the latest bells and whistles just because they exist” but instead are tailored aesthetically to a home’s architecture and functionally to his clients’ lifestyle. “We make selections that add simple, graceful elegance,” he said. This attitude may explain why when Kelly was asked about his top five products, his answers homed in on the nitty-gritty of each. Take Blanco’s Culina (3), which he loves for the “very tight nature of the steel spring that almost looks like a solid spout yet has flexibility and ease of movement for maximum free range.” Equally appreciated is the ease with which its touch button allows users to change spray functions. A new hand-painted finish from Bentwood (1) gets Kelly’s nod for its “authentic” Old-World look and durability.“The catalyst in the varnish makes the finish hard enough so it doesn’t come apart and is impervious to most household chemicals, including acetone,” said Kelly, who should know, having tested it by marking it with a Sharpie pen and then cleaning it with acetone.“The acetone did not erode or change the finish at all.” Wolf’s convection steam oven (5) also earns a spot on Kelly’s list for its convenience in promoting healthy eating. “It’s easy to add to a kitchen and give our clients the versatility of steam cooking,” he said.“Cooking with steam helps food maintain a higher vitamin content.” In addition, with its clean lines, the unit is attractive and complements the company’s L and E series ovens. For outdoor kitchens, you can’t go wrong with the beauty and performance of a Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Pizza Oven (2). According to Kelly, the oven is ideal for entertaining and can be easily mounted on a countertop or “its own gorgeous stand.” To boot, there’s a bit of “Old-World romance when you see the flame as your pizza is being cooked,” he said. Furthermore, “It happens to make a phenomenally good pizza.” Of course, for any detail-oriented designer, cabinet hardware—a kitchen’s jewelry—is not to be overlooked. Kelly likes Katonah Architectural Hardware (4) because it not only offers an “amazing selection of the most gorgeous hardware I’ve ever seen” but also the ability to customize pieces to specification. Choose a shape and the company can adapt it in size and finish. Such flexibility can be a boon in a kitchen where restraint and elegance go hand in hand and, as one famous architect once said, the divine can be found in the details. n —Alice Liao 3 4 5 56 + K BB March 2012 / 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 2012

KBB - March 2012
Contents
Online Contents/News
Editorial
Show Director’s Note
Road to KBIS
Web Savvy
Consumer
Trends
Products
Abroad
Design
White Open
Texan Hospitality
Ad Index
Favorites

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