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JUL 2018

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HEAVY METALS RULE New Jersey-based kitchen designer Peter Salerno has a different take on the industrial trend. He thinks that the plethora of cooking shows is largely responsible for home- owners loving lots of metal in their kitchens. "Be it Emeril or Bobby Flay or Giada, they work in functional spaces, often actual restaurant kitchens," he notes. "People see that and think 'Wow, that's cool.' We find that one out of 50 will want a kitchen like that after watching one of those cooking shows. And, by the way, they want it even if they don't cook. Why, we even see people who admit they don't cook insist on a $65,000 La Cornue range." Recently, Salerno's ways with industrials, especially metal- lics, brought him all the way to Moscow. An ice hockey player in the U.S. hired him to design the kitchen in his new house back in Russia. True to form, Salerno designed an extraor- dinary island as the centerpiece of the kitchen. Crafted from pewter, it features riveted legs, a look borrowed from airplane construction. Stainless steel, however, is his favorite metal. When a homeowner expresses interest in an industrial kitchen, Salerno often designs a core of appliances, island and cabinets entirely clad in gleaming steel. This may look right at home at Iron Chef Central, but it is amazingly versatile. It even suits a 150-year-old New Jersey farmhouse with stone walls and beamed ceilings, another recent Salerno project. Here, the kitchen's island is 10' long and the steel is treated to appear grained. Iron forged to look old is also used in the space, as are some salvaged archi- tectural finials. The photos of this kitchen on the firm's website have caught attention from far and near. "I just had a phone call from Oklahoma," tells Salerno. "They like my ways with industrial kitchens. So I am going there. That's how I got to go to Moscow, too." Salerno warns that industrial kitchens can look too functional if the ratio between metals and warmer elements is wrong. "No kitchen should look and feel like an operating room at a hospital," he notes. "I usually go with a ratio of 40 percent metals and 60 percent warmer elements. The best way to bring warmth into the space is with wood. A wood floor, wood cabinets or beamed ceiling will always do a good job of warming up a kitchen." The importance of metals in industrial kitchens is repeat- ed by designer after designer, but Steven Abeles, an interior designer, dealer and owner of Balsamo Antiquities in Pine Plains, NY and New York City, makes a deeper connection. A noted specialist in industrial antiques, he explains that it was the popularity of loft living that gave birth to the onslaught of stainless steel appliances. "Those industrial lofts with restau- rant ranges and other oversized elements became impossibly chic," he says. "Shelter magazines started showing them off in their pages, and appliance makers took note. So did builders. They adopted the lofty ceilings and big windows for homes all over the suburbs and beyond." Even a 150-year-old farmhouse can go industrial. Here, designer Peter Salerno incorporates salvaged antique finials and wood beams to warm the space. Dramatic contrasts take center stage, while a 10' island features an unusual grain. In this Moscow, Russia kitchen designed by Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno, Inc., the unique pewter island features legs that are riveted in the manner of airplane parts. Photo: Peter Rymwid Photo: Philip Ennis Photography Photo: Philip Ennis Photography July 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 41

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