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JUL 2018

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MIXING IT UP Dan MacFadden of PB Kitchens, in Geneva, IL agrees with Salerno that homeowners are mostly motivated by the cool vibe of industrial design. "But in our area, we're finding that homeowners prefer subtler versions of the look," he states. "I'd even say they like some rustic notes mixed in. "The good news is that industrial chic needn't be an all-en- compassing design style. If you're not completely committed to the look, you can still mix individual elements with any other type of design, from contemporary to traditional. And when you do, the result is usually a 'wow' factor. Metals are an important part of the look, and we like to use hand-crafted items, such as iron bands for beams, supports for shelves, ornamental pieces and, most of all, gorgeous range hoods. We're fortunate to have a lot of fantastic metal artisans in our area," he adds. A kitchen in McQuon, WI exemplifies PB's industrial aesthetic. Featuring a vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses, a handcrafted steel hood, honed granite counters, stainless "The most prominent features of the space were a stunning window wall, a spiral staircase and exposed metal structural components," she says. "But I found the space on the sterile side. It needed more of an organic feel. So I chose light-colored wood cabinets with quartz countertops, lacquered the concrete floor, put a rug into the eating area and found chairs and art work that would add some yellow accents." Elle-H Millard, CKD and spokesperson for the Hackettstown, NJ-based National Kitchen & Bath Association, explains that it's finding real beauty in exposed imperfections that makes the industrial kitchen so special. "An unveiled look at the inner work- ings of the space always provides an element of surprise," she says. "And raw materials that are sturdy and durable, yet have a hand-made feel, add to the look. Thomas Edison's bulbs with visible lighting filaments are must-haves. It's this raw, naked form that makes an industrial kitchen truly chic. "Having said that, it should be remembered that industrial kitchen design can take many forms and cross many boundar- ies. It can go more modern, or it can go more rugged," she adds. Lots of metal, judiciously softened by wood, brings industrial chic to this award-winning kitchen designed by PB Kitchen Design. Photo: PB Kitchen Design July 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 43

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