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AUG 2018

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Interactive Inspiration KEVIN MULLEN (pictured), MARK CAYEN, STEPHANIE GAFFNEY, KARI MIZEN and KRISTEN HODGE Empire Kitchen & Bath Calgary, Alberta, Canada The design team of Empire Kitchen & Bath conceived the company's new showroom as an elegant, innovative and interactive space to inspire designers and give their clients insight into the design process. The expanded 18,000-sq.-ft. space enabled the company to increase its offerings of cabinetry, appliances, tile, plumbing, light- ing and hardware. With a timeframe of only seven months, the design and construction process for the new showroom had to be impeccably planned for minimal disruption to the company's day-to-day opera- tions. Company founder and president Kevin Mullen, in conjunc- tion with Empire designers Mark Cayen, Stephanie Gaffney, Kari Mizen and Kristen Hodge, created a ground-up design with all new displays in order to allow the company to continue working in its old location during construction. In order to flatter both Empire's own products and those of its partner brands, the design team created a layout inspired by lux- ury department stores, with distinct spaces for each product type denoted by 12'-high display walls. The showroom boasts a broad array of the latest products, materials and finishes from Empire and its partners, displayed in thoughtful gallery settings. Functional, fully staged displays incorporating products from the showroom provide hands-on inspiration for visitors, including six kitchen displays, two kitchen vignettes, two bathroom displays and two closet displays. Designers and clients are encouraged to mix and match their product sample selections at the large working tables in order to develop their creative visions. In addition to nourishing imaginations, Empire's showroom was designed with careful attention to visitors' and employ- ees' physical health. Environmentally friendly build practices and non-toxic materials were employed in the construction of the space, including VOC-free paints and adhesives, concrete flooring to maintain air quality and formaldehyde-mitigating drywall products. August 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 61

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