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JAN 2019

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someplace different than anywhere else in the city, or maybe even the market in general." At the entrance, visitors are welcomed at a reception desk and seating area that is impeccably adorned and purposely open and spacious to give them time to absorb their surroundings, as opposed to overwhelming them with an abundance of product at their very first steps inside. However, it quickly becomes apparent there is more beyond. "As you look down the vista of our showroom, you know there is much more to be explored," he says. As a start, nine kitchen displays, seven of which are full size, highlight a variety of design styles, including the full spectrum from contemporary to traditional to transitional. Each one is also staged to feel as if the client is walking into an actual residence. "We have decorated the showroom like it is someone's home," he says. "It's all encompassing of a particular look or style." One kitchen is also fully functional and has been utilized for CEU events, company training and product display events for Empire Kitchen & Bath, as well as other organizations. "The functional kitchen is a great place to throw events and entertain with guest chefs and caterers," he says. "Ultimately, for any company, when people see the showroom, it influences and inspires them to think about their own spaces." The showroom also includes multiple full-size bathrooms and smaller bath vignettes as well as two closets, one of which is a 16'x22' full-scale display with lighted cabinets, marble floors and inlaid mosaic tile. A detailed raised ceiling echoes the shape of the oval island below, which features back-to-back bench seating tucked between each curved end. "We added closet displays because people are focusing more on these spaces and are investing as much into them as any room that has millwork," Mullen adds. Separate corridors lead visitors to rooms filled with exten- sive collections of lighting, plumbing and tile, all displayed in gallery-style settings. While inspiration is an overriding consideration for the showroom, so is the health of visitors and showroom staff. "When we built our new showroom, we wanted to make sure we were inspiring customers by creating displays that incorporate all the key aspects of a project, including the cabinetry, countertops, tile, plumbing, lighting, etc., so they can make their homes beautiful," he says. "We also built the showroom to a healthy standard…meaning we were focused on eliminating as many harsh chemicals and VOCs as possible to provide a healthy space for everyone." At the entrance to the Empire Kitchen & Bath showroom, visitors are welcomed at the reception desk and seating area. This was designed to be open and spacious to give visitors time to absorb their surroundings, as opposed to overwhelming them with an abundance of product as soon as they step inside. This kitchen display in the showroom features cabinetry in two varieties of wood, a decorative backsplash, open shelves and a La Cornue range, hood and rotisserie. The showroom includes two clos- ets, one of which is this 16'x22' full- scale display with lighted cabinets, marble floors and inlaid mosaic tile. A detailed raised ceiling echoes the shape of the oval island below, which features bench seating. The Waterworks display at Empire Kitchen & Bath highlights the brands' tile, lighting and kitchen/bath faucets, which are shown in 16 finishes, as well as the unique designs of its bathtubs. Nine kitchen displays within the showroom highlight a variety of design styles. This tran- sitional display pairs cream-colored cabinets with a walnut island that features integrated banquette seating and decorative panels that conceal the refrigerator. Additional elements include the ceiling detail, the custom mosaic backsplash behind the range and an integrated granite sink that matches the countertop. Photos: Rob Moroto, Calgary Photos January 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 43

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