Kitchen & Bath Design News

FEB 2019

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Artisanship has the ability to elevate kitchen design, offering designers the chance to do the unexpected. This month, kitchen designers from across the country discuss artisanal design. BY LIS KING Artisan Kitchens he artisanal kitchen is here. That means a space that oozes personality, embracing creativity rather than sticking to one formula or Pinterest board. And designers, who prefer thinking outside the box, love it. "People are yearning for that personal connection," explains Sharon Hanby-Robie, a designer and author in Lancaster, PA. "That's true for the kitchen as well as other parts of life. We yearn for the human touch, perhaps in the form of custom cabinets akin to furniture, hand-forged hard- ware or well-loved collections. In my own kitchen, I have a re- volving display of the paintings and watercolors that I collect. It always makes me happy." New York City designer Rob Stuart also finds that his clients want very personal kitchens. "I consider it especially exciting that these days, clients often bring ideas to us," he notes. "The tables have definitely turned, and I don't think it'd be going too far to say that the kitchen is replacing the living room as a focus for self-expression." Hanby-Robie and Stuart both feel that today's always-tech- connected lifestyle contributes to people's need for something uniquely personal. "Constantly updating the iPhone and convers- ing with Alexa are part of modern life," remarks Stuart. "But it feels good to step back into the calming rhythms and patterns of a kitchen that honors craftsmanship and permanence." T 54 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019

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