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FEB 2019

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Asian themes with a handle shaped like a tree limb and strips suggesting the lines of classic Japanese gates. The tree limb handle is iron, handcrafted by a Pittsburgh artist. The materi- al between the strips is quartered figured English Sycamore, and the stripping is Alder. The other cabinetry is crafted of mahogany. The five elements of Taoism – earth, wind, fire, water and metal – are paid homage, too. For example, a back- lit glass panel behind the stove represents wind and water," he explains. TILE STRATEGIES It's hard to find a kitchen aspiring to artisanship that doesn't feature tile. It's timeless and trendy, say designers, as well as endlessly versatile, and it always requires a skilled hand to project its artistry. WRIGHT RE-VISITED In Pittsburgh, PA, Kitchen and Bath Concepts recently met a different kind of challenge: creating a kitchen for the owners of a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house. "The vibe of the structure was definitively mid-century modern and called for Frank Lloyd Wright's celebrated aes- thetic," explains Kitchen and Bath Concepts President Thomas Trzcinski. "That meant nature themes and Japanese referenc- es, but first of all, it struck us that the house's stone exterior should be reflected inside as well. "So we designed the kitchen with stone accents: for exam- ple, surrounding the refrigerator with stone columns. And that refrigerator, a Sub-Zero, got the full 'nature' treatment. We designed it with mid-colored panels of quartered fiddleback Anegre, an African hardwood, and then honored nature and Back-lit glass panels reflect the wind and water elements of Taoism in this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired kitchen designed by Thomas Trzcinski of Kitchen & Bath Concepts. The hand-forged, tree-branch-shaped refrigerator handle (at right) adds an artisan touch, while the stone columns surrounding the refrigerator contin- ue the nature-inspired theme. Photos: Craig Thompson 56 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 STYLE ALERT

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