Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2019

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A collection of kitchen projects showcase the vast array of countertop materials available today, focusing on stylish surfaces that are every bit as functional as they are beautiful. BY KIM BERNDTSON Stylin' Surface Solutions qually desired for their statement-making style and hard-working functionality, today's countertops take the kitchen to a whole new level. New technology allows for greater innovation in creating one-of-a-kind designs, fabri- cating eye-catching edges, creating full-countertop charging capabilities and more, while the nearly endless array of colors, textures and patterns allow for enhanced aesthetic appeal and greater personalization of the space. With the mix and match trend remaining strong, designers have the chance to let their creativity shine with kitchens that address style, budget and functional needs through a variety of surfacing options. On this and the next eight pages, KBDN highlights a collec- tion of kitchen projects showcasing a wide variety of surfacing materials, employed to maximize function while adding plenty of 'wow power' to the space. ▪ LISA BELL, INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA BELL DESIGN GROUP — LA HABRA, CA Dekton Aura (island, perimeter) As soon as Bell saw the concrete walls in this Bel Air kitchen, she knew exactly what other materials and elements should be in- cluded in the space. For one, the countertops had to be a modern version of a classic natural stone, thus the selection of Dekton's Aura, which was designed specifically to emulate Calacatta and Carrara marble. Another 'must have' was gloss cabinetry. "I like the idea of the whole blend of the matte finish of the countertop against the gloss cabinetry alongside the rough concrete block," she says, noting an overall design theme of sleek, sexy and modern. "It's a great juxtaposition. All the finishes need- ed to be extremes." Bell also wanted to give the island substance, so she added a thick mitered edge to the nearly 11'x5' island "so it looked like we brought this huge chunk of natural stone up from the canyon and put it in the middle of this contemporary kitchen," she explains. E Photos: Alex Zarour, Virtually Here Studios Category: SINTERED STONE 46 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2019 SURFACING PROFILES

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