Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2019

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MEGAN DENT, AKBD MINGLE — PLYMOUTH, MN Vicostone Calacatta (island) Vicostone Super White (perimeter) Many of the kitchens Dent currently designs feature quartz as their countertop, in part because of its ease of maintenance. While these clients appreciated that benefit, the aesthetics of Vicostone's Calacatta and Super White quartz also played into the decision. "This island is a showstopper," she says. "Designed to repli- cate natural stone, it has a lot of great movement, which is what many people seem to be drawn to now. "It also has quite a few colors, including gray and even a subtle tinge of green, that add warmth," she continues. "That is important because, in this kitchen, there are a lot of windows. In the winter, it can be cold and gray outside, which creates a cooler palette inside, so it was important to add some warmth to what my clients see through those windows in the winter." Dent complemented the Calacatta-topped island with Super White for the kitchen's perimeter. "A combination of two different designs, and even two different materials, has been a trend for quite some time now," she says. "Typically, the perimeter is where someone might keep jars, mini appliances or even knife blocks, so it's nice to keep that area neutral and simple. However, an island is where a lot of people gather, so it's a great place for a really pretty design." JOYCE ZUELKE, CKD GENEVA CABINET COMPANY LAKE GENEVA, WI Cambria Ella quartz (island) Material choices are often dependent on many different consid- erations. But in this kitchen, Zuelke had the added challenge of designing a new island to coordinate with the existing perimeter cabinetry and countertops, which didn't need to be replaced given that the home was only five years old. "The previous island was quite small and they wanted some- thing larger with seating," she says, noting that a breakfast table was also removed to create enough space. Because the homeowners have three small children who would use the island as a workstation, they wanted a low-main- tenance countertop material. As such, they chose Cambria's Ella quartz, which features a relatively subtle marbled background. It is also available in extra-large sizes, thereby eliminating the need for any seams. "They wanted something that wouldn't clash with the busy granite on the perimeter," Zuelke says, adding that it also coordi- nates with the island's cherry cabinet base, which features a Bark stain and black glaze. Because of the island's size, the designer included a 6cm edge to set the island apart and give it a heavier, more substan- tial look. Adding a trio of pendant lights and a ceiling treatment that echoes the colors of the island base helps complete the space. Photo: Scott Amundson Photo: Shanna Wolf Photography March 2019 • 51

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