Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2015

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22 | Kitchen & Bath Design News | March 2015 By Andrea Girolamo Winners Circle BEST KITCHEN Taking the frst place award in the Large Kitchen Category, designer Brigitte Fabi, CMKBD, of Glen Ellyn, IL-based Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio also took home the overall Best Kitchen award for this heavily Moroc- can-infuenced kitchen. A love of art inspired the room, which was crafted around an antique door that the homeowners brought back from a trip to Marrakech. But the kitchen wasn't meant to be just a showpiece; it had to have func- tionality for a couple with a love of cooking. In addition to the carefully crafted aesthetics, Fabi was tasked with creating visually interesting and easily accessible storage for myriad small appliances for her cli- ents, including space for a toaster, blender, rice cooker, food processor and cofee maker. Custom touches defne the space, starting with the structural elements. Several walls were removed and a 10' custom steel I-beam was fabricated and installed to allow for the open- plan concept the clients desired. Custom veneer panels create a ban- quette for family seating. A 2-1/2" thick ThinkGlass bar top was fabri- cated and includes custom handmade bar supports and polished nickel stand-ofs. An impressive Moorish arch was created using a laser cut of the shape, covered with a vein-cut marble. A custom walnut border lines its edges, with a custom vent hood positioned in the middle, resulting in a bold focal point. State of the art appliances dot the space, including a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, microwave, steamer, warming drawer and range from Wolf; a Sub-Zero refrigerator with integrated hand-etched glass panels, and a custom ventilation hood with a blower from Best by Broan. Top 2015 Design Champs Win With Bold Strokes The National Kitchen & Bath Association's 2015 Design Competition awarded top honors to bold, brilliant designs in every category. This month, KBDN is spotlighting the projects that were awarded Best Kitchen and Best Bath Honors as well as the People's Pick Award at a special ceremony held on January 19 at the Tryst Nightclub in the Wynn Hotel during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. A bold, color-rich Moroccan inspiration, Brigitte Fabi's design gathered elements brought back from her clients' travels in the Maghreb with a wealth of textures. Vein-cut marble, custom-etched glass panels on the refrigerator and a laser-cut Moorish arch around the cooktop create plenty of visual interest in the grand, open- plan space. Photos: Eric Hausman

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