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MAY 2018

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'ART' MAKES THE KITCHEN Multiple focal point elements vie for attention in this kitchen designed by Helgeson (see photos, Pages 52-53), but the most prominent is the custom ventilation hood that stands front and center along the cooking wall. Its traditional shape is craft- ed from bookmatched and clear-coated walnut. "I didn't want to do a full white kitchen, so being able to mix in that beautiful walnut was super exciting," she says. "The wood is art in itself ! In part, it's what makes this kitchen." Helgeson complemented the hood and cooking wall with secondary focal-point walnut elements, including a custom hutch that is balanced by a set of wall and base cabinets. She also carried the wood onto an adjacent wall, where she added floating shelves to the 'sports bar.' Supporting elements within the space include brass hard- ware as well as plumbing and lighting fixtures, such as the dual chandeliers in the skylights. "I hand-painted the chande- liers to match the plumbing fixtures," she says, noting that the custom powder-coated stools also repeat the brass tones. The entire cook- ing wall becomes an attention grabber in this transitional kosher kitchen, where design- ers at Signature Interior Designs contrasted the non-directional stain- less steel ventilation hood with mirrored backsplash tile. The hood's navy-colored surround matches the base cabinets, island, custom hutch and refrigerator panels, and is repeated in the interiors of the glass- front cabinets that frame the hood. Designers at Signature Interior Designs created this contemporary kitchen with interest from any viewing angle. The primary entrance is between the refrigerator and custom bar hutch, so the sink area becomes a focal point. It showcases a gorgeous view and includes dual sinks and sculpted Macas- sar ebony veneer base cabinet doors with a polished chrome surround. Namibia marble tops both islands as well as the perime- ters. "It's a super standout material with its white undertones and creamy veins," the designer notes. Dual islands achieve function and form, with the larger island serving as the workhorse area of the space by offering an abundance of storage as well serving as home to multiple appliances. The smaller island anchors the husband's sports bar. REFLECTIVE FOCAL POINTS The entire cooking wall solicits attention in this transition- al kosher kitchen, where designer Minda Baez, v.p./design principal, Signature Interior Designs, juxtaposed the non-di- rectional stainless steel Modern-Aire ventilation hood against mirrored backsplash tile (see photos, above). Baez framed the hood with a navy-colored surround that matches the base cabinets, island, custom hutch and refrig- erator panel, the latter of which is accented with antiqued mirrored glass inserts. She also repeated the dark hue in the Photos: Jenn LaMariana Photo: Jayd Jackson 54 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 FOCAL POINTS Continued

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