Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2018

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Today's modern kitchen and bath showrooms are looking and feeling more like actual residential living environments than places to shop. BY KIM BERNDTSON Home Away from Home t used to be when people visited a kitchen and bath showroom, they knew exactly where they were, identified in large part by the array of samples scattered about for everything from cabinetry and countertops to backsplashes, hardware and more. But these days, showrooms tend to be much more sophis- ticated and inspirational. Kitchens and bathroom displays are designed and styled to look like actual kitchens and baths one would find in a home environment. In fact, given the popu- larity of fully functioning displays, it's often difficult to make the distinction. Coupled with a trend toward including lounge areas and living rooms, as well as closets and laundry and mudrooms, visitors may just be tempted to move right in. This month, KBDN asked designers to share their show- rooms and what makes them special. GERMAN KITCHEN CENTER 18 locations nationwide With 18 showrooms across the country – including multiple locations in New York as well as in Greenwich, CT; Washington DC; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO, and Seattle, WA – German Kitchen Center brings European kitchen style to the U.S. in a big way, according Mayan Metzler, owner/CEO. The locations highlight multiple brands of kitchen cabinetry, as well as closet systems, in spaces that range from a relatively petite 1,500 to an expansive 10,000 square feet. "We offer multiple brands to cater the right product to each project in terms of style and price point," he says. Displays are designed to 'wow' with beauty and function in mind, with the latter being showcased in appliances that are I Photos: Harald Schreiber 42 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2018 SHOWROOM PORTFOLIO

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