Sunday, September 15, 2013

Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette #14


We welcome our new board of advisors member , Mark Graham.  Mark has extensive experience in lecturing  and designing kitchens and bathrooms. He worked for prestigious companies such as Vitra, Aero, Habitat, Matisse. We look forward to his input in our programe.

We offer 30% off from the enrollment fees for the rest of the year. Never too late to enroll, there two more starting dates : 7th of October and 4th of November.
Ask here for an enrollment form.

Designer Profile

Paolo Piva

Born in Adria March 13, 1950. In 1968 he began his studies at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Venice and is involved in research in the 
visual field .Participate in solo and group exhibitions. In 1970 he collaborated on the project for the competition "WIG 74" on behalf of the City of Vienna and the competition for a monument for city of Modena. He attended the International University of Art in Venice. In 1970 he is in charge of industrial design. He was invited to Internazionalen Malerwochen Retzhof-in Graz (Austria). In 1973 he studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Venice with prof. Shoe and graduated with a thesis, coordinated by prof. Tafuri, of Vienna from 1918 to 1934. In 1975 he worked with the Institute of History and Architecture of Venice and the Akademie für Kunst in Vienna Angewandten the creation of a grandemostra Vienna on the socialist period. This research will result in 1980 in the exhibition request by the municipality of Rome "Red Vienna". With Tafuri curating book-catalog of the exhibition and set out. In 1980 he designed the Embassy of Kuwait in Kuwait and Qatar in Italia alcune architectures. In 1981 he designed the layout of some chain clothing stores. In 1983 he was invited to a series of lectures to the PDC in Los Angeles for the contest of ideas for the renovation of the "Lingotto FIAT" of Turin. In 1985 he designed the renovation of the headquarters of the "C.Jourdan" in Paris. In 1986 he designed the renovation of "Palazzo Remer" in Venice. In 1987 he reported to the XIII Premio Compasso d'Oro. Since 1988 is professore associated Akademie für Kunst in Vienna Angewandten where since 1991 he is full professor.
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Paolo Piva & CR & S Varenna (2003)
(for Poliform Varenna)

The primary form. Rigorous design for a new definition of the kitchen. A project by Paolo Piva formal connotation "minimal": to convert every practical unit into sheer design, essential forms, maintaining the highest operational capacity. 

The aesthetic concept of Alea is linked to the strong prominence which singles out every composition, every element, and which is at times an edge frame structure. Containers, work plans, operational areas to the wall or island become real "solid" geometric surfaces which enhance the individual materials. In any Alea detail brings out the design of "shaping" a new concept of the kitchen.- 

Company profile

Poliform Varena

Poliform was founded in 1970, evolution of an artisan born in 1942. From the beginning the company expresses a strong industrial concept: its aim is to exploit the full potential of a serial production and engineered, paying constant attention to changes in the market, which is becoming increasingly global. During the years , the range of Poliform retains a distinctive element of the close link with the contemporary, showing a deep ability to grasp the needs and tastes of a diverse audience and international level, and to anticipate and interpret the trends of living. Poliform The collection includes systems and furnishings for every area of the house: bookcases, cabinets, wardrobes and beds. In 1996 he joins the company structure Varenna brand, dedicated exclusively to the production kitchens. 2006 is the year of their first collection of upholstered furniture company. One of the key elements that have allowed the growth and success of Poliform is creative in the contribution of many prestigious designers that have collaborated and collaborates with the ' company, internationally renowned architects such as Marcel Wanders, Carlo Colombo, Vincent Van Duysen, Paolo Piva, Paola Navone, Studio Kairos, Roberto Barbieri Roberto Lazzeroni. Poliform dedicates its creative and productive resources also to the activity, parallel and complementary, the large international supplies. May include important achievements of the highest standard, such as London's West End Quay, the AOL Time Warner Center in New York, the rooms of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock and the Palmolive Building in Chicago.
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Poliform has following kitchen collections:
Artex,Kyton,Twelve,Matrix,Alea,Minimal,Minimal Two,My Planet-


This week product

Gota Dishwasher Is Designed to Recycle Water

Eco-Friendly Mini Appliances

Designer Ibsen Caldas has designed the Gota, a nifty little dishwasher that can fit on any tabletop. It may have the look of an alien spaceship, but the sleek design is certainly an upgrade from most tabletop dishwashers. More importantly, this little device conserves water by recycling pre-wash water for use in later cycles.
Eco-Friendly Mini Appliances
Eco-Friendly Mini Appliances
Implications - The way the Gota works is by steaming the dishes in the pre-wash cycle and then using its own recycling method to use up the residual H2O left from the steam. The body of the dishwasher is made out of ABS polycarbonate and will last the owner plenty of years. This eco-friendly method is not only great for the environment, but also great for your hydro bill!

Strength of purpose

Kitchen designer : Keith Sheedy, Focal Kitchens (Armadale, Vic)
Cabinetry : Stained oak veneer; two-pack polyurethane in White
Cabinetry hardware : Blum
Storage systems : Kesseböhmer
Benchtops and splashback : Custom in stainless steel and marble

When a kitchen is located near the middle of an interior, well away from the windows, finding ways to lighten the space is important. And if the owner is a professional caterer the need is even greater.
This was the scenario when designer Keith Sheedy came to this kitchen project. The long warehouse space was flooded with light at one end but the central kitchen was too small and too dark. This was partly due to the choice of blackbutt for the walls as well as the floors, says Sheedy.

"First, we stripped out the old kitchen and a media room – repurposing the latter volume to add a spacious new scullery and a walk-in cool room.
"To lighten the area, I had the ceiling and walls painted white and added cabinets and solid marble benchtops in the same tone. The grey-veined stone picks up the white of the main cabinetry and connects with the stained oak veneer of the tall wall cabinets and the under-bench island cabinetry."

Stainless steel was used for its light-reflecting properties and its durability on the rear benchtop and for the toekicks, says the designer.

Several aspects of the new kitchen were led by the owner's professional needs. As she can be preparing meals for up to 50 people at a time, and at speed, plenty of foot room and bench space were required.
"The walk-in scullery offers valuable storage and generous work surfaces," says Sheedy. "And a cool room brings the added flexibility that's essential when catering for groups, large and small."
Every aspect of the kitchen has to stand up to frequent prolonged use. Sheedy had the stainless steel benchtop and cooktop welded together in Italy, ensuring the trivets are flush with the work surface. This clean look is continued with an integrated rangehood under the upper cabinetry.
The kitchen also had to blend with the living area in aesthetic terms, says Sheedy.

Story by Charles Moxham
Photography by Andrew Ashton


Schaub & Company-USA

1998 - Founders, Bob and Marcia Schaub started Schaub & Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Having worked in the cabinet hardware industry for many years, the Schaubs saw a need for a different kind of company, one focused on service, availability, quality, and unique designs.

The service of the company was based on a small family of employees who knew every product and could quickly help any customer. Further, those products were (and are) available to customers in a timely manner. Schaub cabinet hardware products have a quick turnaround from order to shipping and delivery. And each product is the highest of quality in design and manufacturing.

2006 - The drive to constantly create and design beautiful hardware is what led Schaub & Company to release the Symphony line. Symphony was unlike anything the cabinet hardware industry had seen in generations. The designs were bold and beautiful with aspects like precious inlays and intricate details. The Symphony line continues to be the most imaginative hardware in the market.

2010 - Brought another new partnership for Schaub with ASSA ABLOY. ASSA ABLOY has been the leader in door opening solutions for many years and provided Schaub & Company the opportunity to grow and reach more people with their designs. The partnership was a natural step and Schaub & Company continues to strive to create the best products for its customers. ASSA ABLOY is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and has extensive operations worldwide. Schaub has affiliated companies in the U.S. including Emtek, Sargent, Medeco, Arrow, Curries, McKinney, Securitron, H.E.S., Graham, Yale, Corbin-Russwin, Rixson, Norton, Folger-Adams, PEMKO and Adams Rite.

Schaub & Company continues to introduce new designs and finishes to its collections and remains a leader in the industry for its quality products and service.

For the sleek look, for integrating pop art graphics onto unit's doors, for the contrast between gloss surfaces and colorful accents.

roomenvy - sleek modern kitchen

As usual we are speechless by the free wonder of designer's imagination. 


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