Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kitchen Design Academy-News Gazette # 40

"During one year alone, you will encounter a few hundred clients and just as many different types of personalities – each of them with their own unique blend of nuances, cultures, and traditions. Probably today the most known and used system of personality assessment is DISC. There are online training Web sites, books, and articles about improving sales by understanding and using DISC; it is a system taught in adult education that deals with human interaction. DISC system of assessing personality characteristics is based upon the work of Dr William Marston, one of the foremost psychologists of the twentieth century, and it is the most widely used and universally accepted (What is DISC? n.d.)."
Excerpt from Module 4-The Client.
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 Christophe Pillet

Born in 1959, he graduated from the Decorative Arts School in Nice in 1985, Master of Domus Academy, Milano, in 1986. He worked with Martine Bedin in Milano during two years (1986-1988). He cooperates with Philippe Starck, in Paris, from 1988 to 1993. Since May 1993, he carries on his free activity. His first furniture where produced by XO in 1991. Opened his own agency in 1993. Elected as « Créateur de l’année 1994 ». He steps in different worlds, like Furniture Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture, for JC Decaux, Trussardi, Moët et Chandon, Lancôme, Ecart International, Shiseido, Bally, l’Oréal, JC Jitrois, Whirlpool, Veuve Clicquot.

Geveva for Rossana

Ca 'D'ORO - classic kitchens
Ca 'd'Oro
In 2006, the Ca 'd'Oro was born from the stories grew in the "kitchen cabinet" and the "classic furniture", with the ambition to build a product "classic and timeless", linked to the wisest Italian tradition, where the art of the ancient woodwork handed down from distant generations. And Ca 'd'Oro handed down these values ??through caring for his choice of solid woods, ash and lime, which are the true soul of every product produced.
Product that expresses its great value through color, finished in the more traditional methods of the past; the use of shellac, lithopone, isinglass and sandarach, essential basic products, allow you to get a good protection and a uniform surface finish. Luciano Dal Bello has drawn and painted collections for the "House of Ca 'd'Oro", a house through the front door of his memories he recounts his own childhood: the colors of nature, the fruit trees, the intense fragrance of the wax bees, the smell of wood furniture coating.
"There is furniture that make you dream and that today there are more, Ca 'd'Oro reconstructs them with infinite care by ensuring fidelity to the timeless values ??to pass them on to people we love."
The "Dogana da Mar" is located at the confluence of the Grand Canal in Venice with the Giudecca Canal. On the site, where once stood a tower embattled, there is now a building over which the two "atlas" in the knee hold up a golden sphere with the above "Statue of Fortune", built in the fifteenth century to receive the ships that landed in Venice. 
Even today, the Grand Canal, the beauty of the buildings look the statue, they give an opportunity to fine details of style, intrinsic of history and knowledge.
Fortuna Gold
Fortuna Gold
Fortuna Gold
Fortuna Gold
Most Serene Republic of Venice was an independent state in ancient Italian history, whose capital was the city of Venice. Also known by the simple name of "Serenissima" or "Republic of St. Mark," was at that time also the capital of art and culture, where artists and artisans cabinetmakers of Europe were to acquire the important knowledge of the manufacture of furniture 'furniture and their decorative techniques.


Between 1768 and 1854 many cabinet-makers from Europe, especially in Veneto, left to the thriving America, to arrive at new workplaces. Many found employment in carpentry Albany and only the best, the real "artists, artisans' kept the passion for their valuable work of cabinetmaker. 
In New York, a city of many opportunities, gave birth to an exclusive school for carpenters. Considered to be the "largest and most capable cabinetmakers Americans," were the first example in history, to give a character to the world of business and proto-industrial furniture and decor.
Park Avenue
Park Avenue
Park Avenue
Park Avenue

The Atomium 3D Food Printer Concept

Each year the Electrolux Design Lab challenges design students all over the world to develop futuristic concepts today. This year they included a "Social Cooking" theme and encouraged designers to solve some of the biggest problems facing modern day families like: tightening schedules, challenging lifestyles, and too many unhealthy food options. One designer, Luiza Silva from Brazil responded in a big way: she came up with the concept for the Atomium 3D Food printer.
The Atomium is designed to build creative looking food shapes out of healthy ingredients. The basic ingredients are loaded into cartridges on the side of the unit and the food is built and cooked at the top. It's interactive too; according to Silva's Electrolux proposal, "The kids show a sketch or an object to create the desired aesthetic meal. Atomium will recognize this object/sketch by scanning it and then print it, choosing molecular ingredients to construct nutritional balance for the user's body, based on the user's medical data. The product uses a finger-digital identification to recognize the user and connect itself with newest personal data, such as medical checkup and daily activities that can influence the nutritional balance of the user's body."
The end result could technically be perfect kid food; entertaining enough for children to eat and based entirely on their identified nutritional needs. Silva's Atomium concept is one of the top twenty ideas still in the running at Electrolux. If she makes it to the top eight, Silva will get a chance to produce a physical model of her design. If she wins, she will receive 5,000 Euro and a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design centre. So far, the feedback for her concept has been positive, though she has not gone into great detail about the printing and scanning capabilities of the unit, or the nuts-and-bolts of how the unit would physically work.
Though the Atomium concept may need more work before it is a viable product, there are already working 3D food printers in use around the world. NASA is investigating whether or not food could be printed in space and speculative designer Susana Soares is printing biscuits out of bug flour. There's even some research going on that may one day allow us to3D print our beef.
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Project Designer—Kim Duffin (CKD) (CBD)

One of Australia’s most awarded Designers , Kim Duffin, has won over 25 regional ,state, National and International Based awards for his designs in the past 7 years. Kim is the creative force behind this innovative company.
It is his experience, design flair and understanding of quality products and materials that result in highly workable, practical and beautifully designed spaces. His ability to customize the space to suit the user’s lifestyle and needs is legendary.
He is not afraid to use unique materials and vibrant colour to create a unique spaces that not only look great but are extremely functional.

Style of Home
•4 bedroom Double Storey Contemporary Queenslander Home in the northern suburbs.
•Chamfer Board exterior with timber windows and doors and a colourbond roof. Slab on ground construction that is approximately 20 years of age.
•Northern aspect from the front of the home with the living areas and outdoor entertaining area at the rear of the home. There is no segregation between kitchen, dining and living room.
Client Brief
•Gain more – bench and storage space.
•Cookbook storage.
•A functional layout that is conducive to activities such as baking and cooking.
•Incorporate a built in Smart Television.
•The design must take into consideration stage two of their renovation which will be the enclosure of the adjoining patio area. It will become the dining and family rooms.
•A splash of colour – match to an existing feature wall in the stairwell and to bring a sense of muted fun to the kitchen space.
•Use a combination of materials to diversify the space.
•Capture the eastern morning sun.
•Bench heights to be positioned at the most agronomical height for the end user.
•Create lighting solutions to enhance the design and usability of the zones within the kitchen and other spaces.
•Create space in the kitchen for informal family dining.
•Existing microwave to be used
•Ceiling fans to be in the kitchen

Upon visiting with the clients it was very clear to see that they needed more bench space, more storage and a better flow than their current kitchen provided.  It was a typical closed in “U” shaped space with a small meals area.  Not an inch of bench could be seen.
With the clients wanting to embark on the full renovation and modernisation of their home, they had decided to tackle the kitchen first.  As in most homes, the kitchen is the hub of the home and for this family that is certainly what the kitchen represents.  They start their day together watching Sunrise, eating breakfast and planning their day.  Then with lunches packed it is out the door.  Through the day Mum is looking online at the latest recipes or ordering groceries with the family regrouping around the kitchen to watch the nightly news over dinner.
Stage two of their planned renovations includes the enclosure of the adjoining patio to become the dining and family room so this gave licence to merging the existing kitchen and meals into one space that would provide a new space that was free from clutter, create a flow and balance in their daily lives.
Every family needs an effective space in the hub of the home as it creates harmony and can help them operate more efficiently as a family.  In this design I have made moving between tasks effortless.  From the conception of what will be served for dinner, which is researched via the designated cookbook storage or via the Smart TV, to selecting the ingredients from the pantry, preparation on the island, cooking then delivery.  The flow created in this design is simple yet effective.
This tech savvy family needed to incorporate their Smart Television into the design.  They use their iphones to drive the TV and use it to find the latest recipes, watch morning or afternoon television, share photographs from their day and catch on current affairs.  The television needed to be in a position that could be easily seen from all areas of the kitchen but not the main feature of the space.  So embedding it in the end wall made it visible yet invisible to those entering the kitchen.
Even though this is the home of a young family, the seamless caesarstone clad island provides an element of sophistication to space.  It provides a strong core to the design and helps encourage flow and simplicity to the user of the space and throughout the space.
The granite table top featured at the end of the island was selected by the clients and provides an informal zone for the family to dine and catch up.  The top is supported by one mirror finished square post.  This mirrored finish gives the illusion that the top is “floating” and keeps the space light and free flowing.   The chairs, I selected to compliment this built in table, also aid in this illusion and do not detract from the lighting under the top and the beauty of the granite.
The credenza was included to provide the family with additional storage for items used in the serving of foods and other ancillary items.  To help tie this furniture piece into the kitchen, I decided to use the front to encourage the colour, Dulux Porpoise Place, to integration fully in the space.  So I designed a graphic that would incorporate this colour yet not be too strong that it would burden the space.  This graphic was   digitally printed onto the frameless glass doors, this design was carefully created and placed to not be interrupted by the finger pull detail required to open the doors.
For easy access to utensils, cutlery and other kitchen items Blum stainless steel soft close drawers and aventos lift system doors to overhead cupboards were used throughout the space.  This feature brings the kitchen to the user and helps create strong horizontal lines.  The clients had a requirement of using their existing microwave, so an aventos lift system door was used to conceal this appliance from view but to give maximum access.
The new galley style design allows for the future inclusion of a newly created dining and family living space.  These additional spaces will be completed in stage two of the renovation so I needed to envisage how they were going to use and the ability of the kitchen to service these areas.  The kitchen can be accessed from several directions, and will merge seamlessly with its adjoining spaces.
With the only window to the new space facing south getting natural light was another important function to fulfil in the design. With the back of the kitchen facing east it was important to capture the morning sun for as long as possible.  There was a small existing window, awkwardly placed in the back wall of the existing space, so after consultation with an engineer the window was repositioned and increased in size to provide a portal to the natural light provided by the sun streaming in the morning.  The sun from this direction now floods the kitchen with natural light at a much needed time in the morning.
Environmentally friendly Lighting has been applied extensively throughout the design.  It all starts with the LED cool white strip and downlights run above the overhead cupboards through the kitchen and pantry and under the inbuilt dining table.  Extensive LED downlights are used throughout the kitchen to create adequate task lighting.  I sourced the pendant light hanging over the island bench.  The light was used as it provided both upward accent light and downward task light to the island bench.
Like any renovation, transforming the space is always a given, however creating a place that a busy family can rely on as the point where they all come together and participate in each other lives is the end goal every designer dreams of.  This project provides these opportunities for this family in spades.  They now have a space that is sophisticated, uncluttered and suited to how they enjoy their time together.

Arpa is a catalyst for innovation in the world of interior design, working side by side with its Partners, “co-designing” outstanding “made in Italy” solutions.
Since 1954 Arpa Industriale has been designing and manufacturing panels with high quality HPL technology for the most diverse applications: from architecture to interior design, from healthcare to shipyards, from transport to hospitality, from retail to kitchens. It offers a vast range of choices of products, extremely varied in both structure and appearance. Arpa HPL are produced at the 150,000 sqm plant in Bra, Piedmont, with all the expression of lively and original creativity that the  “made in Italy” label stands for. The over 50 years of investment in research & technology and staff training have enabled Arpa to gain a leading position on the international markets and a reputation for great reliability: it is an industrial firm that stands out for the expertise of staff, the quality and variety of what it offers, its manufacturing flexibility and its range of services.


A wide and flexible selection of HPL products

The Arpa General collection offers:
- three main types of HPL products: ThinThin Special and Solid;
- a rich and powerful range of decor families: from vivid and lively plain colours
up to stone, wood, metal and other materic elements;
- a vast selection of surface finishes;
- two collections of Thin and Solid HPL for interior design applications with a
fast delivery programme: Arpa for You (Thin HPL) and Athlon (Solid HPL);
- one collection for the North American market: Arpa for Americas;
- one collection of the UK market: Arpa for UK;
- special properties on demand: Fire retardant and Silverlam antibacterial
- custom-made solutions on demand: Digital Transfer and Cut-to-Size
Always sensitive to interior design new trends, Arpa Lab enriched with new proposals to its already wide range of finishes. Here are the presents its latest and most innovative ones.
A new finish designed to highlight the touch of wood. The natural feeling of the texture is inspired by the ancient forest of Alevè, in Piedmont, Italy.


The timeless appeal of the lunar landscape. A brand new finish dedicated to worktops, with impressive depth and a strong tactile experience.


Longitudinal irregular striations to highlight the touch of wood for a very natural style effect.


An innovative finish which enhances decorative matter invoking the natural effect of
quartz release in cut stone.
A classic and elegant finish. Soft and irregular light patterns are reflected on the surface whilst the light embossing appeals to touch, use and living.
The warmth of material, a soft finishing touch to kitchen surfaces. A timeless classic for modern designs.
Delicate coral embossing provides relief to uniform surfaces and gives rhythm to decor colors, alternating shiny and opaque finishes harmoniously.
Bare and clean as a debarked tree. Solid, familiar and reassuring, this finish offers a rugged texture reminiscent of tree trunk and exudes the ambience of a natural environment.
A finish with a texture of broad, irregular striations that is ideal for creating sophisticated interiors, compatible with every style of furnishing.
Arpa products:solid core white, Venue UK, Year, 2010
Elevators for Amsterdam UniversityArpa products: customized digital printing and standard 0670 lucido, Venue: Amsterdam, NL, Year 2008

Designed to “disappear,” the cabinets and appliances of this kitchen in the Hamptons are all clad in the same pickled white oak
 Ha Ha Ha!

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