Collaberating with Judi Green of JUDI GREEN DESIGNS, Huntington, New York, to create a kitchen for this home was a joy. The home owners, Jan and Dave, have been collecting art and distinctive furnishings for many years. It is displayed throughout the home and the kitchen was to be no exception. The kitchen had to serve as a quiet backdrop to the collections of copper and ceramics and the handpainted tiles the clients had collected on various European excursions. I created a floorplan for the room from a purely functional standpoint, using simple maple cabinetry with clean lines, allowing Judi to create focal points with the color and texture of the floor, accessories and wall tiles. The result is a fabulous feast for the eyes that functions superbly for creating culinary masterpieces as well.
Amazingly, this entire library was built and prefinished by a “factory custom” cabinet manufacturer some 2000 miles away from it’s suburban New York location. On this project, I was working in the capacity of designer, salesperson and project coordinator at delivery and installation. After the initial approval of the design concept (furniture placement, closed storage capacity, book display, lighting and panel detail), by the homeowners came measuring, measuring and more measuring, as well as tight factory communication and verification. Every piece of millwork floor to ceiling, including window sill and door, had to fit together like a New York Times crossword puzzle. Even the electrical outlet covers were crafted in matching glazed maple wood. We pressed the “factory custom” mentality of Dura Supreme Cabinets to manufacture something special for us by creating our own custom pieces to coordinate with the facory standards. The result is an American made, warranteed, cost effective piece of design and a happy, relaxed homeowner.
The coordination of audio-visual equiptment to be integrated into a “smart house” system requires some serious forethought as well as good communication by all represented parties. Aside from the components there was also a massive amount of programming to create the full experience desired by the client. To do justice to this commitment, the cabinetry, or in this case, built in furniture, had to be beautiful, practical and versatile. Working with size, weight, wiring and ventilation requirements for the various components involved, this media center was designed to hold the audio-visual “rack system”, (with two empty spots for future technological advances), speakers, cd’s and dvd’s, games and controllers, and display space with room to spare for other storage. The clean lines and glazed maple wood give this family room warmth and style as well as fantastic storage so it always looks clutter free.