May 3, 2017

Clarke’s Top 10 Monthly Kitchens

Marie KEnnedy

At Clarke, we are always interested to see the innovative use of Sub-Zero, Wolf and ASKO, whether they are brought front and center with gleaming stainless, signature red knobs and multiple ovens or deftly integrated behind surfaces that make the appliances disappear into a room that is more furniture than traditional kitchen. Take a look for yourself…

When Designer Sara Iborra of The Kitchen Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, began this project, she knew she was designing for a family who loved to cook together and their first request was for more counter space where they could prepare their “from scratch” meals. Sub-Zero and Wolf helped to accomplish the family’s desire for a refrigerator you could easily see inside without opening it and a large range to accommodate multiple dishes at the same time. The Wolf Convection Steam Oven was tucked under the counter to be accessible to younger cooks who helped with breads and cookies and love to see them baking right before their eyes. The final result is not only functional and beautiful, but also exudes a comfort and congeniality that exudes “family.”

Designer Janet Hesselschwerdt of Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops in Norwood, MA shows a clean, expansive take on a traditional kitchen in this new construction home in Westwood, MA. Combining Metropolitan’s ShowHouse design in Frosty White, coupled with ShowHouse in Cadet Grey on the island cabinets, the subtle combination ties together beautifully, topped off by Berwyn Cambria quartz countertops. While the cabinetry beautifully wraps all surfaces, including the Sub-Zero refrigerator and custom hood, the Wolf Range, with its iconic red knobs is a focal point at the far end of this kitchen.

Creating spaces that feel like they’ve been there forever is a hallmark of David Sharff Architect in Medfield, MA. This renovation and expansion of a 1779 Colonial was an exciting challenge in melding the old and new. Creating a large, functional kitchen for a family of five, with three young girls who love to bake, was the goal for NKBA Member and Project Coordinator Jill Breed. The tasteful design of two islands, Sub-Zero Integrated Refrigerator Drawers and Wolf Double Wall Ovens, allows everyone to work in their own space. The 48″ Wolf Rangetop provides ample cooking space, along with the 48″ Sub-Zero Side-by-Side for serious refrigeration. Beautiful touches such as a dark wood countertop and stools, elegant chandeliers and a lovely adjacent pantry combine for a truly functional, yet elegant space.

This kitchen is a collaborative design from Motif Designers Martha Gargano, Karen Sciascia, Sandy Kennedy, and Linda Sciascia. The homeowners were looking for a clean, transitional feel for the kitchen in their new construction home. The space needed to function for everyday cooking, as well as a space for caterers, as the couple has a great love of entertaining. An elegant dark stained wood was chosen for cabinetry. Calacatta Gold Marble counters compliment the cabinetry and stainless Wolf appliances. Integrated Sub-Zero Freezer and Refrigeration flank the entrance into the pantry. The pantry doors were painted “stainless” to match the appliances. The island features Sub-Zero Integrated Drawers, along with a two-burner Wolf Induction Cooktop. The kitchen lives up to Motif’s claim of providing style without pretense.

In another wonderful expression of design from Designer Jennifer Stuart of Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops we see a remodel that became a beautiful white transitional kitchen in Newton, MA. Metropolitan’s ShowHouse cabinet collection is used in Frost White with a one-inch beaded inset door. The countertops are Caesarstone in Pebble and Calcite in Iceberg. A Wolf Rangetop employs stainless knobs, instead of the iconic red, to blend beautifully with the color palette.

When Vartanian Custom Cabinet’s 99-year-old client decided to build a full-sized replica of Monticello, the 18th century home of Thomas Jefferson, the creation of a modern kitchen to meld with rooms of antiquity and distinction, was a challenge. A devotee of the architectural masterpiece and admirer of Jefferson himself, the client wanted to build his own version of the historic building as part of his legacy and to be an asset to the community. His vision was to create a home that was as historically accurate to the original Monticello as possible on the outside while including all of the amenities in a modern luxury home on the inside. He wanted every inch of his masterpiece to be spectacular, to have character, and to maintain historical integrity, while also being warm and comfortable and possessing the latest and best amenities. Since Jefferson was known for his interest in new cooking technologies at that time, the use of Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances were used to beautifully punctuate the historic space, offering today’s cutting-edge cooking technology.

Haddad Hakansson Design Studio, located in Watertown, MA is known for its award-winning interior design with a keen interest in kitchens and baths. When a young suburban family wanted to maximize space in their kitchen without moving walls or bumping out into the backyard, they relied on the talents of Mark Haddad. Their new kitchen has a feeling of openness and light, while complementing their love of antiques, which are incorporated throughout their home. Storage solutions include a wall of tall cabinets, including an appliance garage with a lift up door and a fully integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator, a newly framed pantry closet and a dry bar – located in a previously empty space – that looks like one of the homeowners’ antique pieces. While the Wolf Induction Range is sleek and ultra modern, it also recedes, allowing the dramatic antiqued hood in a blackened steel finish to serve as a focal point.

The transformation of a Chestnut Hill home is the setting for Marie Kennedy’s kitchen design from Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops. The homeowners wanted a contemporary aesthetic and envisioned a sleek and modern feel for their kitchen. Kennedy used a high-gloss white ShowHouse Premoule slad door to achieve the light and airy feel, complemented by a pure white quartzite on the perimeter countertops. The kitchen employs flip-up doors on all of the upper wall cabinets and pop-up doors on the lower areas. This allowed for doors to be opened without protruding into the space and obstructing the homeowner while she worked. The large island, which is over eight feet long, is done in Super White Quartzite with a waterfall edge on both left and right for a dramatic, uninterrupted workspace. A striking backsplash and lighting complete the picture.

Lee Kimball has a unique reputation for getting jobs done well (and beautifully) in downtown Boston, where regulations and delivery of building materials can be a challenge. This condo transformation, updating areas that hadn’t been touched in 30 years, included a stunning kitchen that is open to the classic living room and a city view that is magnificent. The statement is transitional, bringing in classic white, stainless steel, understated lighting and beautiful quartzite countertops that add movement reminiscent of the water view beyond.

Kitchen and Bath Details in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, is known as a one-stop shop for Cape Cod homeowners looking for everything from fine cabinetry and luxurious appliances to plumbing fixtures and decorative hardware. Co-owner Jill Muldoon joyfully helped homeowners with this new construction waterfront home. Knowing they were entertainers, Muldoon worked to create the space they envisioned as their new kitchen utilizing Plain & Fancy cabinetry. A large island is center stage, along with a 48″ Sub-Zero, which was a special request by this vegan homeowner who wanted space and excellent refrigeration to properly store her produce. Muldoon used stainless knobs for the first time on this Wolf Range and feels they look just as stunning as the iconic red.

Congratulations to those featured in the Top 10 Design Showcase this month.

How do you make the Top 10 Design Showcase?

We invite you to submit as often as you’d like. Your kitchen design submission must incorporate primarily Sub Zero refrigeration and Wolf cooking appliances. You must submit 3-4 high-resolution, professional-quality photos of your completed kitchen project. All submissions must include your company bio or description, as well as a short summary of your design.