Archive for the 'Kitchens' Category

NanaWall takes Fivecat Studio to Vegas

KBIS, the premier Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, is happening in Las Vegas as of this writing.

This year, our favorite exterior folding partition company, NanaWall took Fivecat Studio with them to the big show. Check out the latest NanaWall Press Release regarding “transitional kitchens”, featuring our very own Marissa’s Kitchen project.

Architectural Digest Home Show 2011

I was lucky enough to spend the day in NYC at the Architectural Digest Home Show at Pier 94. It was almost 75 degrees out on the pier, so it could not have been a better day to play hooky from the studio.

These World War II Naval Observation Binoculars were very cool. Mostly salvaged from German and Japanese ship yards, the artist dismantled them, removed the camo paint, restored the optics and polished them to perfection. Prices ranged from $15,000 to $60,000.

I love the work of Art Donovan. This piece is from his Steampunk Collection.

I stopped by for a visit to my friends at Crown Point Cabinetry. Check out their website. They are offering several new designs.

My friend, Susan Serra, CKD, launched her new kitchen furniture company, Bornholm, at the show. The pieces look as good live, as they do on the website.

It was great to finally meet Susan in person. We’ve been blogging friends for years, but haven’t met until today. The Internet is truly an amazing thing.

I shared more of my favorites from the show on Twitter. Check out my tweet stream here.

Bornholm Kitchen

Bornholm Kitchen is launching this week at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. I have known the company’s founder, Susan Serra, a.k.a. The Kitchen Designer, since 2007 when we went head-to-head, Kitchen Designer vs. Architect (boy, did we get some heated comments on that blog post).

Since that time, Susan’s been working on developing a new company that does kitchens differently; “warmly modern, with great social skills”. This week, she has most certainly succeeded.

From Bornholm Kitchen:

BORNHOLM IS A MAGICAL PLACE.  A small island off the coast of Denmark, Bornholm, its architecture and its interiors are the epitome of classic Scandinavian style. The landscape and design aesthetic are, at once: rugged, soft, clean, simple, fresh and so very green. Bornholm Kitchen is an expression of Bornholm, the island’s point of view.

Strong and sturdy construction details create the legacy and determine the longevity of a Bornholm Kitchen. Natural, high quality wood species and oil finishes add uncompromising beauty. Bornholm Kitchen is proudly American made.

Bornholm is designed to be a flexible collection of kitchen and bath furniture. It can be customized as required. The collection is seamlessly interpreted in any theme or style, transitioning between open spaces with ease.

Susan Serra & Kelly Serra Donovan
Founders of Bornholm Kitchen

Made in America.
Inspired by the spirit of our ancestors’ birthplace.

Congratulations Susan! From Fivecat Studio, I wish you the very best with your new endeavor.

Crown Point Cabinetry… Again

Looks like we’re going to be installing another Crown Point kitchen.

One of our first and finest clients invited us back again to renovate a couple of bathrooms and fit out a new kitchen. We shopped around for the best value and Crown Point won hands down. Being located in New Hampshire and bypassing the expense of the dealer/showroom business model allows them to offer full custom cabinetry at very competitive prices.

We’ve worked with Crown Point several times throughout the past ten years. Their quality workmanship is top notch and their customer service is second to none.

Crown Point is best known for their traditional style cabinetry. Even This Old House installed a Crown Point kitchen in their latest TV project house. Today, Crown Point posted a few photos of a contemporary style kitchen they just completed. So, even if you’re looking for cabinets with more modern lines, Crown Point should be on your list.

New NYC Flagship Store for Waterworks


Waterworks, known for its’ unrivaled quality and luxurious bath experiences, is moving its New York flagship showroom—set to open early 2010.

Located at East 215 58th Street, around the corner from the famed D&D Building, the two-story, 8,000-square-foot space will feature the brand’s iconic bath fixtures, fittings, surfaces and bath furnishings. The showroom will showcase inspirational vignettes and the essential tools for specifying great bathrooms.

“We are excited for the opportunity to fully update all aspects of our product presentation in support of our amazing New York clients,” said Peter Sallick, Waterworks CEO. “Working with the New York design community has been one of the primary pillars of our business. Making a further investment in this new showroom is a very positive move for Waterworks.”

The layout of the space, designed by the Waterworks design team, will meld luxury and intimacy to reflect the brand’s philosophy of the bath as a personal space of relaxation.

Co-founded in 1978 by Barbara and Robert Sallick, Waterworks is based firmly upon a foundation and commitment to design excellence. Inspired by the rich history of the European bath, Waterworks has brought impeccable style and artisanal quality craftsmanship to the American bathroom. Each product has a story to tell and is created through a unique collaboration involving designers, craftsmen, artisans and manufacturers. Highly regarded as a premier design resource, its exclusive designs now encompass bath and kitchen faucets, surfaces, bathtubs, washstands, accessories, home furnishings and more. Waterworks showrooms can be found in 15 locations across the country.

Westchester Home Magazine’s Great Kitchens Contest

A few months back, Westchester Magazine editor Nancy Claus invited me to be a panelist for their Great Kitchen Contest. All the finalists are published in the current issue of Westchester Home Magazine and can be found online here. Enjoy…

Great Westchester Kitchens

I enjoyed my afternoon at the offices of Westchester Magazine today. Nancy Claus and Esther Davidowitz invited Kim Freeman, Phyllis Harbinger and me to join them and Halina Sabath, Westchester Home Magazine’s Creative Director, to judge their 2009 Great Kitchen Contest. We were presented with a wonderful selection of entries from all over the county; a broad range of styles from sleek modern to very traditional… and many in between. The winners are very special spaces and I look forward to seeing them published in an upcoming issue of Westchester Magazine.

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