Kitchens of the Year 2012: Simmering Style

Tour six award-winning kitchens that blend bold design with top-shelf technology

Text: Liz Miller
Photos: Alise O'Brien
January/February 2012
Modern Minimalist
Platinum Winner, Less than 250 square feet: Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths
The cool, lustrous color palette sets the mood for this contemporary kitchen, which epitomizes symmetry, high-contrast and sophistication. The black walnut cabinetry plays nicely against the stainless steel appliances, and touches of drama, such as the mosaic tile backsplash, keep the space from feeling cold. For the team at Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths, balance was essential when designing the kitchen. Placing stainless steel doors above the double ovens created a tower of stainless steel, offsetting the stainless steel refrigerator anchoring the other end of the wall. This focus on symmetry and structure can also be seen in the two curved islands, which provide excellent traffic flow, as well as unexpected dimension and design in an otherwise very linear kitchen. 
Photography by Alise O'Brien
Krug Construction, James Howard, kitchen designer, Premier Custom Built Cabinetry, Sub Zero, Kashmir, Wolf, Roth Distributing, Miele, Elkay, Hansgrohe
Fresh Farmhouse
Gold Winner, Less than 250 square feet Gegg Design & Cabinetry
Updating the kitchen in a 100-year-old home to reflect its heritage, while also integrating top-of-the-line technology, is no easy feat, but it’s one that Gegg Design & Cabinetry expertly accomplished. A renovation removed a small addition and chimney, giving designers more room to let the kitchen breathe. The white, flush-inset cabinetry was designed to mimic the era and feel of the classic shake-shingle home, as were the two polished nickel light fixtures hanging above the island. To add warmth to the room, designers chose mahogany plank wood countertops that create stark contrast with the light, bright kitchen. The English-made fireclay apron sink, polished nickel bridge faucet and glass mullion cabinet doors all stir a sense of nostalgia, while the state-of-the-art appliances keep the kitchen current. Blending vintage elements with a modern, highly functional flow makes this a space to savor. 
Photography provided by Gegg Design & Cabinetry
 Gegg Design and Cabinetry, Triumph Construction, Tom Walker, 314-330-5850
Provencal Panache
Platinum Winner, 250-400 square feet: brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths
When the designers at brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths began overhauling this 15-year-old home’s kitchen, it had a dysfunctional floor plan and deteriorating builder-quality cabinets. While the space was large, it was poorly used and lived small. One of the biggest considerations during the planning stages was that this needed to be a kid-friendly space for a young family with five children and two dogs. The new direction resulted in a rustic, French country style kitchen with a family-oriented focus. Island seating for more than five gives the kids a place to sit while meals are being prepared, and the natural stone countertops are as childproof and marker-proof as they are sophisticated. The island’s suede chocolate-brown countertop also protects it from even the worst spill or Arts and Crafts mishap. 
Photography by Anne Matheis
Chris Berry, 314-872-7720, Sub-Zero, Cooktop, Ovens, Microwave drawer: Wolf, Dishwasher: Asko, Dishwasher drawers: Fisher Paykel, Icemaker and Refrigerator Drawers: Sub-Zero, Sinks: Blanco, Faucetry: Waterstone
Sleek Sophistication
Gold Winner, 250-400 square feet: Elements Interiors, LLC
At the beginning of this project, the designers at Elements Interiors, LLC, were asked to simply remove the wall separating the living room and kitchen so that the homeowners could entertain more easily. That clear-cut request, though, would soon grow into a full-blown kitchen makeover. The first step for the designers was creating a seamless flow between the kitchen and the living room, which involved removing a wall, upper cabinets, and overhead ventilation, and camouflaging appliances without sacrificing storage space. To gain efficient, stylish storage, the designers chose pullout shelves and drawers built into the walls, with 57-inch sliding glass doors on European stainless steel hardware. Zebrawood imported from New York was selected for the cabinets and island to warm up the black and white space, and custom fabricated metal countertops helped retain its modern, sophisticated style. Keeping in line with the minimalist theme, a downdraft stove was chosen, as it eliminated the need for a bulky overhead ventilation system. Although still not a large kitchen, much visual space was gained by removing upper cabinets and taking down the wall. The radiant, bright white cabinetry and the beautifully textured zebrawood create an open, high-contrast kitchen replete with contemporary style. 
Photography by Rob Grimm
Tricia Falmer Kleinheider, Elements Interiors, LLC, 636-262-1266, Roberts Plywood, zebrawood, County Glass, Kirkwood, Slyman Brothers, Jennair appliances, Jeff Kleinheider, cabinetry, BM Marble and Granite, granite, Sherwin-Williams, spreadstone flooring
Loft-Style Luxury
Platinum Winner, More than 400 square feet: Arcterior Design, LLC
Located in the center of the house, this kitchen is truly the heart of this home. The design team at Arcterior Design, LLC, kept this in mind when renovating the kitchen, choosing a color palette that blends with other finishes used throughout the house. Another key element of this kitchen’s design was complementing the stunning architecture of the newly renovated home. A combination of dark walnut cabinet drawers and a lighter stain on the maple cabinets adds a modern edge, and accentuates the owners’ collection of African art. While color choices and nods to the home's architecture made the kitchen feel fluid, details, including the suspended, curved ceiling mirroring the curved island below, clearly set the kitchen apart from other rooms. This design also evokes an intimate feel in the cooking area and creates a focal point in this otherwise very open space. The breakfast bar offers additional seating, while the expanded butler’s pantry doubles as a functional dining room, wine bar and daily food storage. To incorporate natural light into the corridor, a small prep area was built at an existing window. The cozy, three-sided built-in banquette seating was designed to accommodate more than 10 people for casual dining. 
Photography by Alise O'Brien
 Caryn Burstein, Arcterior Design LLC, 314-395-9121, Access Lighting, lighting pendant, Aceray, side chairs, Arcterior Design, custom kitchen table and kitchen cabinetry, Laurey and Hafele cabinet hardware, Walker Zanger and Mandela, backsplash tile, Hallmark Stone, absolute black granite counters, Nuevo, bar stools, Swanstone, sink, Kohler, faucet
Top Chef Chic
Gold Winner, More than 400 square feet: Herzog Kitchen & Bath
Every kitchen is built for cooking, but that doesn’t necessarily mean each one is a cook’s kitchen. Building a home kitchen fit for a chef is exactly what Herzog Kitchen & Bath was tasked with for this project, and that’s exactly what they created. The priorities for this kitchen were cooking performance and that it be an easy entertaining space, which was achieved with professional-grade appliances and ample seating. This mammoth 1500-square-foot space seats 27, and keeps guests out of cooking and prep zones with artful design. Although this contemporary kitchen is sleek, it still feels inviting, thanks to the warm exotic wood and high-gloss cabinets. Luxury features include a chef’s sink, three full granite slabs with an additional slab for booth seating, customized hoods and the glistening backsplash. An adjoining butler’s pantry outside the kitchen is equipped with a sink, dishwasher, a pantry and storage space so the homeowners can fully enjoy dinner parties and save cleanup for later. 
Photography by Rob Grimm
Elizabeth Kavlock, Herzog, 618-830-3572
Special thanks to the esteemed judges:
Jenny Rausch is a Certified Kitchen Designer and owner of Karr Bick Kitchen and Bath. She is an award-winning designer with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. Jenny received her degree in Textile and Apparel Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a past president of the local chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. 
Gail Doveikis is the owner of G.M. Doveikis & Associates and a member of ASID. Her design firm celebrates its 28th anniversary in April. Gail has participated in numerous designer show houses, and her work has been published locally and nationally. She has been a professional member of ASID since 1979 and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
Laura Neri Baebler has been practicing architecture and design for almost 30 years. She holds a Master's and a B.S. in Architecture and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has won several awards from the American Institute of Architects, of which she is a member. Her 20-year-old firm, LNB Architects, focuses on additions, renovations and adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

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