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Representative of what’s currently fresh and forward-thinking in kitchen and bath design, there can be seen in the nearly 500 entries received in the 2011 NKBA Design Competition — distinct visual elements and color, unique design detail, personalized products and materials, as well as an architecturally artistic approach to proportion. By Annette Gray

3. The Attributes of Glass Kirsti Wolfe Kirsti Wolfe Designs, Bend, OR

Paula Watts Photography

Glass is shining and glimmering from various spots throughout kitchen and bath designs this year and before. Oregon designer, Kirsti Wolfe brought glass into this design in an integrated and complimenting fashion. Lighted panels of Mica art glass incorporated into the design of the volcanic stainless steel hood along with the window in the door, added not only touches of color, but color in such a way that it conveys the sense of artfulness and creativity behind its presence. The mica art glass is a complimenting accent to the mission style Stickley lamps that are situated in the great room. Glass also shines from behind granite countertops as Wolfe opted for a glass tiled backsplash. This kitchen, which Wolfe describes as Asian-Craftsman with contemporary highlights is a shining example of the use of glass as various components. Here in this space it acts as the pop of color and light against the warmth of wood. It has helped the overall cohesive result, and as glass continues to be used in so many places and spaces, the use of it appears limitless.

4. Freestanding and Angled Tubs Susan J. Klimala, CKD The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn, IL Large freestanding tubs are taking front and center in bathroom design, and in this master bath retreat, the tub is literally centered and visible through French doors leading to the bedroom space. Susan J. Klimala, CKD of Glen Ellyn, IL wanted to help clients transform their uninspiring 90’s era bathroom into the calm beautiful spa that would fulfill the clients’ lifestyle needs and desires. One big transformation was the installation of this sleek rectangular tub opposite newly-incorporated French doors. In so many current bathroom designs, freestanding tubs are the norm. It allows them to be focal points of near sculptural quality. Rounded, rectangular and angled tubs are specified as an artistic accent that also provides the soothing soak that today’s homeowners may be looking for, following a busy day. Whether situated on stones, wood flooring or a low stage of sorts, the freestanding soaking tub is playing a prominent part in the master or family bathrooms of today.

Carlos Vergara Photography | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2011


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