TRENDS from the 2011
9. A Tiered Approach to Proportion Tia Moras, CMKBD Lonetree Ent. Ltd., Vancouver, BC
Gary Beale, B-Plus Studios LTD
Tia Moras, CMKBD of British Columbia brought the concept of stacked components and graduated overlapping heights to a new level of sophistication in this Vancouver kitchen. The landscape of the kitchen, compliments the cityscape just outside the windows. Rounded cabinetry handles, a circular ventilation hood and a chandelier that sprouts arched wires over the dining table convey an appealing contradiction to the rectilinear shapes of the island. Mountains in the background just outside the windows are the rounded backdrop to the city buildings that match the artistic approach to the interior. The varying heights of the island surfaces, the elevated and overlapping dining counter top, and the statuesque pantry cabinet create asymmetrical proportion. Moras indicates her favorite aspect of the design being the use of a thicker top. “We use a good fabricator who miters the edges of the ground quartz material in the desired thickness. I did not want brackets to show, so the top was engineered to be installed without visible support.” The tallest point of the pantry, thickness of the counter tops, and the dining surface resting effortlessly on the prep and cook surface, convey a proportionally tiered balance to this contemporary kitchen.
10. Inlay Floors Mark Allan Schag, CKD Allen Cabinetry & The Counter Top Shop, Mansfield, OH Detailed floors, more specifically variations of inlay flooring are being seen in great numbers of new kitchen and bath designs. In this French style master bathroom, the flooring was the first request of the clients, who asked for a wood and stone parquet floor. To accommodate the wet environment of a bathroom, Designer Mark Allen Schag, CKD based in Mansfield, OH suggested a new wood-look ceramic tile combined with natural travertine. “Each piece was hand-fitted and angled to mimic the look of a real parquet floor,” explained Schag. Building on the French Chateux feeling that began with the floor, the remainder came together through maple cabinetry, wood wainscoting, French carved legs for the cabinetry, and more, to result in this stunning beauty. With floors grabbing the attention of clients, designers, and visitors in the home, we are sure to see more and more innovation and creativity in the materials and how they are brought together and installed.
Mark Allan Schag
NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2011 | NKBA.org