Kitchen of The Year from House Beautiful and Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out is finally open! Rockefeller Center was the center of a design buzz that brought together celebrities, designers, and the press today. The press event was a fun preview to the kitchen that boasts fabulous elements. I had so much fun that I went back for the opening gala this evening...
What moved me at the Kitchen of The Year: Touch technology appliances by Jenn-Air, the Crevasse prep sink by Kohler, a tremendous 1000 square foot deck that uses Arborcoat from Benjamin Moore, reclaimed wood from Mohawk, scrumptious fabrics by Kravet indoors and Sunbrella outdoors, orbital lighting by Licht Im Raum, monolithic countertops by Ceasarstone, carved limestone backsplash tile from Walker Zanger, furniture from Restoration Hardware outside and Design Within Reach inside, a reclaimed wood dining table by Soderbergh, outdoor televisions from Sun-Brite, and accents from Calvin Klein and Kate Spade. These specifications all lend themselves to a look that House Beautiful's Editor In Chief, Newell Turner, referred to as a warm contemporary look that sets the tone for the future direction of House Beautiful itself.
Soderbergh Dining Table created from reclaimed timbers from the Vanderbilt Estate is set with accents from Kate Spade and Calvin Klein
Kate Kelly-Smith reading a Proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg recognizing the Kitchen of The Year as Editor In Chief Newell Turner and Jeff Lewis of "Flipping Out" look on.
Lounge seating just off the main kitchen area is framed by a room divider that serves as bottle storage
Jeff Lewis shares his ideas on kitchen design with us all
The evening in full effect with an eager crowd inspecting the kitchen thoroughly
A more private view of the kitchen
If you're wondering where exactly the kitchen sits, look above the Golden Statue of Prometheus and your treasure will be found . This is the view from the deck.
What I moved at the event: I was indulging a very nice House Beautiful photographer at the event who wanted to capture a casual shot of me "opening the drawers and exploring the kitchen" when a Kraftmaid panel literally detached itself from the face of the cabinets and fell at my feet, creating an uninvited hush in the crowd and prompted Jeff Lewis to say (with a smile) "Someone please escort her out!". Tension broke and the party continued. Oops! I have been working out, but I was certainly surprised by the feat! The cabinets are lovely, of course and I hope the slight issue has been fixed. Naturally, this would only happen to me, so I thought I'd share.
The rest of the event went swimmingly well and it was fun to see people come out, dressed to impress, focused on celebrating design! If you're in New York, the Kitchen of The Year will be hosting events all week. I'm speaking at 2pm (and will refrain from touching the cabinets) on kitchens and color. Hope to see you there!