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Issue Date: February 2007


The Showroom

Designer kitchens inspire,educate and delight
David Searls
The Trevarrow, Inc. Living Kitchen Showroom is an eye-pleasing mélange of textures, colors, styles and trends. There’s something interesting and richly pleasing around every corner. Take in the old-world elegance of a French Chateau kitchen, then prepare to sharpen your senses on the ultra-cool chic of a neighboring display. Throughout  the building you’ll find inviting splashes of color sprouting from vases and crystal wine glasses set out as though anticipating your visit.
In all, the showroom consistsof six complete kitchens and several additional settings scattered throughout. The showroom showcases not only the upscale product lines represented by Trevarrow, Inc. but also breathtaking examples of floor tile, cabinetry, countertops and other elements to trigger one’s imagination.

Several upscale kitchen trends are evident throughout such as, the growing popularity of wine storage units. Wander through each of the kitchens and you’ll see graceful bottles displayed in built-in shelving and dramatically encased behind temperature and humidity-controlled glass cabinets.

“The wine industry grows by leaps and bounds every year,” says Trevarrow Inc.’s Cleveland Branch Manager Matthew Kyser. Sub-Zero wine storage units are innovatively designed to keep your collection at dual temperatures — higher for the reds and cooler for the whites, as just nature prefers. Wines also need protection from the sun’s rays, which is why wine cellars are commonly located in windowless basements. But you don’t have to hide your collection away with a Sub-Zero unit. Thick panes of E-glass, featuring argon gas between layers, afford critical UV protection.

It will also become apparent as you explore the showroom that some of the kitchen vignettes feature appliances that have been installed behind gorgeous wood cabinetry, while others are in full view. “Fully integrated” is a growing trend, where specially fitted panels are installed over the appliances to match the cabinetry, the appliance then seemingly disappears.
Appliances are now customizable within the framework of the buyer’s personal taste and function preferences.

Builders, interior decorators, kitchen designers, architects and consumers are invited to stay for an hour or spend half the day. Stroll through the premises alone or with your host. Feel free to ask questions, and not only about the high-end appliances.

Trevarrow, Inc. is also committed to details. “If someone asks me about the hardware on a cabinet, I’ll tell them where it came from and how they can buy it,” says Matthew Kyser.

The Living Kitchen Showroom serves the area as a resource center, so don’t hesitate to ask for the locations of the appliance dealers where you can purchase what you adore.
 
The Urban Italia Kitchen

This modern-day Italian inspiration designed by Faralli Kitchen & Bath Design Studio in Willoughby Hills, features strong, clean sleek lines.

The space is so gorgeous that you don’t immediately notice the absence of an old kitchen standby: the refrigerator. It’s here, but the tall, built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator, the Wolf convection microwave, variously shaped storage units and appliances are found behind a virtual ceiling-to-floor wall of attractive wood cabinetry. There’s seemingly a new discovery behind every pullout drawer. One pair of drawers, for instance, reveals a wealth of Sub-Zero freezer space with easy access for the homeowner.

Even the overhead lighting in here is subtly recessed. In this way, much of the focus is on the side-by-side stainless steel Wolf ovens and the light wash of bamboo flooring.

Other creative design ideas include partitioning a large clean-up island by a clear pane of glass. One half of the space is for food preparation while the other can serve as a wet bar for entertaining.
 
A touch of provence

While the Urban Italia kitchen treats simplicity as a virtue, this Touch of Provence kitchen, brought to life by Bill Purdy of Purdy’s Design Studio in Beachwood, promotes a more plush visual philosophy.

The eye settles on the scallop-edged granitecountertop, heavy yet shapely, and the drama of the faux-finish pastoral scene on the wall, the stucco half-columns, wooden ceiling beams and antiqued tile flooring that look and feel like massive blocks ofstone that have weathered the ravages of time. This fine vignette looks like it was taken from southernFrance and carefully placed here in northern Ohio.

But while the visual might suggest a distant and simpler time, don’t be fooled. The appliances here include a Wolf dual-fuel range. This range boasts sealed gas burners on top and an electric convection oven below, for 21st century choice, convenience and quality of cooking. A warming drawer right below the countertop might lend itself handily to a self-serve buffet for casual parties or to meet the hectic schedule of today’s families.

“What you see here and in several of the other spaces is full integration of the cabinetry and appliances,” says Matthew Kyser. As an example, in this space the ventilation hood is hidden behind a cabinet. Ventilation hoods strikingly rendered from Independent Inc. serve as focal points elsewhere, but it just goes to show how the Trevarrow, Inc. line of kitchen products fits every style, theme and taste.
 
The soft contemporary Kitchen

This kitchen, designed by Warehouse Cabinets in Broadview Heights, features gorgeous cherry cabinetry. The room, an ode to Midwestern simplicity, sets the tone with a serene rural faux finish painting and textured walls. Behind the rangetop is a backsplash that is an exquisite creation of glazed tile, glass, metal and stone.

The artful customization of this room appealingly sets off the spacious stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf rangetop and the Asko dishwasher.

The Wolf gas rangetop includes sealed burners for easy cleanup and no dripping into the unit. This fine cooking instrument features an infraredthermostatically controlled griddle, a perfect tool for making your morning pancakes
You can also view the craftsmanship of a Franke sink, which is built flush with the countertop. The streamlined appearance offers enhanced aesthetics and cleaning efficiency. Then turn your attention to the Scotsman ice machines offering added convenience and cleaner, clearer ice cubes.
 
The Americana Rustic Kitchen

This kitchen quite possibly could have come from a time machine and straight from the great outdoors, and actually, it did. The beams and siding weren’t weathered in a factory; they were lovingly reclaimed from an 1840 barn from Lisbon, Ohio.

Studio 76 Kitchens and Baths of Twinsburg, Ohio incorporated knotty alder wood cabinets with custom rustic finishes in three colors, representing the shades you’d find in an Ohio barn. There’s an island with a massive Durango stone top, a knotty wooden floor, a metal farmhouse style sink and a faux painted scene on the back door depicting an Ohio Valley landscape.

But once again, the setting belies the room’s modern-day amenities. Take the Wolf range, for instance. While it sits before a stone wall and has a hood that’s been painted to look like sandstone, the model itself is state-of-the-art. It’s dual-fueled to function electrically as well as by gas, and its60-inch width gives you the capacity to prepare a feast for all of your farmhands at once. It’s perfect for large families or frequent entertaining.

The ultra-modern Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer are also seemingly hidden behind wood cabinetry that fits right into the setting. Swing open the doors of the Sub-Zero refrigeration unit to reveal a spacious interior and the advantages of separate compressors for the refrigerator and freezer — a feature that helps to prolong the life of your refrigerated produce. The average family tosses about $700 worth of stored food a year due to spoilage, but not in this kitchen. It only looks like it came to life circa 1840.
 
The french chateau Kitchen

If you really want to see and experience what the kitchens of tomorrow will look like, check out this showroom, designed by The Cleveland Tile & Cabinet Co. in Rocky River. You’ll find side-by-side glass-door refrigeration units, a digital scale built right into the cooking island, a special pot-filling water tap and a Wolf 15-inch gas and electric modular cooktops to display the fact that buyers can get the precise cooktop configuration that fits their needs.

Seemingly every food-prep functional challenge has been met here. The tri-flow water faucet offers filtered water as the third option. One pair of scratch-resistant fireclay ceramic Franke sinks are nine inches deep rather than the standard six inches. The fireclay sinks seen here and throughout the showroom were baked at 2,200º C for 23 hours for ultimate fire-hardened durability, and the insta-hot faucet eliminates the time-consuming step of bringing water to a boil. Water comes out of this tap at 190 degrees.

There are Asko dishwashers on each side of the sink, one of which has a rack that can be moved specifically for cleaning pots, pans or stemware. The dishwasher racks are made of graphic nylon, a material that won’t peel away over time. It’s just one more quality feature that you don’t always think about when considering a major appliance purchase — but you should.

The Wolf modular cooktops are available in an 18,000 BTU gas wok unit, two electric burners, two gas burners, an electric grill, a steamer or a fryer. Wolf allows you to build the cooktop of your dreams by going modular.

In similar fashion, the typical positioning arrangement of the side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer was reversed. The freezer usually goes on the left and the fridge on the right, but not in this room. Why reverse expectations like that? “Because the homeowner can,“ beams Matthew Kyser. “It shows customers that they can have their kitchen set up exactly as they want it.”

The pot filler looks like a contemporary work of art, but it’s a solid metal Franke faucet unit that allows you to bring the tap to the pot rather than the pot to the tap. This faucet allows you to fill your largest pasta pot right on top of the Wolf range!

There’s more integration of appliances and cabinetry in this kitchen. But there’s no hiding the ventilation hood in this room, and no such attempt should be made. The dramatic antique brass designer hood from Independent, Inc. is meant to draw your attention — and it will.
 
The Living Kitchen

The final point on our tour is Sub-Zero and Wolf’s exclusive Living Kitchen.

In this contemporary space consumers will find a refreshing new way to view many different models of appliances in close proximity. In this setting they are able to see platinum next to stainless and glass doors versus solid doors without moving room to room — it’s perfect.

One corner even features an innovative combination washer and dryer from Asko. It’s one appliance, that functions as both a washer and dryer and requires no venting. The dryer works on a condenser unit and the appliance disposes of moisture within the room’s drain system.

In this kitchen playground, the first thing you want to tryout are the Wolf oven’s digital displays. The LED displays are so intuitive that it leads even first-time users easily from broil to bake and even convection cooking. Wolf prides itself on building simple-to-use “smart” appliances.

One of the focal points of the room is  PRO48, a 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigeration unit that offers all of the capacity of a top-of-the-line commercial model. If the PRO48 were a sports car, it would surely be a Ferrari. This unit features a stainless steel interior and ice blue LED lighting. You can see for yourself, this unit, is a true work of art.

The Living Kitchen Showroom is a luxury showcase, displaying only the best in today’s high-end residential kitchen appliances. Tour it at your leisure in a pressure-free environment. Ask questions and let your imagination soar. The possibilities truly are endless for your own home or for those of your clients. l

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