Month: February 2016

The First Annual Monogram Designer Summit is Tomorrow!

We’re so excited … on Wednesday, February 24, we will kick off the first annual Monogram Designer Summit here in Louisville, Kentucky! We invited more than 50 top designers from across the United States to join the GE Appliances product and industrial designers for a fun and interactive day of collaboration that will help shape the future of the kitchen appliance industry.

Curious? Follow #MonogramModern on Instagram and Twitter to learn more about the speakers, break-out sessions, panel discussions, and participants.

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Designer Profile: Debra Gelety

The Chicago Monogram Design Center (MDC) brings designers to Chicago, Illinois, for two-day experiences to learn about Monogram, the design process, our appliances – and even cook with them! We interviewed each designer to learn a little more about their background and design experiences.

Today’s profile highlights Debra Gelety with Lori Carroll & Associates in Tucson, Arizona.

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Debra: Since the time I could hold a pencil, I have been drawing. My first degree was a BFA in Illustration and I worked as an Illustrator/Graphic Designer for many years. In 2004, I had some major life changes and found myself with the opportunity to try something new. I went back to school and got a BA in Interior Design. I joined the Lori Carroll & Associates team in early 2011, where I am an AutoCad drafting diva, associate designer, and presentation assistant.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Debra: Although stainless steel finishes certainly have their place, I find they are overused. Also, I am not fond of the resurgence of gold tones in plumbing fixtures.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Debra: I tend to think of trends as the design fashions that will be “dated” looking in a few years so I don’t look to follow trends. I am pleased with the increased attention to Universal Design, and love that there are increasing numbers of suppliers of cleverly designed storage fittings. As people are becoming more interested in smaller homes, especially in urban areas, storage becomes challenging. I also find I am specifying quartz as a countertop finish more and more. There are so many new and interesting patterns.

SRFD: Tell us about the Best Kitchen award that your firm recently won at KBIS 2016.

Debra: The project was a new build contemporary home on a spectacular view lot in Arizona. The kitchen was located at the center of the home, open on one side to the breakfast area and the view, and partially closed to the formal entertaining areas. Pass-thru openings allow for the cooking member of the family to stay in contact with her guests. I think this kitchen is a great example of the implementation of NKBA design standards. We try to keep those standards in mind when space planning. The kitchen has great storage. The hidden pass-thru to the pantry where small frequently used appliances are stored out of sight, yet are instantly accessible, is my favorite feature. I also love that the design is very contemporary, yet warm. Kudos should go to the whole team, within LCA, as well as Jeff Willmeng Homes, Eglin + Bresler Architects, Rings of Wood Cabinetry, Tucson Stoneworks, and a great and enthusiastic client.

NKBA Winner 2016 Best Kitchen - Lori Carroll & Associates

NKBA Winner 2016 Best Kitchen – Lori Carroll & Associates

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NKBA Winner 2016 Best Kitchen – Lori Carroll & Associates

 

SRFD: What did you learn at the Chicago Monogram Appliances Designer Training Session?

Debra: Overall, it was a valuable experience. In design school we only receive basic information on appliances. Because I do a fair amount of space planning and often write the specifications documents our firm produces, I am aware of the technical specifications of the appliances we use, but I have never before actually used these models myself. I have a better feel for how one uses each appliance and why one might choose one type of cooking appliance over another. I now understand my mother’s love affair with her Advantium oven.

Designer Debra Gelety with Chef Jon at the Chicago Monogram Design Center

Designer Debra Gelety with Chef Jon at the Chicago Monogram Design Center

You can learn more about Debra and the team from Lori Carroll & Associates on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Welcome to Christina Dragota

Please welcome our newest team member at the Monogram Design Center in Chicago – Lead Product Specialist Christina Dragota.

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Originally from Palm Beach, FL, Christina attended Florida State University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Merchandising & Product Development. Previously with Coca-Cola, she worked in Account Management increasing sales throughout the downtown Chicago area.

Christina has been on the Monogram team for a year and a half as a Product Specialist and was promoted to Lead Product Specialist at the Monogram Design Center in the Merchandise Mart in December 2015. In this role, she manages local events, works with the local sales teams to build relationships with key partners, facilitates Monogram dealer training both onsite and offsite, and assists designers, architects and consumers who are specifying Monogram appliances for single and multi-family projects. Christina regularly leads tours and presentations in the showroom, and enjoys educating others on appliance configurations, technology and installation solutions.

Please stop by the Monogram Design Center in Chicago and say hello to Christina!

What was trending at KBIS 2016

Every year in January, KBIS (the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show always features the latest trends in appliances, materials and technology, and this year was full of exciting new offerings. Everything from black faucets with hot pink handles, to barnwood cabinets, to crystal filled knobs could be found.

Building on the growing trend of creating the “Smart Home,” manufacturers from lock makers to appliance companies were promoting devices to control home automation and monitoring. Smartphone apps are used to connect consumers with various tasks within the home, saving them time, money, and sometimes, peace of mind.

Aesthetics-wise there seemed to be an emergence of “rustic modern,” using natural earthy materials in new and exciting ways. Textured wallcoverings and tiles in amorphous shapes and angles created a contemporary look that bowed to mid-century modern roots.

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Cooktops featured heavy-duty metal grates in interesting patterns, and the introduction of brass burners created a great play between materials and finishes. Satin Nickel, Polished Nickel and Aged Bronze were a few of the highlighted materials. Also big this year were appliances that give users feedback – knobs that light up when in use and glow at various rates and intensities to show temperature ranges.

Overall, it showed that kitchen and bath technology is catching up with the latest in digital advances and designing them into beautiful environments.