Month: May 2016


Written by Rebecca Alvord, Senior Industrial Designer for GE Appliances

I recently had the pleasure of attending Eurocucina in Milan, Italy; part of the Salone del Mobile Milano (A designer’s paradise!). This show took place April 12-17th, with over 2,400 exhibitors and 370,000 attendees. It was by far the largest tradeshow I have ever attended. I saw hundreds of beautiful kitchens with rich and interesting materials, and left very inspired! In my opinion there were two kitchens that stood out from a trendsetting standpoint.

Snaidero’s Kelly kitchen, by architect Massimo Iosa Ghini, is a fresh and modern take on traditional design. You might say it is the epitome of transitional design. The cabinetry has clean lines with hidden pocket handles. Cabinet fronts are framed with brass decorative corner details.  The hood is one of my favorite features. It has a satin brass finish that ties in with the brass detailing on the cabinets, chairs, and island legs. It’s design is very clean and modern, yet the extra structural elements add a bit of old world flair.


Source: Snaidero


Source: Snaidero


Source: Snaidero

Arclinea’s Principia kitchen by Antonio Citterio was dark and luxurious. The finish palette comprised of rich dark wood, marble, brass and smoked glass with embedded mesh texture. The hood becomes a central focal point and contains open shelving for herbs as well as task lights. Display shelves were beautifully illuminated behind smoked glass. The glass had embedded metallic ,which added a luxurious textural layer. In one kitchen, dark marble countertops pair with dark chrome fixtures, while in the other kitchen, white marble countertops give way to a bright pop of brass.


Source: Arclinea


Source: Arclinea


Source: Arclinea


Source: Arclinea


Source: Arclinea


Source: Arclinea

A tale of two Monogram kitchen remodels

Hear from California homeowner Chris Cory about her first Monogram kitchen remodel, and why she is anxiously awaiting completion of her second Monogram kitchen remodel in another home.

“We are eagerly waiting for our new kitchen to “appear” in about 10 weeks.

About six years ago we remodeled our kitchen in Oakland, California, with three Monogram appliances (48″ range, refrigerator, and microwave).  We sold our home in Oakland and the beautiful Monogram kitchen was the main selling point.

42" Refrigerator, 48" Range and Microwave

42″ Refrigerator, 48″ Range and Microwave


48" Range and Microwave

48″ Range and Microwave




Day before Thanksgiving, 2011 - Prepping for dinner

Day before Thanksgiving, 2011 – Prepping for dinner

We moved to Pacific Grove, California, and purchased a great GE Cafe double oven range thinking we would use it in our “soon to be remodeled” kitchen. Nothing against GE Cafe, but it wasn’t a Monogram! I wanted my Monogram range back!

I decided to do my “homework” on appliances again. I visited design centers, read reviews, read appliance specifications and checked pricing. I looked at Wolf, Viking and any range that had a griddle, grill and two ovens (one small and one large). I “needed” the small oven (for just my husband and myself for daily meals) and a griddle for LOTS of things (pancakes, bacon, quesadillas, tacos, vegetables, grilled cheese sandwiches and more). Once again, the Monogram 48″ range was the best choice.

While visiting New York City, we decided to visit the Monogram Design Center and partake in a lunch prepared by the in-house chef. We saw and experienced the “wonders” of the Advantium oven and decided to buy one. This purchase eliminated the need for a warming oven and microwave, thus leaving more room for cabinets. We ended up taking advantage of the “2 for 1” sale and bought the following Monogram appliances … 48″ range (grill & griddle), 48″ counter depth refrigerator with built-in water dispenser, dishwasher, wine reserve and the Advantium. Where applicable, all of the appliances will have custom panels, similar to the Oakland kitchen.

My current kitchen has no appliances or cabinets. We’ve converted the dining room into a temporary kitchen. Demolition of the kitchen starts this coming Monday. Hopefully in 10 weeks I can share photos of our new Monogram kitchen.

I’m looking forward to cooking again.”

Monogram Modern Home in Seattle May 20 – 21

Join us on for our second cross-country modern design road trip with Dwell. First 2016 destination – Seattle, Washington!


We’re kicking off the 2016 tour in Seattle’s South Lake Union (SLU) neighborhood, one of seven recognized Innovation Districts in the United States. Experience Monogram’s 2016 line of appliances with live demonstrations and culinary tastings prepared by our own tour chef when you visit this 600 sq. foot prefab home built by Washington’s own Method Homes. The home is open to the public Saturday, May 21st from 10am – 5pm. After you visit the home, stop by the South Lake Union Saturday Market.

For accredited industry professionals, please join us on Friday, May 20th for a day of continuing design education. For additional details and to register for the CEU’s, visit the Dwell website.

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Meet Ashley Nolan from the Kitchen Design Network

Written by Christina Dragota, Lead Product Specialist at the Monogram Design Center in Chicago

Kitchen Design Network's Ashley Nolan with Chef Jon at the Chicago Monogram Design Center

Kitchen Design Network’s Ashley Nolan with Chef Jon at the Chicago Monogram Design Center

SRFD: How did you start getting into the producing business?

Ashley: I had an uncle who was a producer and he took me to see Candid Camera at age 12. I was just fascinated with how many people it took behind the camera to have a show be successful. I started interning with my uncle for the MTV movie awards. I would do anything I could to be a part of that business, even if it meant being a coffee assistant. Finally, after graduating college, I started my career in daytime television.

SRFD: How did you end up working with Martha Stewart?

Ashley: At the time, I was working with Ali Wentworth and the Montel Williams Show for about a year. I got a call that the studio wanted to do a talk show with Martha in front of a live studio audience and I was instantly interested. I went for about four interviews and then finally got the call … at 25 years old!

SRFD: I understand you were affiliated in working with Monogram while working on Martha… What was your role during that time?

Ashley: I was one of the integrations producers- which is when we work together with ad sales teams – one of them being Monogram, that outfitted our prep and T.V. kitchen. We agreed to showcase close ups of the Monogram products throughout the show and have three or four integrations a year to deliver talking points about Monogram, but organically, that went along with the theme of our show so then it could relate to the consumers and what they were watching.

SRFD: How did you transition into your design career that you’re in now?

Ashley: After working for Anderson Cooper and Bethenny Frankel, both great, I just finally got fried with having no work/life balance for 13 years straight in New York. I decided to move back home to Connecticut but it was impossible to find T.V. work. Since I had won two Emmy’s, people always thought I wanted their job since I was “over-qualified” for the position I was originally going for. I had a family friend with a kitchen design company that wanted to launch a kitchen design network with an online magazine that features designer spotlights, brand directory. Lori Gilder and Rebecca Reynolds wanted to grow a strong video presence for their site and needed help. Rebecca also needed help with her design company, so I started off as more clerical but now I’m more involved with four different projects and am going to go back to school to further my education and career.

SRFD: Has previously working with Monogram and Martha helped you in your current career?

Ashley: Yes- being in a kitchen all the time on and off camera you need to know what the basic needs of a kitchen are. Especially being on television, everything is under a microscope so we had to make sure every detail was in place which involved a lot of kitchen development.

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We’re hitting the road again!

A new Monogram Modern Home is on tour!


This spring, Monogram and Dwell embark on another epic cross country modern design road trip, stopping in six cities across the U.S. Join us in celebrating craftsmanship, innovation, and design ingenuity in a modern home featuring luxury Monogram appliances. The home will host a variety of lifestyle events including continuing education credits, culinary tastings and live product demonstrations.

We will visit:

  • Seattle, WA on May 20 – 21
  • San Francisco, CA on June 10 – 11
  • Los Angeles, CA on June 24 – 26
  • Houston, TX on September 9 – 10
  • Atlanta, GA on October 7 -8
  • Miami, FL on December 2 – 3

Learn more about our upcoming road trip here and we will see you soon!