Month: January 2018

Sneak Peek: Monogram Kitchen Island

Written by Courtney Kruer, Commercial Development Program – Monogram

Need another reason to believe that Monogram is Elevating Everything in the kitchen? We have it for you. Meet the exclusive Monogram Kitchen Island that was debuted at KBIS this January.

Monogram transformed a typical meeting room into a retro, speakeasy-styled, VIP lounge with the lit up Kitchen Island as the focal point of the dimly lit space. The brand went all out with Flapper girls, signature cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and of course, a cop to break up the “prohibited” speakeasy party at the end of each exclusive session.

So what exactly is the Monogram Kitchen Island? Brought to the KBIS show as a concept piece to get feedback on how we can perfect this luxury item before the launch, it’s a multi-functional 3.6’ x 7.87’ sheet of the finest black glass-ceramic that is much more than just your standard kitchen island. The elegant Monogram Kitchen Island includes fully integrated induction cooking technology. Therefore, the entire surface is seamless, but has the Monogram five burner induction cooktop with glide-touch controls built right into part of the sheet of glass. This means you can also utilize the WiFi capabilities of our exclusive First Build induction cooking probe for sous vide cooking to achieve perfect cooking results every time you cook. The Kitchen Island also includes a warming zone built into the island that’s perfect for entertaining your guests, whether it’s warming appetizers or keeping your chocolate at the perfect temperature for fondue.

Since all of this technology is seamless, when you’re not cooking, the entire surface acts as your island countertop, workspace, or favorite spot for poker night with friends. However, it doesn’t just have induction cooking technology built-in. The 6 mm thick glass ceramic also has wireless charging capabilities in spots throughout it. So not only can you charge your phone by laying it on the wireless port, but it can also effortlessly power your cordless countertop appliances that are becoming more and more common in everyday consumer’s homes. Talk about wowing your guests in so many ways with something that none of them have.

While this debut of our Monogram Kitchen Island was a concept, we plan on launching the luxury appliance by 2019 due to the overwhelmingly positive response we got at KBIS from designers, dealers, builders and more. Stay tuned for the final launch details on exactly how big it will be, what color options will be available, what shapes it may come in, and what other exciting capabilities could get added to the centerpiece that could Elevate Everything in the kitchens of tomorrow.

Learn about Universal Design

Curious about Universal Design? Listen to this Dave Fox podcast to learn how Universal Design and Monogram’s WiFi Connected Smart Appliances help you think about designing your new kitchen – for you, older members in your family, and children with needs.

Susan Cozzi, Monogram Designer Engagement Leader—East Region, and Nicole Bursh, GE Appliances Area Sales Manager, joined Gary Demos, President of Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers in Columbus, Ohio, to talk about how you can create the most modern of kitchens or the most traditional using Universal Design principles, all while ensuring that your kitchen will be as functional as possible by as many people as possible, regardless of their ability—the true hub of your home.

Over 17,000 listeners heard the podcast when it aired on iHeartRADIO. Now it’s your chance to learn how a Monogram Smart Kitchen with voice activation using Amazon Echo and Google Home, and an app on your smartphone, can elevate everything in your kitchen.

 

Monogram at KBIS 2018

Written by Courtney Kruer, Commercial Development Program – Monogram

Monogram booth at KBIS

The Monogram team traveled down to Orlando, Florida, for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show last week to showcase our brand to an array of designers, retailers, remodelers, builders and architects. KBIS is truly breathtaking in how large of an event it is and how many people are in attendance. The convention showcases over 600 leading brands in the industry, engaging everyone in the latest trends in products, design and technology.

NKBA Director of Certification and Design Elle H. Millard talking with Monogram Marketing Manager Ed Mammorella

Monogram engaged our attendees with cuisine (not just pizza) made in the Monogram Pizza Oven right there in the booth with the help of Chefs Nick Liberato and Brian Malarkey.

Chef Brian Malarkey

Chef Nick Liberato

Not only did we have acclaimed chefs, but we also had globally renowned fashion designer, Zac Posen, cooking right alongside them and signing copies of his new cookbook, Cooking with Zac.

Attendees were ecstatic to not only meet Zac and get a signed copy of his cookbook, but also to hear about his plans to design a one-of-a-kind panel for our Monogram Column refrigerators. Stay tuned for more exclusive plans between Monogram and Zac Posen in 2018, as well as partnerships with craftsmen that epitomize the quality of our brand.

Renowned fashion designer Zac Posen with Mary Putman, GE Appliances Vice President, Marketing and Brand

In addition to displaying the custom pizza peel made for Monogram by William Campbell of Anvil Goods, we had another artisan’s talents in a prominent, full-wall display that sparked a lot of conversation. The cast-iron pan covered wall was brought to us by Borough Furnace who sustainably handmakes their products out of recycled scrap iron. Partnering with these artisans supports our passion for craftsmanship, devotion to details and our commitment to Elevate Everything.

 

Designer Profile: T. K. Wismer

If you were impressed by this year’s Monogram booth at KBIS this year, thanks go to T.K. Wismer who designed the space. She honed her expertise in design as a set and wardrobe stylist, breathing life into commercials, television, and photography. T.K’s work has been featured in publications including Southern Living, HGTV magazine, Better Homes and Gardens as well as several television and commercial campaigns.

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

T.K.: From an early age, I always had a desire to see new designs and to imagine what a space could be. I was the kind of kid that had to go to the bathroom everywhere we went just to see what it looked like, and it was pretty common for me to organize and rearrange my friends’ rooms. Magazines were my ultimate entertainment and I would get lost for hours in the pages of my mom’s Southern Living, Vogue or Architectural Digest. We also moved a lot, every three months or so with the horse industry, and we were constantly setting up a new home and trying to work with what we had to create a comfortable space. All of that exposure to different regions, floorplans, and styles led to my insatiable appetite for creativity and change. I eventually made my way to set and wardrobe design for commercials and television and from there started on residential and commercial interiors.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

T.K.: I am really excited to see darker, moodier tones emerging in kitchen and bath designs. Bright white spaces are classic and versatile for sure but darker tones are more soothing to me and I love the way they change throughout the day and look really dramatic in the evening. I also love the mixing and matching such as two-tone cabinetry and mixed metals for a few reasons, it creates a layered effect that is visually appealing and looks as though things were gathered over time or collected in a way. To me that is what makes a home interesting, a chance to see someone’s personally curated collection. The variations help show-case their unique identity. Mixing and matching is also a more sustainable approach to design. Trends come and go so fast, instead of throwing everything out and starting fresh, I like to integrate some new with the existing elements that might still be in great shape.

SRFD: A trend you are over?

T.K.: I like to think of trends in terms of food, they are cravings and as soon as you satisfy one, something else takes hold. There are picky eaters and picky designers and I consider myself neither, so I hate to even say this because this particular trend has helped so many find a style identity and that is really our goal as designers, to influence others and empower their choices but here goes: I am over the Farmhouse look. It has been such a big theme over the past two years and I can appreciate the charm but I personally do not see myself craving shiplap or corrugated metal, or rustic wood for a while at least. I am also growing weary with white on white spaces unless you have an art collection to rival a Manhattan gallery, they just leave me wanting more. Also, a little trend in accessorizing I have seen creeping around lately on social media and in store displays is books being shelved backward so that the pages show instead of spines. I cannot get on board with this; I can’t suspend my disbelief to the point to imagine a real person who would want to organize their books in this manner. Not to mention, books are some of my favorite décor items for the color and texture they add as you will see in several of the designs I did for the Monogram space at KBIS.

SRFD: Tell us about the Monogram booth at KBIS?

T.K.: For the Monogram booth, I wanted to create a kitchen that has vintage appeal married with modern technology. The look reminds me of a French bistro with the soft blue and green tones in the cabinetry topped with white marbled quartz counters. I wanted the colors to look like patina to communicate old world charm. I chose the brass lanterns and hardware that you would see on an antique icebox as a nod to where we began while the sleek Monogram appliances showcase how far we’ve come in kitchen and appliance design. Again, it goes back to my love of mixing old with new. The mother of pearl wallcovering adds a touch of elegance to the space and has a beautiful texture. The accessories are from Louisville Stoneware in my hometown and represent hand crafted details that are both attractive and highly functional. The look of the kitchen is classic with a simple, approachable elegance. I can imagine rolling out pastry dough or canning fresh vegetables in that space. I wanted it to be beautiful, comfortable, and hard-working.

HOME With The Cousins KBIS Podcast

It’s KBIS time! If you’re unfamiliar, KBIS is the leading Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and it’s held this week in Orlando, Florida. Owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands. Each year kitchen and bath designers, dealers, architects, builders, and remodelers from all over the world attend KBIS to not only discover the newest product innovations, but to also take advantage of the education and networking.

In preparation for KBIS, the HOME with The Cousins podcast recently shared a series of interviews with leaders from key companies that will be at KBIS this week. In Episode 25, John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino interviewed Ed Mammorella, marketing manager with Monogram, as well as individuals from Chief Architect and Best Cheer Stone.

Hope to see you in booth W1712 at KBIS this week!

In the Kitchen with Zac Posen

By partnering with some of the world’s most talented artisans, Monogram is creating a stunning selection of innovations that are truly unique to their category. As part of a new collaboration with Monogram, global fashion designer and cookbook author Zac Posen will design a Column refrigerator panel. This high-fashion accent piece created by Posen adds an element of intrigue to premium décor and serves as inspiration for how Column appliances can be uniquely personalized. This is the first of other exclusive projects planned with Posen this year.

Posen is a renowned fashion icon on the red carpet, worn by leading women, including Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Rhianna. Others know him as a judge on Lifetime’s mainstay “Project Runway.” Globally, Posen’s collections represent the most refined qualities of glamour, and now his signature style will be reflected in the kitchen.

“Zac Posen’s passion and pride for his brand make him the perfect ambassador for Monogram,” said Ed Mammorella, Monogram marketing manager. “It’s a bonus to partner with a designer who equally enjoys spending time in the kitchen as his latest cookbook, Cooking with Zac, attests.”