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Designer profile: Felicitas Oefelein

The Monogram Experience Center (MEC) brings designers to Louisville, Kentucky, for three-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 Felicitas Oefelein from F O Designs in Brooklyn, New York.

Felicitas Oofelein, recent participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Felicitas Oefelein, recent participant at the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Felicitas: I have been interested in design ever since I can remember. My Barbie dolls were less interested in playing dress up but lived in fabulous multi-level homes in my bookcases…

SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.

Felicitas: Last year I went back to St. Martin to do some additional work in a client’s vacation villa. While there we experienced a Level 3 hurricane, which was quite unexpected. Part of the property was flooded, which means that now there is more work to be done. Since these clients are very dear to me, I am, of course, very excited about the prospect of spending more time working in the Caribbean.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Felicitas: Oh, I am so very over any materials that try to look like something else … ceramic tiles looking like wood floors, or quartz counters looking like marble or granite. I just cannot understand this as a concept at all. I prefer pure materials. Concrete that actually looks like concrete and not like leather for a change.

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Felicitas: I love that there is a trend towards smaller homes that are built and designed higher in quality. It seems that McMansions are finally a bit passé, and that people have realized a smaller but well built quality home is something more worth striving for. Bigger is not always better!

Maybe the same will be happening with appliances? I am just in love with your 30” Monogram fridge with the convertible fridge freezer drawer! When will we finally get a high end 24” range with matching over-the-range microwave with hood? Or an Advantium in that size? All of Europe lives with 24” wide appliances. And being from New York, I can tell you there really is a need.

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Felicitas: I learned a lot, I was very impressed by the factory tour and the pride people take working for GE. I also loved how much GE was invested in making a better product at a good and very competitive price point. I am originally from Germany but have lived in New York for over 20 years. It is also important to me to support our own economy and the ability to purchase products that are built here has meaning to me.

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Image of the St. Martin home designed by Felicitas Oefelein

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Image of the St. Martin home designed by Felicitas Oefelein

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Image of the St. Martin home designed by Felicitas Oefelein

 

A Closer Look at the Appliance Selection for the 2015 HGTV Dream Home Kitchen

 

This year’s HGTV Dream Home is bright, airy, and warm. It’s the type of home in which you can picture yourself cozying up with a book – in just about any of the beautifully-designed spaces – or, alternatively, hosting a dinner party replete with great food and wine, and lots of laughter of course.

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From HGTV.com

The coastal-themed Dream Home is largely traditional in design, with a sprinkle of modern here and there. The kitchen is a good example of this, sporting transitional white cabinetry, glossy subway tiles and a clean lighting design. Monogram Professional appliances are a great choice for this kitchen from an aesthetic and performance perspective. Let’s take a closer look at the particular models installed in the HGTV Dream Home kitchen.

36″ Professional Built-In Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator: An ideal refrigerator for the entertainer, offering three full-width shelves to accommodate platters and large baking dishes, as well as four sealed bins for fresh produce, meat and cheese. The top two shelves are split to provide flexibility in storing items of varying heights, and the door bins can be adjusted as well. The freezer drawer is ideal for large items, and is equipped with a filter for the automatic icemaker.

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From HGTV.com

48” Professional Range with 6 burners and a Griddle: The Monogram Pro Range offers a variety of features to help you produce gourmet meals with the highest level of performance and ease of use. These include full-extension self-cleaning oven racks (in both ovens); burners that can simmer at 140 degrees F, yet sear at 18,000 BTU; reversible wok grates; and dual ovens that both offer convection, proofing, and self-cleaning modes. A variety of configurations are available including a grill, griddle, or both. Available in Dual Fuel and All-Gas versions in 30”, 36” and 48” widths.

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From HTGV.com

48” Taper-sided Professional Hood: The high-powered updraft chimney hood is the perfect accompaniment to the Pro Range, offering 4-level dual blower fan settings, 4-level lighting, and additional lamps for warming or task lighting. The taper style is a unique design, versus the more traditional straight-sided hood, and matches particularly well to the chamfered edges of the range.

Fully Integrated Dishwasher: The latest Monogram dishwashers utilize 102 jets (including jets installed along the side of the tub) to ensure your dishes, glasses, and baked-on cookware comes out sparkling clean. Bottle jets can be activated to clean all the way to the bottom of containers, such as sports and baby bottles – eliminating the need to hand wash such items. Other helpful features include brilliant LED lighting, a symphonic sound system (no more beeps!) and an optional third cutlery tray. Cycle options include Steam pre-wash, Delay Start and multiple drying choices. At 39 or 43 dBA, Monogram dishwashers are extremely quiet. All models are Energy Star-certified.

To see these models and other Monogram appliances in person, click here for a list of local Monogram resellers.