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Monogram in Wine Country

In early November, Hollywood invaded Wine Country for five action-packed days during the Eighth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) and Monogram was there. Film, food and wine came together at the Monogram Appliances Demonstration Kitchen where attending filmmakers were paired with masters of food, wine and craft beverage to create one-of-a-kind live experiences.

Photo credit: Feast It Forward

The Demo Kitchen was located at the Down-Valley Hub at the Studio by Feast it Forward. All members of the seated audience enjoyed food and beverage samples with all 12 demos. They featured exclusive wines showcased by Miner Family Wines, state of the art Monogram appliances, Cuisinart fine cookware and chef products, and a fully stocked pantry courtesy of Whole Foods Market. Watch all the live demonstrations here.

Photo credit: Brian Malarkey

Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey led one of the demonstrations during NVFF, succeeding wildly at entertaining and delighting the audience. He has created 15 wildly successful restaurants across the United States including Herb & Wood, his newest concept in San Diego’s buzzing gastronomic neighborhood of Little Italy. Malarkey is a judge on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, makes regular appearances on the Today Show and Good Morning America, and was a Top Chef finalist and winning mentor on ABC’s The Taste.

Photo credit: Randall Fong

Monogram brought a fun group of designers from the West Coast along to enjoy the full weekend, all while taking in the awesome Monogram Appliances experience.

Photo credit: Amy Klosterman

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.

 

Photographer, Designer and General Contractor

Following up on last week’s profile of photographer and designer Jamie Sangar, we wanted to learn a little more about her background and most recent project – her own home.

Photography: Jamie Sangar

As a little girl, I never imagined myself being a general contractor.  General contractors carry tape measures and wear hard hats. I was going to wear tutus and make-up. In my wildest imagination I never guessed that general contractors could do both!

When my husband and I decided we wanted to build a modern, energy-efficient home in Indianapolis, Indiana, our options for homebuilders were pretty slim, to say the least. In a market with much more conservative taste overall, and neighborhood homeowner’s associations that have a tight hold on architectural styles, the challenge was real trying to find the perfect land that would allow us to have neighbors, since we aren’t the country-dwelling type, as well as the design freedom to build a modern home. So, before even getting started on the land search, we knew we were up against two major roadblocks.

Thankfully, we were pleasantly surprised to quickly find the perfect land. It’s as if fate was on our side. We knew that our next step was to find the perfect architect. Even though we are both artists (my husband, a Visual Effects Supervisor, and me, a photographer by trade) and can easily visualize and design things on our own, we put the upmost value in hiring an architect, that could not only design a functional home based around the way that we live, but also, build a home that fit the land. We lucked out with lots of tall, mature trees, and a hill that our house would set atop—all things that we wanted to help dictate our home design, rather than knock-down, flatten, and plop a house on top of.

Photography: Jamie Sangar

After meeting with three different architects, we chose to work with Jason Wolfe at Demerly Architects, who was the perfect match for us in terms of style, personality and being willing to work with, what some would consider, a tough budget for a custom home that offers some high-end technology and appliances. He had ideas on where to save money to help offset those luxuries we weren’t willing to give up.

After having our plans priced with two local builders, and feeling frustrated by the price that came back both times, we decided that if we were going to make our dreams a reality, we were going to have to get our hands dirty. And by “dirty,” I mean, take on the responsibility of being the general contractor on our build.

I managed the day to day progress, scheduling the sub-contractors, managing material deliveries, working with our lender, meeting with potential subs, getting quotes, keeping the job site clean, hiring and firing, all while managing a full-time photography business and two children.

Photography: Jamie Sangar

Our exterior walls are SIPs panels (structural insulated panels) built by Thermocore, which means that not only is our home very insulated and energy-efficient, it meant that our walls were built indoors in a factory, unexposed to the weather elements, and then delivered on two semis to the job site. A crane and a framing crew would then set the walls, which drastically cut down on framing labor and time. So within days, our home had a roof and we were ready for the rough-in stage.

Photography: Jamie Sangar

Next was the fun part. That’s when all of the finishes and final design came into play! I knew I wanted to be minimal but warm and inviting, sleek but introduce textures, and add pops of color through furnishings rather than with wall or tile colors. The palette was simple; white walls, polished chrome finishes, black windows and maple hardwoods.

Photography: Jamie Sangar

The most important room to us was the kitchen. I love hosting, cooking and entertaining, so our main “splurge” was our kitchen appliances. An example of finding ways to offset the cost of our commercial-grade kitchen “must haves” was to design and build our own cabinets from Ikea. Ikea’s white glossy lacquer cabinets were the clean and efficient look we were going for!

Photography: Jamie Sangar

I’ve always had a passion for interior and architectural design. It’s just something that’s in my blood and I’ve followed for years through social media outlets, magazines, and in stores. But the most fun and applicable way for me to put that knowledge to use was by building our own home.  With this home, unlike our last home, I wanted a clean and modern neutral palette. Our last home had lots of color incorporated by different colored painted walls. My plan with this house, however, was to incorporate color with furnishings, while keeping the floors and walls neutral. This has allowed for a consistent look and feel throughout the entire house, while each room has a unique flair based on the furnishings.

Photography: Jamie Sangar

I especially have a love of mid-century modern design, so while our home is brand new, those same ideals were used in the design of our home. The idea that large expanses of glass be used to bring the outdoors inside, with a large open floor plan concept, we’ve topped that idea off with lots of mid-century modern furniture and decor. Another goal with the design of the interiors was to be as minimal as possible, while still being comfortable. An example of this is designing our closets so that our dressers fit inside there, rather than in the bedrooms. This allows for more floor space and less surfaces that likely end up finding clutter, and not to mention, dust. We also chose wall-mounted vanities in every bathroom to give the illusion that the rooms are larger than they are, by being able to see the floor underneath. The same is true for our master bedroom with floating nightstands. From an exterior standpoint, we chose a front door that is one that you would’ve seen in the 1950s, and we chose to make it orange, to contrast our two-toned grey siding.

Photography: Jamie Sangar

Now that we’ve gotten comfortable in our new home, I decided to carry on with my design passion, and start Mod Abode. I view Mod Abode as a blend of all of my passions; photography, design and architecture! It also gets me involved in a social media community that shares those same interests. I get to take pretty photos of design elements and credit those who are responsible for designing or carrying such cool things in their stores. I am not quite sure where Mod Abode might lead me, but my hope is that new doors open that let me expand upon the things I’m always eager to learn more about.

Photography: Jamie Sangar

Photography: Jamie Sangar

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Designer Profile: Jamie Sangar

The Monogram team came across a photo designer and photographer Jamie Sangar shared on her Instagram account earlier this year and were so impressed by her design aesthetic, we needed to learn more! Today we’re sharing Jamie’s path to design and her company, Mod Abode. Next week we will feature her gorgeous kitchen.

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Jamie: Regardless of whether you believe in the myth of people being either right-brain dominant or left-brain dominant, I think we can all agree upon the fact that some people are just born with certain talents. Everybody has their own unique talent, but it’s up to them to discover it and apply it in a real world scenario. The definition of “talent” is “natural aptitude or skill.” In other words, someone was born that way. I have always loved design for as long as I can remember. My style preferences weren’t learned from my parents, it’s just something that I always had a flair for. It wasn’t until after college, where I graduated with a Marketing degree from Miami University, that I got to professionally enter a creative environment. First starting my career in advertising, where I was an account executive for big brands, acting as the middleman between the artists and the client, I got my first taste of the creative world. The environment was awesome to be a part of. Halfway through my 3.5 year stint at the ad agency, I started a photography business on the side. After seeing quick growth and repeat customers, while also consistently gaining new customers, I realized that there just weren’t enough hours in the day to complete both jobs at 100% effort. So I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my photography career full-time. That was 11 years ago and I couldn’t be happier to be making my own rules as I go, meeting new clients along the way, and continually surrounding myself with creativity! That interest has always been there from an interior and architectural design standpoint, but I never tried applying it professionally. So, I thought, what the heck, and Mod Abode was born. It is a blend of all of my creative passions; photography, design and architecture. I get to take pretty photos of design elements and credit those who are responsible for designing or carrying such cool things in their stores. I am not quite sure where Mod Abode might lead me, but my hope is that new doors open that let me expand upon the things I’m always eager to learn more about.

SRFD: Tell us about your recent kitchen project.

Jamie: The number one, most important room to me, as we were designing and planning the build of our new home, was the kitchen! I love cooking, hosting and entertaining, so I wanted to put a lot of thought into the layout, the design, and most importantly the appliances and technology! Because we were working with, what some would consider, a tough budget in the custom home realm, we knew that the build process was going to be a relationship of give and take. Aren’t all solid relationships about give and take?! We knew that we weren’t willing to backdown on the commercial grade appliances that we had researched and tested-out, so an example of a “give” was to take on some of the kitchen building labor, and build our own Ikea cabinets. They were always the look we wanted, white and glossy, but sure, we could’ve saved ourselves a bunch of time and effort if we had gone with another custom (expensive) brand. But that was one example of us not backing-down to what we felt was important in our kitchen. We chose a Wolf induction cooktop, a Wolf wall oven, a 48” Subzero refrigerator freezer, and a Monogram Advantium wall oven! While the kitchen is not huge, it is very functional for the way that we live in it. It is also designed with 180 degrees of window views overlooking Geist Reservoir in the distance and woods to the side of our property. Not only does the daylight keep the kitchen bright and airy, but the beautiful views help create a warm environment, for not only us, but our friends that we enjoy hosting.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Jamie: I almost hate to point-out a trend that I personally do not gravitate towards, because I know that many people don’t prefer my taste. (So, feel free to punch holes in the way I like to design, ha)! However, if there’s one trend that I feel has been used over and over again for years, it’s gotta be the distressed, eclectic, shabby chic look, with mismatched furniture, mismatched fabrics and patterns, combined with distressed everything!

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about:

Not a trend, but a style I obsess over, is bringing the outdoors inside. In fact, that’s a really old idea of mid-century modern style. If you’re remodeling an existing home, you’re definitely limited by window size if you’re not into cutting larger window openings, and making sure appropriate engineering and headers are in place. However, there are some things you can do to help achieve more of this look without a hefty price tag. Simple things like removing the grilles from your windows will completely open up the room and give the illusion of letting more light in. If you have the opportunity to buy new windows, consider something like casement windows that allow you to open up to the outdoors. Consider brands with small, minimal trim/mullions to keep the look minimal, but the daylight to a maximum.

For new construction, it’s definitely easier to plan for these types of things. Think about incorporating a large window expanse towards a pretty and private part of your property. Higher-end window brands have even engineered moveable window walls, that actually allow you to open up to the outdoors, making you feel at one with nature. So while this is certainly not a new trend, it’s one that I feel should be placed at the top of the “must have” list!

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2017 Monogram Designer Summit Recap

Written by Scott Powers, interior designer with J. Hettinger Interiors (shared in their March newsletter)

I Just returned from my second annual trip with Monogram Appliances.

The Monogram Designer Summit, held in Louisville, Kentucky, was a great opportunity to meet and mingle with approximately 80 designers from around the country in order to share and brainstorm new ideas for future products.

This year’s theme was Creating Empathy, standing in the position of others who may face different difficulties, and how we can be more caring and kind in our daily lives. I was very appreciative of being invited again, for the second time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were welcomed our first evening to The Louisville Palace in Louisville, Kentucky. The theater, which features Spanish Baroque décor, opened in 1928.

Our first full day was held at the Speed Art Museum, the oldest, largest, and foremost museum of art in Kentucky. The day consisted of various talks and exercises dealing with physical limitations and how we as a society deal with them. And for those that are dealing with some sort of limitation, how we can be more empathetic. This was a real eye-opening experience, and I am so glad I was asked to participate.

On our last night we were treated to dinner at the Hermitage Farm, where a number of past thoroughbreds reside, including a number of champions and Kentucky Derby winners.

What a privilege it has been to be a part of this incredible design summit with Monogram. I appreciate the opportunity it affords me to become a more well-rounded designer and to pass this knowledge on to benefit my clients.

Warmest regards,

Scott Powers

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Written by Paula Kennedy, CMKBD, with Timeless Kitchen Design This weekend I just finished being an extra for a few commercials with the Improv Alive group that I’ve been practicing with for the last three years. Whenever I tell people I’ve been taking Improv classes, they say, “Oh that must be fun!” But honestly it’s more about getting out of my…

DODLA 2016 Recap

Written by Greg Finnicum, Monogram Learning Manager

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Ideafest 2016 was the theme at this year’s Dwell on Design event at the Los Angeles Convention Center last month. With over 300 exhibiting brands, 2000+ modern furnishings and products, and 271 speakers presenting at 96 sessions, all aspects of modern design ideas came to life at America’s largest design event. As part of the six-city modern design tour with Dwell and Monogram, the Monogram Modern Home was onsite during DODLA. The home hosted over 5,000 attendees at DODLA featuring Monogram Executive Chef Jon Liddell demonstrating his culinary magic on the new induction cooktop and Advantium Speedcook oven.

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To step outside the kitchen, Resource Furniture was also on hand to transform both the Monogram Modern Home and the showroom floor with their modern and innovative space-saving wall bed systems, tables and seating … making every space an exciting and stylish multi-purpose room with the flick of a finger.

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Woodworker and sculptor Greta de Parry was also featured at the show with her unique, elegant handcrafted designs.

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What if you could change the art on your wall to match your mood? Electric Objects can let you change the art on your wall to whatever you find on the internet, or choose from their curated selections. Choose the art pieces from your iPhone and send your selections to your Electric Objects wall hardware.

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Dwell on Design LA is a must for your 2017 planning!  See you next year!

NeoCon 2016

Written by Georgie Vetter, Product Specialist at the Chicago Monogram Design Center

Last month, the Merchandise Mart in Chicago held its annual designer exposition, NeoCon. NeoCon is one of the most recognized and attended trade shows in the industry. This year, more than 50,000 designers walked the halls of the Merchandise Mart viewing the latest and most innovative solutions in commercial design. NeoCon has remained focused on being at the forefront of changing commercial design and business trends.

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The Monogram Design Center was buzzing throughout the three-day exposition, with many designers walking through showing a lot of interest in induction cooking. During NeoCon, the Monogram Design Center showcased Sous Vide cooking, a method of cooking in which food is sealed in air-tight plastic bags then placed in a temperature controlled water bath which brings meats, fish, and poultry to the perfect internal temperature each time. We also introduced designers to the new pizza oven, which will be making its debut in the Chicago Design Center later this fall. The Amazon Echo made an appearance during NeoCon. Designers were shown how Monogram appliances are able to be integrated within a smart home. The designers that came through were very intrigued by the pizza oven and expressed a lot of enthusiasm toward the new product. We know they are looking forward to seeing it in person!

On the Tuesday of NeoCon week, Sheri Gold, National Showroom Manager, presented a CEU to a group of designers on how to grow their business through social media. The Social Media CEU offers in-depth explanations of four social media platforms (Twitter, Houzz, Instagram and Pinterest) and how best to use them within the design world. The CEU also provides a brief overview of Hootsuite, Periscope and Snapchat. During the CEU, we had a panel that included Julie McCrary, Social Media Manager for White Good; Monogram Lead Product Specialist Christina Dragota; and Monogram Product Specialist Georgie Vetter to provide their input during the presentation.

Overall, NeoCon was a great week for the Monogram Design Center. We were able to make many new designer contacts and enjoyed being able to give more information on Monogram appliances and what we are doing next.

 

Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest Judge: Oscar De las salas

Very soon we will be announcing the winners of the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest. We received so many great entries from around the country! Our judges definitely had their work cut out for them. And speaking of judges, an illustrious collection of esteemed designers from across the U.S. agreed to take the time to review the contest submissions and select the winners. This year’s judges are:

Over the next few weeks, we will profile each Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest judge. Our third profile features Oscar De las salas from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Oscar De las salas, Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest judge

Oscar De las salas, Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest judge

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Oscar: At a young age I found myself submerged in the world of creativity, and my outlets were many.

It was the creation of anything new and interesting which called my attention; perhaps the availability of suggesting or coming up with an answer (or answers) to a problem. From watching my aunt run her design studio in Barranquilla, Colombia, and helping her to select the right fabrics for her hundreds of Carnival designs, to the simple solution of picking the colors for the walls of our family’s newest real estate acquisition, to the design of a dinner table layout or even to the selection of china and flowers for one of our family dinner parties.

I knew creativity was my line of work, so after working on multiple U.S. Embassies in South America, I completed my studies as an architect but with a special focus. After working in multiple aspects of architecture and design, I chose to master in architectural interior design, and I’ve been practicing for the last 23 years with an intense spotlight on lifestyle.

A well-designed space is a storyline where nothing should need to be spoken for the user to understand what is happening, or to recognize your design intent. Design is a language where silence is your best ally. I am not attracted to designs that require extensive verbal justification.

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

Oscar: I am currently working on an interior architectural design tenant improvement project at the Phoenix Convention Center. The result will be an approximately 3,000 sq. ft. multi-functional event space, in which we established as a “design approach” for the intent of the space to be unobtrusive and ethereal, so any type or variety of event can be well-served by the space.

The space incorporates a continuous undulating wave-shaped ceiling 10 to 12 feet high (on it’s soft ridge line), a white stretched canvas lighted with indirect LED lighting, ripple fold white gauzy drapes from floor to ceiling to soften street views, grey and soft white striped flooring – staggered in perpendicular bands – and the combination of frosted glass walls, mirrored walls and bidirectional mosaic and mirrored tile accents to complement, give the space that “cloud-like” like look we are looking for.

In contrast, a single red tone on the bar area’s elliptical ceiling that is set slanted from 7 to 8 feet and encrusted with little jewel crystal star shaped lights, draws guests to bar area where drinks are served.

Perhaps the element that wraps the space to be inviting is the mixture of small triangular stools in a durable microfiber grey and bone color, with alternating small tables made of soft maple in the same shape, placed together in the central space like a vertebrae. The result is a modular seating and table option attached like a long spine in the middle of the space, which can be detached to create separate seating settings.

To label and brand the space, the name “MONROE” (the bar’s name) will be spelled on white acrylic letters on a repeat setting on the window sill facing the street, with one word being red, while the rest will be ultra white.

This project is expected to be complete in record time. This is a very unique space, and a project I am looking for guests to enjoy and for patrons to use in many, many different ways.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Oscar: The glass-tile and tumbled travertine combination, or cheap tile glass, or anything Tuscan-ish. (This is what I consider a ‘developers’ interpretation of what Tuscan style is, of course). Oh, and concrete horizontal surfaces mixed with ultramodern cabinetry – yuck!

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Oscar: Bi-dimensional tile, solid panel frosted glass, mirror backsplash or a single full marble slab backsplash unify and expand the space, in modern settings. I am also in love with transitional white subway tile with grey grouting, and traditional soft textured tile mixed with hand-painted tile.

Waterfall edges on any horizontal surface make me happy.

LED indirect lighting, soft lighting and anything ethereal, and any modern materials in white, grey or frosted finishes.

SRFD: What are you looking forward to about judging the design contest entries?

Oscar: Interior designers and architects are a source of creativity and through these experts, incredible solutions can be found.

As a judge, I am looking for not only for the most jaw-dropping visually stimulating unique design (no matter what the style is) but I also need to see a design with a high level of practicality; I look for excellent use of the triangulation of space, in case of “U” shaped kitchen, (with or without island), a perfect layout in a typical “L” shaped kitchen, or a convenient and handy layout in simple modern galley shaped space.

What I look for is an aesthetically pleasant kitchen space that is multi-functional in which the user is able to thrive, function effectively day-to-day and the design supports a welcoming and appealing space for the day to day “get-ready-to-work-fast” person, the family with a baby and a dog, the stay-home-housewife, the-senior-living-alone, the socialite, the bachelor, or the family Thanksgiving dinner, or the family that constantly entertain. I see these main concepts as complements to the already beautifully designed and leading edge Monogram line.

Since I am the “designated” chef in my house, in essence, I look for the stunning beautiful visual project with a balance of intense and creative use of space with an easy, user-friendly design.

Hear more from Oscar at What Would Oscar Do.