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#Empathy

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.

Designer profile: Kirsten and Darrell Becker

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 Kirsten and Darrell Becker with Becker Studios in Santa Barbara, California.

Kirsten and Darrell Becker, recent participants at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Kirsten and Darrell Becker, recent participants at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Kirsten and Darrell: We have always been taken by that relaxed, perfectly satisfied feeling you get in a space that’s done right. But we are more affected by what’s wrong in a space! When it just feels a tad bit off or seriously awkward, that’s what inspires us to look at it from different angles and create a certain mood and better flow that puts anyone that enters it in a “feel good” place. After working separately for many years, Kirsten, a designer, and Darrell, a custom builder, found that collaboratively, their work exceeded expectations, so Becker Studios was established as a one-stop shop for design/build projects. We always stick to two mottos. First: Dream. Design. Build. Then: Rearrange, Refine, and LIVE!

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

Kirsten and Darrell: We recently completed a massive commercial development project – The Mill. The Mill is a marketplace featuring local merchants with Santa Barbara roots. We purchased the property, had a vision for it, designed it, processed it, built it and procured the proper tenant mix to bring it to life. What’s special about The Merchants is that they all produce and serve their products – beer, wine, BBQ and more – on site, so it is the ultimate inception to finish experience. The Mill also includes our offices and Becker Studios’ design outlet, Millworks. As a brand extension of Becker Studios, it features our own unique furnishings and designs. We sourced recycled barn wood from Wyoming and created custom, one-of-a-kind hardware, gates and panels to make it feel of era and authentic. It has been a long road, but the results are beyond what we pictured. We are thrilled to watch our vision come to life on such a large scale! Anyone can watch our journey through @themillsb on Instagram!

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Kirsten and Darrell: Restoration Hardware knocking off every cool, unique relic that ever existed – and doing a great job at it!

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Kirsten and Darrell: Raw, authentic goods displayed at the heart of design. Living finishes are comfortable to soak in, plus they are low maintenance and better for the environment.

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Kirsten and Darrell: Appliances not only need to be user friendly and super functional, but also on the cutting edge of design. And not all designers are good cooks…even with Advantium at their fingertips!

Follow along with Kirsten and Darrell on Instagram at @beckerstudios.

Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest Judge Profile: Robin Burrill

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. We already profiled our second judge, Robin Burrill with Curb Appeal Renovations, Inc. in Keller, Texas, on Save Room for Design earlier this year. Take a look at her profile.

Robin Burrill, Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest judge

Robin Burrill, Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest judge

We asked Robin what she was most looking forward to about judging the entries for the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest. Robin said, “I’m looking forward to meeting the other judges and being in Chicago, but of course seeing the awesome designs created by our industry. It amazes me how innovative the designs can be and of course I can’t wait to see how the Monogram appliances are used in these designs!  Especially the French door oven!  My personal fav!!”

 

Designer profile: Melissa Helvey

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 Melissa Helvey with Great Floors in Spokane, Washington.

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Melissa Helvey, recent participant at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Melissa: Throughout my childhood I had always said I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. My senior year in high school I took an interior design class, just to fill my required course load. The first day of class we visited a home construction site, and the minute I stepped in and looked around at the framing and everything coming together. I knew instantly that was what I was meant to do.

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

Melissa: I recently finished a kitchen remodel. My client found me at a Home Show back in April and she came up to me with a sketch on a napkin of her kitchen and said.. I NEED YOU … She had a dreadful existing kitchen that was so small and materials so dark it was like being in a cave. WE worked closely to find a design and materials that would make the space feel more comfortable to be in and more functional. Throughout the project she would send me photos almost daily, so excited about the progress. At the end of the project she called me in tears. I said, Mary, what’s the matter? Are you not happy with your kitchen? She said, “I LOVE it! I can’t tell you how much I love it and how much I appreciate all your help.” It wasn’t an award-winning design or even very creative, but this really captures why I do what I do. I love being able to help people have a better life. Help them through what can be a very difficult process and experience their joy at the end.

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Melissa: Hand-scraped hardwood floors. They still very popular in the inland Northwest…and I think they should be banned 😉

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Melissa: I still love the greys. I know it’s been trending for quite a while, but in my neck of the woods were pretty slow to catch on to the trends.

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Melissa: I was so impressed with how much research and thought goes into the Monogram product line. It was so amazing to see the 3D printing technology and learn how it has improved and sped up the research process.

I wasn’t familiar with all the capabilities of the Avantium technology. I called my husband back at home the day we learned about it and told him we were getting one!

Designer profile: Robin Fisher

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 Robin Fisher with Robin Rigby Fisher Design in Portland, Oregon.

Robin Fisher, recent participant at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

Robin Fisher, recent participant at the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky

SRFD: How did you become interested in design?

Robin: I have always been a struggling artist. After high school, I started college to become an engineer, but dropped out to move to NYC and become a hairdresser. I quickly became bored with that industry and went back to school to study Architecture and Art History, finally settling on Interior Design. By creating designs that are functional, easy to maintain, and are high quality, I love how my work enhances my client’s lives. 

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

Robin: I recently completed a kitchen for a couple on a budget in a small home. They are both professors at a local university, love to cook, and entertain on a small scale. We created a kitchen that is functional for both of them to cook at the same time without making the room any larger. Every space was designed for maximum storage, materials were chosen for ease of maintenance and low impact on the environment (water efficient fixtures, LED lighting, composting, locally sourced, low VOCs, and recycled content).

SRFD: A trend you’re over?

Robin: Hard-core industrial design. Design should not be “trendy,” design should be what makes a contact with your soul!

SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?

Robin: I really don’t like or use the term “trend.” I dislike that Sustainable Design has been a trend, sustainable design should not even exist as a term, it should JUST BE HOW WE ALL DESIGN!

SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?

Robin: Where to start? I LOVE LOUISVILLE! What a lovely town (I am hesitant to use the term “city” – it doesn’t quite fit the charm). The architecture, the art, the friendliness of the people, the food and wow – the bourbon! Love it all

My favorite part of experiencing Louisville was visiting Churchill Downs. I have had horses in my life until the past five years and have always dreamed of visiting. Thank you.

My visit to GE was great! I enjoyed learning about your products, especially the Advantium! What a fabulous appliance. I have revised my design to include one in my new kitchen. Cooking in your kitchen was a wonderful experience, although the Iron Chef Cook-off was more stressful than I thought.  I would much rather take my time and enjoy the process!