Dream Kitchens – Renowned Designer & COOKCHILL Showroom Turns Heads
Swoon! There was not much else to do upon encountering the breathtaking all-copper La Cornue range which was inducted on the second floor of the recently opened COOKCHILL showroom – one of TXDW’s major sponsors. – in the Upper Kirby district. Visits to this state-of-the-art kitchen design emporium marked the launch of PaperCity‘s Texas Design Week (TXDW) Houston. The mid-morning reception included a presentation by renowned kitchen designer Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz (aka Richard A2Z) as well as tasty food presentations from Swift + Company.
A trendy clutch from interior designers, decorators and design aficionados on tour the showroom‘s 15 examples of kitchens that include high-end brands such as Gaggenau, Viking, and Monogram, the latter being Richard A2Z is a creative director.
Monitor lively kitchens where Swift + CompanyThe COOKCHILL team cooked up a cornucopia of delicious bites was COOKCHILL Executive Chef Jay Johnston. Jonston noted that the showroom was designed for cooking, whether for special events like this Texas Design Week festival or in-house cooking demonstrations. In fact, on a recent day, Johnston notes that a customer prepared scrambled eggs on a BlueStar cooktop before committing to buy.
“We’re here to help people buy the kitchen of their dreams,” he says.
For this event, Asian pineapple shrimp skewers from Swift were cooked, for example, in the Monogram Hearth Oven proving it has uses beyond pizza. Pear and Brie in Phyllo Cups with Blueberry Compote highlighted the Monogram Convection Oven’s multi-rack bake function and induction cooktop bake control.
Defining the kitchen of your dreams could be a delightful chore as the showroom has some 500 appliances. And, as you might expect, the aware the offers echoed A2Z’s presentation.
“Truly celebrating home appliances like furniture is something that really excites me,” he told the crowd as he revealed a picture of a refrigerator cabinet in a Beverly Hills home. The one-of-a-kind piece featured hand-laid veneer in a star pattern across the front, which was accented with stitched leather handles.
Full integration of dishwashers, ice makers, refrigerator drawers and refrigerators into the design is the ticket to contemporary kitchens today.
In a popular vintage design where the dreamer La Cornue ranges come into play, A2Z noted that bright colors and mixed metals are in play. Think eggplant kitchen walls and forest green lacquer and brass burners.
“We took great pride in the Monogram statement collection of launching solid brass pieces,” he says. “So you notice that in the sense of solid brass burners on our hobs. Not only do they look good, brass conducts heat better, so you get better cooking performance. Solid brass knobs are also used on the baking trays. I love this contrast because we’ve been working in stainless steel finishes for so long that it’s great to see these accents.
A2Z encouraged the public to question expectations of what a kitchen or bathroom could or should do.
“While the trends are great, it’s really important for all of us in design to have a point of view and perspective,” he notes. “We want to be relevant, of course. But we have to make our spaces dynamic. No matter what it looks or feels like, anything can be hugely relevant. It’s all about execution. It’s about achieving the “Wow” factor. “
For the record, the brilliant handcrafted La Cornue copper line with brushed brass knobs and copper-trimmed hood tab costs $ 175,000.
The program was sponsored by COOKCHILL, Monogram, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, The Shade Store, Alto, K&N Sales and Swiggard Creative.
Texas Design Week events continue for the rest of the week. For the full schedule of events, check out Texas Design Week Houston Full Website.