CALIFORNIA HOMES MAGAZINE
September / October 2007
The Combining of the Cooking, Dining and Living Area Has Produced Innovative New Products
By Kathy Bryant
“The best way to get the perfect functional, efficient kitchen is to have a design or layout specific for the individual demands. Kitchen showrooms and interior designers are the best, and, in the long run, the least expensive place to go for assistance.”
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, the place where people usually congregate no matter how elegant the rest of the house is. Now homeowners and architects are embracing that idea with an emphasis on great rooms that integrate the kitchen with the living and dining areas.
Two views of Arclinea’s Italia kitchen finished in teak on the tall wall and stainless steel on the islands. New items include the smoked glass appliance “garage” that is integrated into the tall wall. It has a retractable base shelf so once the glass door is opened small appliances can easily be stored there.
The island furthest from the tall wall shows a new stainless steel worktop with integrated wooden breakfast bar and open stainless steel shelving. The top can also be made in marble. The wooden bench seating at the breakfast bar is available at counter height and also at table height, to be paired up with Arclinea tables. The counter height seating is shown here with a built-in footrest made of stainless steel on the back of the island. Over this island, there is a stainless steel pot rack. On the other island, the sink and cooktop are welded into the stainless worktop that is seamless and easy to clean. Over the island is the Convivium hood, available in three lengths.