Monthly Archives: November 2012

Italian Glass Flooring by Vitrealspecchi: fabulously functional

Glass flooring creates an instant, undeniable allure. There’s something about the glow and aethereal visuals that makes it immensely attractive to high-end building applications. Architects and designers love it for the creative freedom – structural glass flooring lets you “move light” throughout the structure, illuminating and showcasing different levels. Whether a multi-story retail mall that reveals and illuminates lower-level stores via glass walkways, an environmentally-conscious museum or art gallery that uses natural light cascading through structural glass, or a luxury

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Kitchen Tips: Convenient Storage with Restaurant-Style Dish Rack

Via one of our favorite blogs TheKitchn, this cool idea for repurposing restaurant equipment into a new role in a residential kitchen makes a lot of sense. A commercial-style dish rack + several storage tubs = convenient, flexible, relocatable storage for… well, just about anything. The tubs can be easily moved up & down to accommodate different items, and the rack’s large casters make it easy to relocate if needed. Visit TheKitchn for more tips on kitchen design & decor,

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The Most Expensive Kitchen Range In The World (and the range hood that ventilates it)

The title of “Most Expensive Kitchen Range In The World” was long held by the Grand Palais 180 from La Cornue’s top-of-the-line Chateau series, tagged at $ 48,000. What do you get for this price? Build quality from one of the oldest ironworks in Europe, a completely unique look, plenty of customization options, and the sheer satisfaction of cooking on the “Ferrari of ranges”. Check out the Grand Palais 180 product page for all the mouth-watering details.   All good things

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New Models: 48″ Europe Island & 84″ Europe Station Island

Sleek and distinctive, the “Europe” series range hoods have been a mainstay of Futuro Futuro’s product portfolio since their inception. With simple and clean lines, the “Europe” range hood fits into a variety of kitchen environments – from the traditional granite-and-wood-cabinetry designs, to the glossiest and minimalist-est Allmilmo and Snaidero kitchens. It’s not all about looks, however. The “Europe” is outfitted with a 4-speed, 940-CFM blower motor (inside a patented sound-absorbing chamber), and the innovative Perimeter Suction Filter system, which

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Cool Kitchen Hacks: transform a vase into a knife holder

via Ikea Hackers, this simple yet cool idea for transforming a glass vase into a knife holder caught our attention. 1 Ikea REKTANGEL glass vase + several packs of bamboo skewers or chopsticks = instant knife organization! Of course, any other heavy-bottomed vase or similar container can be used. Just make sure it’s tall enough to accommodate the blade length of your longest knife.  

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New Model: 38″ Skylight – Ceiling/Soffit Mount Range Hood

The innovative “Skylight” range hoods from Futuro Futuro are designed to provide kitchen ventilation for the entire room without obstructing the view. The “Skylight” can be flush-mounted into the ceiling, or installed inside a decorative soffit or custom enclosure. This unique model’s modular design (separate hood body + modular blower/s) allows it to be installed in a variety of ways – flush-mounted into the ceiling, installed inside a soffit box or custom enclosure, with the blowers either on top of the

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Designer Building Materials: “Dent Cube” 3D Stoneware Tile / Cladding

The “Dent Cube” from Inax is a 3D porcelain tile cladding material for indoor & outdoor applications. Create your own pattern by filling in the individual tiles with glass inserts, paint, or other materials. For a nature-inspired look, the rough-textured tiles can even hold patches of moss or small plants or grasses. This innovative building material was developed by Inax Corporation with the help of architect Teruo Yasuda. Its inspiration was the concept of “Nagomi”, a sense of inner calm

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Kitchen Design Case Study: Contemporary Kitchen with Zebra Wood Cabinetry

Project: SV Kitchen – Contemporary Kitchen with Zebra Wood Cabinetry Futuro Futuro Product: 2x 14″ Jupiter Island Range Hood Kitchen Design: Steve Price of Beautiful Remodel LLC Kitchen Fabrication: Cabinetry built by Castle Cabinets, installed by Beautiful Remodel  Location:  Phoenix, AZ Client: SV residence Beautiful Remodel can be contacted at: Steve Price, Designer/General Contractor Beautiful Remodel, LLC PO Box 1762, Gilbert, Arizona, 85299 Tel (480) 276-3107 Fax: (888) 654-1654 www.beautifulremodel.com The kitchen in the contemporary/retro home located in the Phoenix Metro area, Arizona had plenty of space, but

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Unique, Unusual Toaster Design Concepts

Since 1893, when the first toaster made its commercial appearance, billions of bread slices, bagels, and other baked goods have been heated & crisped by this incredibly useful mini-appliance. Of course, through over a century of innovation, the toaster went through quite a few evolutions, from the General Electric “Model D-12″ to the automated, heat-sensing, chrome-plated, timer-equipped modern creations, with all the bells & whistles one might expect. Having perfected the toasting technology and the controls, designers unleashed their vision,

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