While the most obvious facets of a kitchen—flooring, cabinets and color scheme–may grab the eye first, it is the components such as the range, sparkling hood and refrigeration and warming appliances that anchor a kitchen. Clarke, the exclusive New England distributors of high-end appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf, recently held a design contest to identify New England’s best designers. David Hacin of Hacin and Associates Inc. was awarded First Place for a Contemporary Kitchen, and Jan Gleysteen of Jan Gleysteen Architects Inc. took Second Place for a Traditional Kitchen.
CRISP, CLEAN AND CONTEMPORARY
Architect and urban designer Hacin designed his award-winning Boston kitchen around the 48” Wolf range and hood from Clarke. Hacin is no stranger to fine appliances and helped this family renovate their three-floor, three-bedroom penthouse apartment in the city after a devastating fire. The husband has owned the apartment since the 1970s and after meeting and marrying his wife, moved to the suburbs of Boston and rented out the penthouse. A few years ago the apartment was struck by lightning and suffered from extensive water and fire damage. The owners, now empty nesters, decided to seize the opportunity, repair the apartment and move back into the city.
While the husband has a large collection of fine pots and pans, they also wanted a sleek, modernist aesthetic that would feel comfortable and fit within the living space. “Minimalist kitchens are associated with people who don’t cook, but this situation is very different,” says Hacin. “The storage solutions had to be handy and smart. There is a pantry off the kitchen space.” While everything has a neat place in this kitchen, the appliances, especially the gleaming Wolf stove, steal the show. The most integral component of the kitchen, they helped focus the design and give the kitchen a streamlined appearance.
WARM AND INVITING TRADITIONAL
In a more traditional, suburban home, Gleysteen created an award-winning kitchen that was both functional and interactive and allowed for the everyday life of a busy family that often entertains friends. The kitchen is the hub of the household and also serves as an architectural focal point. The design process centered around the Sub-Zero refrigeration and Wolf cooking appliances from Clarke, including the impressive 60” range. The arched hood was inspired by a classic fireplace mantle and is bookended by a pair of pull-out spice racks. The stove area “pops” thanks to the unique running bond and herringbone tile patterns used in the backsplash.
While both award-winning kitchens are different in aesthetic, Hacin and Gleysteen designed rooms around the most important components of the space, Clarke’s high-end appliances. These ranges and warming and refrigeration appliances allowed both families to easily utilize the space in the way most conducive to their lives.
Clarke’s Design Contest Winners
First Place Contemporary Kitchen:
David Hacin of Hacin Associates in Boston, MA
First Place Traditional Kitchen:
Lindy Weaver of Lindy Weaver Design Associates in Cos Cob, CT and
Alicia Orrick of Orrick & Associates, Greenwich, CT
Second Place Contemporary Kitchen:
Cameron Snyder and Judith Whalen of Roomscapes in Rockland, MA
Second Place Traditional Kitchen:
Jan Gleysteen of Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. Wellesley, MA
First Place for use of Sub-Zero and Wolf in a non-kitchen setting (other room):
Karen Laskoske of Crown Point Cabinetry, Claremont, NH.
votes in Clarke’s online gallery from Feb 15-Mar 15, was a kitchen by Claudette Andrew of Westborough Design Center in Westborough, MA.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Michael Stavaridis & Richard Mandelkorn