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  1. How to Design the Perfect Luxury Kitchen

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    A luxury kitchen incorporates the often associated expansive spaces and clean lines of modern home design. However, luxury is not only about style—it is also about ease of use.

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    The kitchen should be one of the most useful spaces in your home, helping you to cook, entertain, and dine without stress or complication. So, what does that mean and how is it accomplished?

    A stress-free, luxury kitchen should require the minimum number of steps to complete the tasks that you perform most. Your morning coffee, for example, should not take you back and forth from one side of the kitchen to the other.

    In modern kitchen design, luxury seamlessly meets purpose in what we call “zones of function.” The goal of these zones is to allow for a luxury design while also ensuring that your kitchen tasks remain pleasant and simple.

    Defining the most important zones

    Luxury kitchen design is not a certain layout or a repeatable design. The concept of luxury kitchen design within modern home design is that each kitchen should be completely customized and function according to the people who are using it most.

    To begin your luxury kitchen design, the zones of function that are most important to you must be defined. Take a look at your current kitchen routines.

    What activities do you do the most?

    What tasks annoy you?

    What do you wish your kitchen could do that it currently does not?

    If you drink coffee every morning, everything you need to make that coffee should be in one place. If you wish you could prepare healthier meals, your prep station should have easy access to a cutting board, sink, and be close to the stove. If you love wine, your wine storage should be accessible from the entertainment area, not placed in some obscure and hidden part of the kitchen.

    By considering your current and desired use of your kitchen, you can define the “zones” important to you. Once you’ve done that, an appropriate design of the kitchen’s spaces according to those zones should develop naturally.

    Designing each zone of your luxury kitchen

    When you know your most important zones of function, you then have to look at each zone in greater detail.

    What appliances are useful in this zone?

    How many utensils are required and how should they be stored for easy access?

    Does this zone need to overlap with another to maximize efficiency?

    Usually, high-use appliances such as the refrigerator, oven, stove, and dishwasher will act as links between zones because they are used for multiple kitchen tasks. Depending on the zones of function you have designated as the most important, it may make sense to repeat kitchen features, such as having a second sink or an island cooktop to help optimize preparation or a second dishwasher to aid in cleanup.

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    Defining the zones is the easy part. Designing the details gets a bit more complicated. That’s why we recommend working with an experienced kitchen designer who can take those zones of function and turn them into a cohesive workspace that is beautifully designed.

    Seamlessly moving between zones

    Different zones of function do not mean the zones are visually identifiable from one another. In fact, they should be invisible. The zones exist in their function, not in their appearance. Each area of your kitchen should overlap and melt together to create one complete space of luxury, style, and purpose.

    When designed well, zones of function will flow together naturally. With creative storage and a consistent style, each area of the kitchen can feed into the next, running uninterrupted from end to end.

    Our talented designers are experts in creating seamless zones of function for our clients, spaces that are not only beautiful to behold, but also beautiful to live in.

    Contact us today to create your perfect luxury kitchen!

  2. Kitchen Design Awards 2021: Gold Taken by Phil Kean Kitchens

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    Phil Kean Kitchens Wins Gold


    Phil Kean Kitchens received the 2021 Gold Kitchen Design Award from Kitchen & Bath Design News in their category “Kitchens over $225,000”! See photos of the modern kitchen design below and read how our talented design team created this beautiful kitchen using a combination of multiple colors and textures here: Kitchen and Bath Design News’ 2021 Best Kitchens over $225K!

    Congratulations to the team members who include Senior Kitchen Designer, Todd Atkins along with Architect, Phil Kean and Interior Designer, Keri Ferguson (all of Phil Kean Design Group)!

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    The team members on this award-winning project include Todd Atkins, Senior Kitchen Designer; Phil Kean, Architect; and Keri Ferguson, Interior Designer, all of Phil Kean Design Group. The team’s objective was to demonstrate how the space could be beautifully designed using a combination of multiple colors and textures.

    Cabinets from Plato Woodwork’ INOVAE Classic line are used in contrasting colors of walnut, creamy whites, dark carbon, sparkling champagne and reflective glass in gray. A traditional walnut finish is showcased on the 10′ illuminated walnut hutch, which includes glass-front doors that highlight the contents. Walnut is also used in a chevron pattern on the island cabinetry, interior cabinetry in the TV niche, and custom hood built using a Panasonic 36″ range hood.

    The kitchen also features a range of interior storage options, including peg boards, spice racks, utensil dividers and roll-outs. Specialty spaces including a coffee bar and TV niche can be closed off and hidden behind their retractable bi-fold doors.

    Modo cabinet hardware from Schaub & Company adds a touch of gold, along with the Kohler Crue Semi-Professional Kitchen Faucet. The faucet is paired with Kohler’s Prolific Undermount Sink.

    The Signature Kitchen Suite appliances deliver luxury built-in cooking and refrigeration options. Included are: 48″ Dual-Fuel Range with Sous Vide and Induction, 30″ Double Wall Oven with Steam-Combi and Microwave Oven Drawer, all in stainless steel, as well as 30″ Integrated Panel-Ready Column Refrigerator and Freezer units, and Quadwash Panel-Ready Dishwasher.

    To contrast the Engineered Natural Walnut flooring, the designers used a bright white Viatera Quartz from LG Hausys for both the countertops and the backsplash. Idril Sconces in brushed nickel, as well as the Loop Linear fixture in brushed aluminum above the island – all from Kichler – provide illumination.

    See the full article here Kitchen Design Award Winners 2021.


  3. The History of Kitchen Design Elements and a Look Ahead

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    Today’s stunning contemporary kitchens demonstrate the best of the best in time-honored kitchen design elements, as well as the most cutting edge smart technology and more. As Phil Kean says, “The evolution of kitchen design through the decades gives our clients a remarkable range of evolved design elements from which to craft their personal contemporary kitchen. Each period is inspirational in its own right.” Here is a look at how we got to the here-and-now as modern kitchen design evolved over the decades.


    Imagine cooking with no electricity and no running water. Kitchens of centuries past involved a great deal of physical labor in order to even start the cooking process! Yet design elements from medieval, old world kitchens and pre-industrial age kitchens, like antiqued woods, metals and natural stone, still have a place in today’s forward-thinking kitchen designs.
    According to LuxPad, “Cooking in the Middle Ages was, like today, a sociable and communal affair. As the only source of light and heat, all activity revolved around a central fire.” Tables and seating were a part of cooking and family life even then.

    However, that changed as increasing travel brought new cuisines into the picture. For the wealthy that meant separate kitchens to support lavish feasts. For working families, the kitchen also became separate and primarily functional. “It was a sign of poor hospitality for any sounds or smells from the kitchen to permeate the rest of the house.” Thank goodness for the Industrial Revolution!


    By the early 1900s, household electricity and running water were the norm. Industrialization brought the evolution of kitchen design to a new era. Factories mass-produced fixtures, ever-more modern appliances, cabinetry, lighting and storage units, and gas stoves were introduced.

    In the 1920s, the kitchen design hit a new high. An Austrian architect, Margarete Shutte-Lihotzy, revolutionized the Frankfurt Kitchen, a prototype for the modern kitchen introduced the “golden triangle” of cooker, fridge and sink placed for maximum efficiency. It was such a design innovation that in 2011 the Museum of Modern Art created an entire show around it. Through the 1940s these integrated cooking spaces dramatically influenced the course of kitchen evolution.


    In the 1950s, the modern kitchen design truly took off. New products such as laminates and linoleum hit the market. Paint color became a fashion statement. International design influences became more prevalent. However, one of the biggest movers and shakers behind modern kitchen design becoming all the rage, was perhaps the first pop culture celebrity chef, Julia Child. With an enormously popular TV show, gourmet cooking became a fast-spreading craze.

    Yet kitchens were still closed off rooms. The open plan kitchen, a concept by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was still rare in the 1950s, but many mark the ‘50s as the decade that paved the way for their rise to popularity.

    Phil Kean says that, “Contemporary kitchens, as well as much of the open and airy contemporary home designs of today, certainly must pay homage to the great influences of Frank Lloyd Wright and the advent of mid-century modern architecture.”

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    By the 1980s, open kitchen designs were the darlings of architects and their clients worldwide. From mass-produced family houses to the most luxe of custom home designs, the open kitchen plan was here to stay.

    Contemporary open kitchen styles have made the kitchen island a mainstay design element. Both stylish and functional, kitchen islands themselves have evolved to become a focal point for socializing and entertaining as well as truly establishing the contemporary kitchen as the heart of the home. Islands and peninsulas can define areas of the kitchen and delineate cooking zones with built in cooktops, sinks and prep stations for home chefs to show off their talents, as well as comfortable gathering places for conversation, dining and even homework.

    Additionally, Phil Kean and his design group have been leaders in extending the evolution of kitchen design that transitions from indoors to outdoors for a seamless experience that brings the evolution of kitchen design right into 2018 and beyond.


    For designing your own personalized custom kitchen evolution, whether to remodel a space or design a new custom home, you’ll want to visit our Phil Kean Kitchen & Bath showroom and explore our curated collections of kitchen lighting, flooring, smart appliances, stunning fixtures and so much more. Phil Kean says, “When it comes to helping our clients create a personalized kitchen that reflects their own tastes and styles, we’ve brought the best elements of design together in one place. And they’ll love the ease of working with our professional experts.”

    For more information about custom gourmet smart kitchen designs contact Phil Kean Kitchen & Bath LLC to schedule your private consultation.