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Clarke Named “Top Places to Work” by The Boston Globe

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Nov 16, 2018 10:54:30 AM

Best Places to Work

Since its launch more than 25 years ago, Clarke has always been focused on people. It’s a family-owned corporation, with two generations of Clarke family working together in the business today. Clarke’s connection to the appliance and kitchen industry go back a third generation, to Jim Clarke, Sr., who owned an appliance store in Connecticut before he joined Sub-Zero founder Westye Bakke as his first New England sales representative. Each Clarke generation has been about customer service excellence, great industry partnerships and treating their employees well.

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Topics: Sean Clarke, Clarke Showroom, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, The Boston Globe, Top Places to Work, Tom Clarke

Full Steam Ahead with Wolf’s NEW Convection Steam Oven

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Oct 31, 2018 9:21:49 AM

The Wolf Convection Steam Oven is the #1 add-on to kitchen designs after a visit to Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove Showroom and Test Kitchen. How could you not fall in love with an appliance that allows you to turn dried pasta, tomatoes and fresh herbs into a delicious meal in less than 30 minutes without a pot or pan to clean?! Or maybe creating bakery quality crusts effortlessly is more to your taste? Done. You truly have to see the Wolf Convection Steam Oven in action to appreciate what it will do for your life.

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Topics: Clarke, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Wolf Convection Steam Oven

Clarke Serves Up Pint-Sized Culinary Adventures

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Oct 9, 2018 10:32:39 AM

Have you noticed that television networks are serving up cooking shows designed specifically for the youngest chefs in the family? PBS has “Hey Kids, Let’s Cook!” Food Network produced “Kid Chef Nation,” “Food Network Star Kids,” “Chopped Junior” and “Kids Baking Championship.” Taking the wave to a new level is America’s Test Kitchen (ATK), Clarke’s 7 Tide neighbor, who recently debuted its ATK Kids Fest on September 16, featuring cooking demos, food-related science experiments and sampling in Boston Seaport. This month ATK releases “The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs,” offering simple recipes and photos of necessary kitchen tools and a glossary of cooking terms. They actually have board books for toddlers on the drawing board.

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Topics: #ClarkeKids, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Clarke Culinary Center

Clarke’s Culinary Team Offers Singular Sensory Experiences

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Sep 25, 2018 1:22:22 PM

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When Clarke opened its first showroom in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, more than a quarter-century ago, one of the defining features was live cooking. “There’s nothing more captivating when designing a kitchen than to walk into an appliance showroom and smell the aroma of cookies baking,” says Clarke President Sean Clarke. “For that reason, we have evolved into a place where homeowners can design a kitchen using all of their senses: sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste. The importance of the last two (smell and taste) have inspired us to hire and train one of New England’s finest culinary teams.”

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Topics: Clarke, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Culinary, Clarke Culinary Center, small plates

Clarke Has Designed a Day Just For You

Posted by Clarke

Sep 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM

AskTheExpert

Designing a new kitchen is exciting and, at times, it can seem overwhelming. It’s a big investment and requires dozens, sometimes even hundreds, of individual choices and decisions. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could discuss your thoughts and questions with experts who are adept and knowledgeable about all of the elements of luxury kitchen design? Consider it done.

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Topics: Clarke South Norwalk Showroom, 7 Tide, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen

Clarke's Top 10 Kitchens - Summer 2018

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Sep 4, 2018 10:00:00 AM

At Clarke, we are always interested to see the innovative use of Sub-Zero and Wolf, whether they are brought front and center with gleaming stainless, signature red knobs and multiple ovens or deftly integrated behind surfaces that make the appliances disappear into a room that is more furniture than traditional kitchen. Take a look at our top picks of the summer from New England’s finest designers...

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Topics: Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Monthly Top 10, Top 10

Experience Sophisticated Kitchen at Clarke South Norwalk

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Aug 21, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Clarke in South Norwalk continually offers designers and homeowners new reasons to visit the award-wining Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove showroom. Known as the place in Fairfield County to visit for kitchen design inspiration and valuable knowledge about the latest kitchen technology, Clarke has just unveiled a sophisticated take on fine furniture and a functional home workspace. The stunning newly remodeled space helps discerning homeowners imagine new ways to integrate a kitchen into the living area in their home.060518_Brass_Kitchen_01

This new kitchen is the brilliant result of a design collaboration between KLAFFS’ Nick Geragi and Annette DePaepe, CKD, CBD, ASID and Clarke Corporate Showroom Manager Marco Barallon. “Whenever we remodel a Clarke Showroom kitchen, we want the result to be a great surprise for our visitors,” said Barallon. “We want to wrap new materials and concepts around Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in ways that inspire both designers and homeowners.” In fact, the beautiful cabinets, countertops and rich finishes used in this project show off 8 different Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in a small space.

The new space artfully combines buffed, high-gloss walnut, antique mercury mirrors, brass, and antique silver metal finishes. “While not large, our design exemplifies the idea that a kitchen can be successfully integrated into the living area of any home,” said Geragi. “To do this, we chose to design the cabinetry using furniture details that defined each work center of the kitchen as a furniture piece.”

A stunning, custom-brushed brass island countertop, paired with KLAFFS Signature Series furniture and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances create a very special space, inspiring designers and their clients to think out of the box about connecting a kitchen with the space beyond.

Exquisite Finishes and Details Make the Difference

Within each bank of cabinets, each cabinet is separated by a buffed high-gloss walnut vertical leg. The high-gloss leg was stained and then glazed using a second color and features a soft curved foot at its base. Using the glaze color found in the wood grain of the walnut legs, the cabinet doors and drawers feature a hand-painted satin brush stroke paint application. This technique was used to add texture while softening the look of the high gloss finish. At the toe space of each section a horizontal element also featuring the buffed stained walnut adds definition to the furniture concept while completing the furniture concept.

The Sub-Zero Refrigerator and Freezer, as well as built-in Wolf Coffee System and Wolf Microwave ovens are incorporated in a tall wall block. Below the coffee system a pull-out countertop is provided as a work surface, while the microwave is close at hand for reheating. The refrigerator and freezer are clad in matching panels designed to look like a furniture armoire. The face panels feature curved mullions mounted to antique mirrors with a row of what looks like four pull-out drawers below. These simulated drawer heads are adorned with a classic furniture ring pull. This hardware ring is repeated in several areas throughout the design tying the home workspace together.

“The free-standing island with its 2-1/2” thick custom brushed brass countertop is a favorite for visitors,” said Barallon. “It is totally unexpected and visually connects with everything in the space.” The island is designed and built as a chest of ten drawers similar to a low-boy side board. The chest is totally finished in the buffed high-gloss walnut finish and stands well above the floor on four vertical legs. At the base of the chest, instead of a storage shelf, the graceful heavy mullion detail, found on the face of the refrigerator and freezer, is repeated. At the intersection of these curved mullions, a diamond-shaped joining block is finished in a gun metal metallic paint.

Other furniture appointments include arched mullions and antique mercury mirrors. Both brass and antique silver metal finishes have been added as “jewelry pieces.” Using a neutral palette, each wall was first surfaced with a textured 12” x 24” stone porcelain tile installed in a brick pattern. This subtle application was specifically selected as a backdrop allowing the furniture pieces to be featured.

Tahiti Quartzite was chosen for the cook top and sink section countertops, and an effort was made to use no wall cabinets, but rather use illuminated floating shelves that provide both easy access storage of dishes and glassware, as well as display space you would find in a living room at home. All elements combine for a stunning transitional design that could be emulated in a small urban space or expanded upon in a gracious, expansive home.

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Topics: Clarke Sono, Clarke South Norwalk Showroom, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Klaffs, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, Sub-Zero appliances, Wolf Appliances

1926: Sub-Zero and the Transformation of the American Kitchen

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Jul 31, 2018 1:25:04 PM

In the early twentieth century, Westye Bakke packed up his wife and two young children on his motorcycle with sidecar to move to Madison, Wisconsin, in search of opportunity. In the 1930s, he began experimenting with refrigeration, inspired by the need to find a better way to store the insulin his young son, Bud, needed for his juvenile diabetes. Existing freezers didn’t do a reliable job of preserving food, medicine and other necessities. Fellow Wisconsin native, architect Frank Lloyd Wright heard of Bakke’s aptitude for designing refrigeration and hired Bakke as a consultant to help create uniquely sized refrigerators for his residential projects. Clarence Birdseye, known as the pioneer of the frozen food industry, also called on Bakke to help perfect quick-freezing techniques that would better preserve the flavor and texture of vegetables and produce.Screen-Shot-2018-07-03-at-9.47.04-AM

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Topics: Sub-Zero appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Clarke, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Wolf Appliances, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances

Sub-Zero and Wolf Recognized as Top Choices by Builders and Remodelers

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Jun 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Remodeling magazine: Sub-Zero & Wolf at the Very Top

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Topics: Clarke, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Remodeling Magazine, Builder Magazine

Farm-to-Table: Chef John Craig's Way

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May 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Clarke's chef in South Norwalk, John Craig, spends hours tending to his gardens and the spoils often enhance the dishes he creates for Clarke Showroom visitors. He and Clarke SoNo Showroom Consultant Uschi Samaritano are a wealth of knowledge about how farm to table is really done. We'll be sharing their abundant knowledge in several blog posts, as it is as plentiful as their almost year-round harvests.

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Topics: Farm to Table, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Clarke South Norwalk Showroom, Clarke Sono, Garden

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