The Tide Has Come In...

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Jun 2, 2016 10:49:54 AM

By Jenny Tredeau - Clarke Showroom Consultant

Clarke has recently opened a new showroom at 7 Tide, in Boston’s Seaport. There has been so much interest in the showroom that we couldn't postpone opening any longer, though our early guests are still seeing us putting the finishing touches on this beautiful space. One handcrafted hood hasn't arrived (and it's going to be stunning!) The furniture that will make our demo kitchen a "theater" is due in soon. The exterior is still being clad and our    o
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Topics: Sub-Zero, Clarke Showroom, New England designers, Wolf Appliances, Sub-Zero appliances, 7 Tide, Boston Showroom

Clarke Unveils Understated Elegance Kitchen in South Norwalk Showroom

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Feb 16, 2016 4:24:11 PM

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In April of 2001, Clarke opened its South Norwalk (SoNo), Connecticut showroom, the second in New England to inspire jaw-dropping visits from designers and homeowners alike. Fans visited from all over Fairfield County and beyond, and the area that garnered the most comments inside the 10,000-square-foot showroom was the English Country kitchen right inside the entrance. With its extraordinary cabinetry, hand-painted tile, massive granite-topped island, three cooktop options and revolutionary cabinet-clad Sub-Zero refrigeration, homeowners came from far and wide to study the elements they wanted to incorporate into their own homes.

 The classic design elements and quality materials stood the test of time, as Clarke remodeled areas throughout the showroom over the past 15 years, but left the English Country kitchen in tact for all to see...until now.

 In 2016, Clarke SoNo has unveiled a stunning replacement for that iconic kitchen. Vincent Cappello of Putnam Kitchens worked with Clarke Showroom Manager Marco Barallon to create a new magnet for all who want to explore the latest in kitchen design and technology. The result is a stunning transitional expression of Dutch Made cabinetry, Sub-Zero food preservation, the latest in cooking technology from Wolf, Wenge wood accents and so much more.

In 2001, visitors often used the phrase "a feast for the eyes" as their immediate reaction to entering the SoNo space and laying eyes on the first kitchen. "Our recent visitors are even more entranced now," said Barallon, who reports dozens of designers are already escorting clients in to demonstrate elements they plan to incorporate into designs. In fact, in an unprecedented moment, Clarke CEO Tom Clarke recently saw the new kitchen for the first time and said, "This is what I want, wrap it up," referring to his intent to replicate the entire design in his own new home in Massachusetts.

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"I wanted the custom cabinetry to reflect the newest thinking in design and engineering," said Cappello."It needed to complement the new technology being employed by Sub-Zero and Wolf in their iconic appliances. Together they needed to make a bold new statement."

In a style Clarke customers have already dubbed as "Understated Elegance," Cappello selected luxurious finishes that are subtle at the same time.

"We worked with Dutch Made to design a custom door and drawer just for Clarke," said Cappello. "If you look closely, the drawer head is part of the door design. They are not designed to look as if they are two different design elements."

 

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The cabinet facades are painted a soft custom grey and each offers surprises when opened. Special lighting illuminates the fine walnut interiors, a detail that adds a level of elegance and sophistication that is unexpected, yet perfect in this kitchen. All drawers employ a special mechanism, which allows the homeowner to simply touch any drawer, as well as the hidden pantry columns, to open them automatically. For those who do not want to utilize handles or knobs in their design, this is a perfect solution.

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When replacing the stone of the original massive English Country kitchen island, Clarke knew they needed a new level of extraordinary to greet visitors. The new stone island and countertops, by Infinity Stone Inc., have provided the requisite "wow factor." Stone artisans have mitered every exposed edge. The stone was meticulously seamed in a book match pattern on the island and the full-height backsplash. This means the pattern and grain on the left side mirror the image on the right. In addition, in a Herculean effort of fabrication, a niche was carved out of the thick quartzite backsplash over the range to create a focal point.

"We also added drama by framing the elevations with high-gloss Wenge veneer," explained Cappello. "These are complemented by the radius ends of the island, which are also finished is solid Wenge wood fabricated by Raging River Counterworks."

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One end of the island was designed for seating, with an overhang that is also lit beneath to show the detailed under panels. On the other end, wood top artisans at Raging River Counter Works crafted a solid Wenge wood prep center with a solid wood sink and chopping space with built-in knife slots. Their  proprietary "Watershed Finish" is designed to provide years of use, and the gleaming Waterstone faucet sits like a jewel atop this part of the island.

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The appliances are both luxurious and subtle as well, with Sub-Zero's 30" integrated column refrigerator and matching 30" integrated column freezer appearing to be more like mirror-clad armoires than appliances, accurately reflecting Cappello's need to be both elegant and understated. The integrated refrigerator drawers are more undetectable than ever, with the cabinet door design deceiving the eye.

To keep the subtle grey, white and stainless pallet in tact, Cappello opted for the stainless knobs (as opposed to the iconic red) on the

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Topics: Clarke Showroom, kitchen design, kitchen designers, Sub-Zero Refrigerator Drawers, Wolf Coffee System, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf Range, Wolf Induction Cooktop, Clarke South Norwalk Showroom

Chef Brittany Recipes from Clarke Thanksgiving YouTube Video Stream

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Nov 24, 2015 5:37:57 PM

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Topics: Clarke Showroom, Wolf, Recipe, Chef Brittany Wezner, Thanksgiving Turkey

Clarke Chef Brittany Hosts Turkey Talk on You Tube

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Nov 18, 2015 3:54:47 PM

On Saturday, November  21st, Clarke Chef Brittany Wezler (formally Brittany Williams) will be answering the most-asked questions about cooking a holiday turkey in a Wolf oven, in a live streaming video program from  11AM - 1PM on Clarke's YouTube Channel.

Every year Clarke showrooms in Milford, MA and South Norwalk, CT, receive hundreds of calls looking for information about how to cook the perfect holiday turkey in a Wolf oven. This year, the Clarke team has decided to leverage technology to share knowledge with as many Wolf owners as possible right before the holidays.

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Topics: Clarke Showroom, Wolf Convection Steam Oven, Wolf Range, Wolf Wall Oven, Thanksgiving Turkey, Wolf Oven

Your Kitchen Design Questions Answered at Free Clarke Spring Seminars

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Feb 26, 2015 5:23:27 PM

Back by popular demand, Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, is hosting its second Spring Seminar Series in Milford, Massachustts. Homeowners are welcome to attend just one or all four of the seminars for free on select Saturdays in March and April.

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Topics: Clarke Showroom, Spring Seminar Series

Clarke Plans a Surprise Wolf Test Drive Birthday!

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Feb 4, 2015 11:25:33 AM

by Jenny Tredeau, Milford Showroom Consultant

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Topics: Clarke Showroom, Wolf Gas Rangetop, Wolf Test Drive,

Ireland's "Chef of the People" To Cook at Clarke and You're Invited on the Eve of Boston's iFest!

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Aug 11, 2014 2:52:00 PM

On the eve of his appearance at iFest, the three-day premium festival showcasing contemporary Irish culture, entertainment and innovation at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center, Ireland's award-winning Chef Kevin Dundon is taking a detour to Clarke to share his culinary skills in an exciting foodie event where he will demonstrate some of his signature recipes. These are the tastes of Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Wexford on Ireland's south coast, where Dundon is the chef and proprietor, and Raglan Road Irish Gastropub in Downtown Disney in Orlando, where he is the signature chef. KevinDundon-photo-1

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Topics: Clarke Showroom, Clarke Culinary Center, Chef Kevin Dundon, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Irish Cooking

4 Ways to Learn About Sub-Zero & Wolf Appliances at a Clarke Showroom

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Aug 7, 2014 5:12:00 PM

Clarke is New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen with one location in Milford, Massachusetts, right off Route 495, and the other in South Norwalk, Connecticut, right off Route 95. These showrooms are unlike any other place in New England for designers and homeowners creating new and remodeled kitchens.

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Topics: Clarke Showroom, kitchen design, Wolf Appliances, Sub-Zero appliances

4 Tips for the Pefect BBQ on a Wolf Gas Grill

Posted by Kelly McCoy

May 22, 2014 10:32:35 AM

In anticipation of Memorial Day Weekend, which is seen by many as the beginning of the grilling season in New England, we are sharing Clarke Chef Brittany Williams' four easy tips to make your grilling successful. Chef Brittany recently worked on several videos (soon to hit YouTube) talking about how you can utilize a Wolf Gas Grill outdoors and Wolf Charbroiler indoors to enjoy great barbecue taste year-round.

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Topics: Clarke Showroom, Summer Entertaining, Wolf Gas Grills, Grilling Tips, Wolf Outdoor Barbecue

Clarke Introduces Wolf One-Touch Coffee System with Automatic "Super-Barista" Features

Posted by Kelly McCoy

May 1, 2014 4:30:00 PM

You may have been hearing the buzz for a long time...Wolf, the industry leader in premium cooking equipment, is introducing a built-in coffee system. Well, not only is it true; it is now at Clarke - ready for you to test drive.  

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Topics: Clarke Showroom, kitchen design, Design, Wolf Appliances, Wolf Coffee System

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