Clarke Has Designed a Day Just For You

Posted by Clarke

Sep 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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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

Experience Sophisticated Kitchen at Clarke South Norwalk

Posted by Clarke

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

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

Posted by Clarke

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

Visit Clarke Now and You May Win a Day with Chef Lidia Bastianich

Posted by Clarke

Mar 13, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Clarke is pleased to announce a unique offer for homeowners who make their first visit to a Clarke showroom between now and May 1, 2018. This offer is designed to inspire homeowners who are considering Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances to take the next step in their exploration. When you enjoy your first visit to a Clarke showroom in Boston Seaport, Milford, Mass. or South Norwalk, Conn., during March or April, you will be entered into a drawing to spend a day on the television set of Chef Lidia Bastianch on May 17th.

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Topics: Clarke, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Chef Lidia Bastianich, Lidia's Italy, Lidia's Kitchen, Clarke South Norwalk Showroom, Clarke Showroom, 7 Tide

Clarke Hosts Ellie's Real Good Food Second Television Season in South Norwalk

Posted by Clarke

Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

For more than a decade, Clarke's Milford, MA showroom was home to Chef Ming Tsai's public television show Simply Ming. For many years, the culinary center inside Clarke's South Norwalk, CT showroom has been the television studio for Chef Lidia Bastianich's Lidia's Kitchen show on public television. Now, for the second year in a row, Ellie Krieger has chosen the demonstration kitchen at Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, in South Norwalk as her "home kitchen" for taping the cooking portion of her 13 episodes of Ellie's Real Good Food.IMG_0981

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Topics: Clarke, Ellie Krieger, Ellie's Real Good Food, Clarke South Norwalk Showroom, Ming Tsai, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen

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

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