Clarke Has Designed a Day Just For You

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

Clarke's Top 10 Kitchens - Summer 2018

Posted by Clarke

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

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

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

Posted by Clarke

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

What’s in Your Sub-Zero?

Posted by Jenny Tredeau

Jun 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

I have been educating homeowners about Sub-Zero refrigeration for over 16 years. Superior food preservation is not only key to the health and well-being of families, but also helps their pocketbooks. In fact, studies have shown that families typically waste up to $600 a year in food spoilage, which a Sub-Zero refrigerator can save with its exceptional technology. Whether you select a classic stainless steel Sub-Zero Built-In model or a designer’s favorite Integrated model, you can enjoy both a style unique to your kitchen and savings from their superior performance.

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

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

Posted by Clarke

Jun 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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

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

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

Six Extraordinary Kitchens Win Clarke Kitchen Design Awards

Posted by Clarke

May 11, 2018 10:16:56 AM

Every two years Clarke hosts its Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest to celebrate the best kitchen designs in New England. This year's six winners were just announced. Clarke received 75 qualifying entries and the judging took place on March 14th, with Chris Pagliaro of Pagliaro, Bartels and Sajda, Laurie Grebowski of Fay's Fine Cabinetry, Paul Reidt of Kochman, Reidt + Haigh and David Andreozzi of Andreozzi Architects judging this year's competition. The judges were very impressed with the caliber of design we see in New England. Clarke awarded $15,000 in prize money to a first and second place winner in three categories: Traditional Kitchen, Contemporary Kitchen and Transitional Kitchen.

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Topics: Clarke Design Contest, Adolfo Perez Architects, Clarke Kitchen Design Contest, Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Deane Inc, Newton Kitchen & Design, Vani Sayeed Studios, Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Christopher Peacock

Clarke's Culinary Beehive is Busy as Ever

Posted by Clarke

Apr 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM

You may know that Clarke broke with tradition when designing the prep kitchen in their Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove Showroom and Test Kitchen in Milford, Mass. When the showroom was completely remodeled in 2017, the once-hidden prep kitchen was designed as a glassed-in "culinary theater" of sorts, where showroom visitors could see the chef activity going on in real-time. The space, painted a striking yellow with black accents, has under-counter and under-toe kick lights that give the space a special glow.

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Topics: Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, Clarke, Milford Showroom, small plates, prep kitchen, Johnson & Wales

Sean Clarke to Moderate Boston Design Week Panel

Posted by Clarke

Mar 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

BDW_invite_FINAL[3].jpg7 Tide, Clarke's popular design destination in Boston Seaport, will host "Building Before Building: Augmenting Design with Technology, " an innovative and informative panel discussion on April 5 from 5:30-7:30 PM, during Boston Design Week. Clarke President Sean Clarke will moderate the panel of cutting edge design experts.

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Topics: Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, 7 Tide, Marvin WIndows and Doors, Clarke, A.W. Hastings, Boston Design Week, Sean Clarke

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