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

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

So Much More Than a Place to Cook - The Kitchen at The Neely House in Boston

Posted by Clarke

Apr 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Several years ago, Clarke President Sean Clarke met former Boston Bruin Cam Neely and the two immediately hit it off. The Boston Bruins retired Neely's No. 8 jersey on Jan 12, 2004, following his difficult decision to retire in 1996, at age 31, a result of his struggle with a persistent knee injury and a degenerative hip condition. Ten years earlier, Neely's family lost their mother and father to cancer in 1987 and 1993. Following their deaths, the Neely family felt an urgency to turn the tragedy of losing their parents into something significant to help other families struggling with a cancer diagnosis. The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care was established in 1995 and has raised millions of dollars for facilities and cancer treatments at Tufts Medical Center in Boston over the past 20 years.Cam-Neely.jpg
In 1997, The Neely House was opened as bed-and-breakfast style home away from home for cancer patients and their families. It was created to fill an important need - to help pediatric and adult cancer patients and their families while undergoing treatment. The house is an environment in which families who stay there can talk with others in similar situations while being near loved ones in a warm, home-like setting.Cam-littlegirl.jpg

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Topics: Cam Neely, Cancer Foundation, Clarke, Neely Foundation, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Sub-Zero appliances, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, Boston

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 Announces Kitchen Design Trends from Sub-Zero & Wolf Design Contest Winners

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Feb 9, 2016 7:09:06 PM

When Sub-Zero and Wolf polled the 53 regional design contest winners (including New England's David Hacin, Rosemary Porto and Heather Kahler) in the 2015 Kitchen Design Contest, a list of trends started to emerge.

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Topics: Wolf Convection Steam Oven, kitchen designers, Wolf Appliances, Sub-Zero Integrated Refrigerators, Sub-Zero appliances, Wolf Induction Cooktop, Kitchen Design Trends

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

It Makes a Difference Where Your Range, Refrigerator or Cooktop is Built

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Jun 26, 2014 2:44:44 PM

by Brian Bugler, Clarke Digital Marketing & Events Manager

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Topics: Sub-Zero, Wolf Appliances, Sub-Zero appliances, Appliance quality, Sub-Zero refrigerators, American-made appliances, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances

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