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

Clarke's 6th This Old House TV Show

Posted by Clarke

Apr 6, 2017 2:41:23 PM

Clarke's 6th This Old House TV Show

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Topics: Sub-Zero, kitchen design, Wolf, This Old House, Wolf Appliances

Clarke Chef Serves Up Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted by Clarke

Nov 16, 2016 10:57:14 AM

Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, is always delighted to share the cooking knowledge and expertise found within its three locations. There is no single time of year where our showroom consultants and chefs receive more questions by phone or email than in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Most Sub-Zero and Wolf owners take great pride in preparing delicious food and Thanksgiving kicks off a holiday season with hundreds of reasons to share food with friends and family. Here you will find recipes and instructions that will help answer the questions most asked of our Clarke team at this time of year.

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

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

Would Thomas Jefferson Choose Sub-Zero & Wolf Appliances for Monticello?

Posted by Kelly McCoy

Jan 13, 2015 9:56:00 AM

From the time he took his domestic servant James Hemings to Paris in 1784 to learn French cookery, Thomas Jefferson made sure that his cooks were trained to prepare meals in the French manner. According to the official Monticello website dedicated to Jefferson's iconic home, Hemings passed his skills on to his brother Peter, while servants Edith Fossett and kitchen1_smFanny Hern received years of training from a French chef in the President's House at Washington. On Jefferson's retirement in 1809, they returned to Monticello to find a new kitchen that replaced the old one in the cellar of the South Pavilion. The site of meal preparation was now a much larger space. And, instead of preparing all the food at an intensely-hot open hearth, Edith Fossett and Fanny Hern monitored soups and sauces simmering in copper pans on a built-in stew stove like the one they had used in the President's House. Common in Europe, but relatively rare in the United States, this precursor of the kitchen range had charcoal fires in grated cast-iron openings and could be regulated more precisely than a roaring fireplace.

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Topics: Wolf Appliances, Sub-Zero Integrated Refrigerators, Sub-Zero Refrigerator Drawers, Wolf Coffee System, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, Waterstone Faucets, Wolf Wall Ovens, Monticello in Somers, CT

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

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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