Honorable Mention: Opposites Attract

An inspired showhouse kitchen tackles dichotomies
By Alice Liao
October 23, 2012

For the 2011 edition of DreamHome, an annual showhouse in The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, designer Shawna Dillon, of Snaidero Chicago, responded to the challenge of developing a fresh, compelling kitchen concept with a meditation on opposites: masculine and feminine, smooth and rough, refined and industrial and old and new.

Throughout, textured, dark-wood slab-door cabinets—visually lightened with slim recessed channels—are juxtaposed with weighty stainless-steel cabinetry and appliances. Counterbalancing the contemporary pieces are vintage elements, such as a traditional painted breakfront and twin chandeliers suspended over a central island. Multileveled, the oversized island comprises a table with chairs for family meals, as well as a counter-height work surface and seating to allow users to socialize with the cook or grab a quick bite.

Keeping the aesthetic clean and easy, white Calcutta Gold marble tops and contrasts the espresso-toned island and base cabinetry along the kitchen perimeter. Wall cabinets are few, further enhancing the kitchen’s open feel.

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Shawna Dillon, ASIDSnaidero Chicago, Chicago Manufacturers: Cabinetry: Snaidero and Plain & Fancy (breakfront); Appliances: Miele, Wolf, Snaidero and Sub-Zero; Countertops: Granite Innovations (marble), Snaidero (stainless steel); Faucets: Dornbracht; Sink: Julien; Hardware: Snaidero and Katonah Architectural Hardware Floor tile: Paris Ceramics; Lighting: Bradley Hughes and Remains Lighting; Dining chairs: Henredon; Stools: Knoll; Moldings: Star Moulding; Planters: Plain & Fancy; Accessories: Kenneth Ludwig Home, Casa Bella and West Elm; Runner: Odegard; Shades: Duralee Fabrics; Wall paint: Benjamin Moore; Windows: Schaaf Window Co. ; Photography: © Tony Soluri Photography and David Burk, Hedrich Blessing
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