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
Cabinetry: Snaidero and
Plain & Fancy (breakfront);
Appliances: Miele,
Snaidero and
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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