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Top 10 Trends
from the 2010 NKBA Design Competition.
Soft Geometry
Earl Lawson
V6B Design Group, Vancouver, BC
The strength of a line and the movement it induces as the line bends,
carves a self-directed path throughout a room when incorporated with
purpose. This can be seen in kitchen and bath design as the bended,
rounded shape of an arch or light fixture directs not only the eye, but
traffic and task path. This assists in creating defined spaces. Rounded
hearth and ceiling arches, along with curved bar and countertop edges,
give this kitchen a circular and organic appeal, while also softening the
more angular aspects of the room. Designer Earl Lawson indicates
that the initial directive from the client was their desire for a traditional
space with casual elegance. “The curves provide both the casual and
the elegance,” said Lawson, while also explaining that the challenge of
an awkward space induced a creative solution in the shape of the island.
From the challenge of an oddly shaped space, arose a stunning and
classic kitchen that balances the border between contemporary and
traditional tastes.
Space Subtleties
Lori Carroll
Lori Carroll & Associates, Tucson, AZ
Fixtures once confined by location are now incorporated into kitchen
and bath designs in almost limitless ways. Bold and uninterrupted space
allowed to flow without disruption is subtle in its presence, but in this
powder room, that space is created by the prominently placed wall-
mounted natural agate slab vanity. “I chose to float the vanity not only
because this extraordinary slab needed to become the focal point of
the room, but also because suspending it gives the illusion of spacious-
ness in a small area, especially against the mirrored wall,” explained the
designer, Lori Carroll. Wall-mounted toilets and floating vanities allow for
a design-driven room rather than one confined by fixtures and appliances
anchored to the floor. In addition, the unobstructed and open floor space
implies movement and a freer use of space. In the kitchen, appliances are
stacked and positioned within islands and are signs of how space can be
manipulated to achieve a desired result in the design.
Jason Van Der Burg
©William Lesch