Look for the Award Winners of our chapter’s first Design Competition in the Fall 2013 Issue of Luxe Magazine.
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We wanted to let you know that due to KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) that we skipped having a chapter meeting this month. Who went to KBIS and will share some of the excitement with us?
Till next time, check back with us…
Humans are quite inspired in the kitchen and we are affected by colors, smells, and tastes. The kitchen is a great canvas for us in all these areas. As many of us are designers, why not use the kitchen as an art gallery?
I was looking around on Pinterest today and this kitchen photo really affected me. “Wow!” I thought. “I would love to sit at this eating bar and look at the kitchen and the artwork that the homeowner, or the designer, placed on the wall.” it is very moving and makes a statement. I must also add that I am puzzled by the lights on either side of the painting. Are they heat lamps? Hmmm.
I thought I would share it with you…What do you think?
Have a fabulous day!
We had our March Chapter meeting on Thursday, March 28th and it was awesome!
It was held at Builder’s Appliance Center’s (BAC) fabulous showroom and what a great turnout we had: over 70 people! Many learned quite a bit about designing outdoor kitchens as well as the usual fabulous social time with all the members and friends that they see at these meetings.
Attendees commented that this was perfect timing for them as they are currently in the midst of designing outdoor kitchens. Everyone got good hints on getting the best kinds of data for their designs for instance:
- how the homeowner or client is planning on using the outdoor space;
- the importance of designing landing spaces around the cooking areas;
- we were fascinated to learn that ventilation hoods are necessary when enclosing a grill under combustible material (common to our area is a pergola); who knew?
- and yes, dust will accumulate in the outdoor cabinets regardless of the design.
I think that anyone who loves the outdoors, especially our friends and clients in this area, would benefit from the best ways to design outdoor kitchens that our speaker, Don Sivesind presented. Personally, I love these events as I get to interact with all the talented and warm people that attend.
Till next time, have a wonderful day!
Having a great time at the chapter meeting!
For those designers who are in the Denver area and plan to participate in the CKD/CBD exam at KBIS on April 18th, 2013. The deadline for the application is January 11th, 2013!
For more information on the KBIS exam, and application form information: CKD/CBD Exam
The date for the Spring Prep Course is will be March 16th, 2013, location TBA, please contact Nowell for more information:
Does anyone else feel as sad as I do about this?
The Art Institute of Colorado announced in August that they were “… no longer offering Kitchen and Bath Design, effective immediately.” That means that the program many of us in the local chapter worked very hard to get up and running is now going away. AIC management say the program was a victim of declining enrollment. I feel the real issue is that this program was an orphan with no champion on the AIC staff.
I love being part of the kitchen and bath industry and, yes, I like knowledge. I do have lots of letters after my name. I have been in the kitchen and bath industry for over 30 years and I don’t know about my audience here, but in my view the kitchen is often a secondary consideration to the rest of the house, even though, in practice, it is almost always a center of family activity. My experience with new home construction is that builders typically invest a disproportionately small amount of money in the cabinets and the kitchen. I mean, come on now! We are talking about the heart of the home and this is how it is viewed? Leftovers? It may be different now, but I don’t think so. The Art Institute decision is just another variation of the low importance given to kitchen and bath design by the industry. Why didn’t anyone fight for the kitchen and bath program?
I eagerly volunteered to be an advocate for the program back in 2008. I waved my hands and said, “Let me! Let me help and be a voice!” Now it is over. I feel sad there will be no more kitchen and bath classes at AIC; no more 20-20 classes; no more kitchen design or bath design classes based on NKBA guidelines. We put a fantastic program together and educated many young professionals who have become superb additions to the industry. Now we’ll return to cabinet salespeople with less knowledge of design or functionality.
I am happy to be assisting the last two students in the program along their way with classes that will help them get their AA in kitchen design. It is fun teaching them and they are two very bright young ladies who are working hard to complete the program in the remaining time AIC has allotted. Good for them. At least the Art Institute will ensure they get to finish their degrees.
I do feel grateful for that.
Angie Lawrence, MA, CMKBD has been in the kitchen and bath industry for over 35 years, is a faculty member of the Art Institute of Colorado, and has been teaching 20-20 design software for over 10 years. email@example.com Web site: www.3dinteriorimages.com