Jenn-Air, in partnership with Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer and NKBA Hall of Fame member Ellen Cheever, is proud to unveil the forward trend kitchen at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago on April 16th. A leading authority in the design world, Cheever has incorporated the new Jenn-Air® collection of super premium appliances into a kitchen design concept that spans generations. The Jenn-Air® kitchen, which will showcase Cheever's thoughtful execution of a universally usable kitchen, serves the evolving needs of a multi-generational family.
"Gone are the days of the kitchen being in the backdrop with a single user," notes Cheever. "The contemporary kitchen is central and demands purposeful design with universal functionality for multiple generations. The forward trend kitchen I've created with Jenn-Air is a space that balances high design with smart functionality to accommodate users at various life stages."
Beyond showcasing modern trends in kitchen layout and luxury appliances, Cheever's kitchen addresses a common problem in high-end kitchen design: seamlessly combining sleek contemporary or European styled cabinetry with American appliances.
"Because typical European metric-sized frameless cabinetry has a six-inch toe kick, and American appliances have a four-inch toe kick, it's often a challenge for designers to combine them in one kitchen and create the fully integrated look clients seek," said Cheever. "The Jenn-Air® kitchen will offer multiple examples of how this integration can be achieved."
To share this knowledge with more designers, Cheever and Jenn-Air are partnering to create a Continuing Education Course (CEU) that focuses on design instead of products. Scheduled to be released in the fall, the course will provide Cheever's learnings and advice for integrating American appliances with European-styled contemporary cabinetry, as well as creating a kitchen for multi-generational use.
"We are very excited to be a part of this groundbreaking continuing education class featuring one of the industry's foremost experts," said Juliet Johnson, manager of Jenn-Air brand experience. "Jenn-Air is committed to engaging and sharing useful information with the design community through a variety of channels that include on-site designer training programs, the Jenn-Air website and the currently available CEU courses already found on JennAir.com."
The kitchen will include a butler's pantry, custom appliance paneling, an entertaining center and a dining area with the latest Jenn-Air® appliances including the unique duct-free gas downdraft cooktop and wall oven with a 7-inch full color LCD screen and Culinary Center that guides users through the cooking process. Style options on display from the brand's offerings will include its Euro-Style stainless steel and unique Euro-Style Black Floating Glass.
Designed to serve an active family with a fun-filled, healthy and happy home life that centers on the kitchen as a gathering space, the kitchen provides an efficient space for one cook but has multiple work areas and room for friends and family to gather. Warming drawers are strategically located near the cooking area for the chef but close enough to the table for the servers. An advantageously placed ice maker doesn't require the host to make a long trip across the room to the refrigerator. Two island sinks provide both prep and clean-up water centers. Everyone can easily access chilled beverages with under counter refrigeration located near the dining table entrance to the pantry. Places to work, dine, visit and learn for people of all ages, sizes and physical abilities are sprinkled around the room.
The kitchen features an indoor work station housed in the pantry area with a pass through window to the outdoor area. This special area is convenient for outdoor dining where grilling masterpieces take center stage. The indoor area includes plenty of counter space for meal staging as well as refrigeration for storing ingredients. There is also a fully outfitted cleanup center with a sink and dishwasher.
Visibility and accessibility are key elements of this all-inclusive space and the room is designed to give the family a pleasant, quiet environment with a calming backdrop for the family's hectic life. An understated taupe, black, brown and cream color pallet is enhanced with interesting textures and patterns - and a splash of daring lime tinged green.