More than a year and a half ago, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchens & Baths came to me for help with a major refreshing of their showroom in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The gateway display area at the main entrance was my assignment. Along with demonstrating a diversity of cabinet styles and finishes, the entry sequence had to create a unique and indelible experience for visitors, most of whom have seen lots of sophisticated architecture and design.
This past Wednesday evening, January 9, Jennifer and the capital district's Home and Design magazine hosted a preview party in the showroom. Besides getting out to attend a fun event and mingling with architects, designers, and other people involved in the high end residential design business, I got to see the results of my work. While some elements of the design were left unexecuted or were changed to accomodate other products, the core of the concept remains intact. And it has been breathtakingly executed.
I was confident when I designed them that the island and hood would work well in the space. I was aiming for a strong sense of movement. What I hadn't expected was this: the curving, tapered shapes and orientation of the elements, emerging from beneath a low ceiling canopy into a higher ceiling space, vividly convey the feel of a sleek luxury yacht cutting through the water. I wish I could say that I planned it that way and knew it all along, but if I did, I kept that literal connection well hidden from myself. And it wouldn't have been as much fun to discover if I'd known that was what it would evoke.