Kitchens,

Improve your Kitchen Sinks

From the traditional old-style kitchen sinks to the modern integrated once, the range to chose from is enormous. Modern kitchens are made out of a huge variety of materials. These materials permit new shapes and forms which make it easier for sinks to be integrated into the kitchen design.

In former times they were inserted into a hole of the kitchen worktop and fixed from underneath. Over the recent years, under mounted sinks have become more and more popular as the integrate more beautiful into the overall design.

Different shapes

Before going into more detail, let’s have a look at the different forms that can be found. Various shapes can be distinguished:

  • Single bowl kitchen sink, available left or right.
  • Double bowl sinks where they can be identical or different of size.
  • Triple bowl sink with extra space to store the sponge. Ideal for large faucets.

Huge variety of different materials used

The most traditional kind of sink is made out of stainless steel. Followed by Porcelain and the more modern once made out of DuPont® Corian. Especially DuPont® Corian kitchen sinks permit the designer utmost flexibility. With these newer materials, it is quite combined to combine them and the counter and make it out of one entire piece. Thereby the DuPont® Corian sink is glued underneath the kitchen top which is made of the same material. With a precise cut out using diamond coated router bits, the surface of the kitchen counter and the sink bowl are smoothly finished. As a result, the joint between the counter and the sink can hardly be seen.

Improved cabinets for new sinks

With the recent development in new types of kitchen cabinet drawers the space underneath a sink can be used more efficiently. Amongst others, Blum offers a new kind of U-shaped drawer which makes perfect use of the space underneath the kitchen sinks. The concept is very easy and perfect especially to store dishwashing accessories or cleaning agents etc. Gone are the times where the space of a kitchen cabinet had to be covered by a taller door or an additional cover panel.

To sum it up, when it comes to sinks every designer should have a close and detailed look. Make sure you are aware of the different shapes and the possibilities they offer. Together with adequate faucets, the cabinet underneath they can be used for additional storage. If done well sinks can become a beautiful center point of a kitchen.

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Kitchens,

Selecting the Right Sink

The sink is the busiest spot in your kitchen. Nearly every task begins or ends in its embrace, so choosing the right one for the way you will use it and the way it will look may be one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your kitchen. You may not feel you need the new one that ‘cooks,’ but you do want a sink that will serve you well and look terrific, while not requiring too much time to maintain.

The newest looks in sinks are those that complement the latest trends in kitchen design; namely the ‘commercial’ or ‘professional’ look and the traditional Old World styling, two design trends that continue to run parallel to one another, closely followed by the nostalgia of ‘country.’

After you choose the look you want to enhance your kitchen’s personality, there is still plenty to decide. Will you use stainless steel, porcelain, enamel or solid surface material? How about copper or brass?

Stainless steel more popular than ever, the stainless steel sink is the perfect complement to the ‘professional’ kitchen that boasts stainless steel appliances. Easy care is a big plus. The quality of a stainless steel sink is measured by its gauge (the higher the number, the lower the quality), the amount of chromium and nickel it contains (the more, the better) and the sound control employed (the more padding or coating the quieter. Tile and solid surface counters allow under mount installation for easy cleanup – just push the wet and the mess right in with no lip or edge to collect debris or dampness. Laser embossing is available from some manufacturers to relieve the ‘too commercial’ look for use in more traditional settings, too.

Solid Surface First used for easier care custom counter tops, sinks of solid surface materials have attained a close second in preference among consumers for upscale kitchens. These wonderful man-made composite materials present a quiet, easy to clean surface that is stain and scratch resistant. Solid surface sinks also allow for either surface or under mount applications and can be fabricated to create an entirely smooth transition from a solid surface top with no discernable ridge or line where they are joined. Computerized cutting allows fabricators to create custom designs for both decorative and functional choices.

Porcelain Still the number one choice for many consumers, there is nothing to compare with the gleaming surface of a quality porcelain sink. Surprisingly durable, porcelain on cast iron sinks are available in bolder colors and more shades than any other material. Available in either under mount or surface mount styles, porcelain sinks are available in every imaginable style and with a wide variety of practical options and features.

Enamel A less expensive alternative than others, except the most inexpensive stainless steel, enamel sinks are also less durable. Available in several colors and configurations enamel sinks do require more careful maintenance. But, top mounted models may be changed out with relatively little trouble, so enamel sink may be a better way to cut costs than with some more permanent choices for your kitchen like the cabinets. A good quality enamel sink may be expected to last for several years with a little loving care. Be sure not to scour with abrasive cleaners.

Other materials seen on today’s sink scene are Soapstone – a natural mineral substance, it is easy to care for, available in several color ranges (no two are alike) and in some of the most ‘now’ styles like extra deep farm sinks with wide apron fronts. Copper or Brass – usually familiar as the bar or ‘veggie’ sinks, these metals are sometimes chosen for kitchens planned in the Old World mode or for a ‘gourmet’ appearance.

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Kitchens,

Checklist on kitchen cabinet refacing

The main idea behind kitchen cabinet refacing starts when you start getting a little bit tired of the look of your formerly so modern looking kitchen. From changing the entire kitchen to only refacing many different options are available. This article would like to give you some clues on how to get the remodeling process sorted out beforehand and got a better feel of what you can expect after it is done. Without any doubt, cabinet refacing is a basic and fast approach to getting a new fresh look into one of the most used parts of your home.

Before you get into kitchen remodeling or refacing make sure you see the pros and cons of this approach, compared to changing the entire kitchen.

Advantages of refacing

  • Refacing and exchange work on your kitchen cabinet will be done within a concise time. The actual process of changing the fronts of your drawers and doors, together with applying the new surface to the outside of the cabinets is usually done within a day or two. Without lots of dusty work, as little to no adaptation is necessary.
  • It is a rather cheap way of getting a fresh look into your kitchen, compared to the investment in a new kitchen.

The backside

Only the look changes. As simple as this, with changing of the fronts of the kitchen, the cabinets and all kitchen appliances still stay the same. So think about that old oven which is now over 20 years old and ask yourself if you still want to use it, even after you changed the kitchen design completely.

If you think about cabinet remodeling, make sure you understand that the result will be a fresh new looking kitchen, with the same cabinets’ distribution and appliances. “So you might as well think about changing that old kitchen exhaust hood as well at the same time”.

Steps to get your kitchen refaced

  • Find different cabinet makers or kitchen cabinet refacing companies in your area and invite them to your house. Most of the companies have franchises all over the country, so have a look on the web and at your local yellow pages. Make sure you get at least three different once giving you a quote.
  • Work together with them, get some ideas and have them set up a kitchen design plan or if possible get some 3D picture of what your kitchen would look like after the refacing. Today many refacing companies offer this kind of computer generated kitchen plan.
  • Make sure you are not just thinking about the optical changes like drawer fronts and doors or islands, but also if there is any need to change further hardware. Like drawer guides, hinges and cabinet shelf boards.
  • Compare the different cost estimates, have a look at the quality of material they are offering and the time frame they are planning the work will need. Then choose the one out of the refacing companies which you like most and go for it.
  • Usually, the work will be done in one or two days, depending on the size of the kitchen. It consists of changing drawer and door fronts, changing the kitchen top (if needed) and reworking the outsides of the cabinets.

So after the entire process, with changing drawer fronts, doors and putting a new kitchen top in, you will have this feeling of a beautiful new kitchen. Make sure you spend some extra money and effort in upgrading drawer slides as well. In case you need to upgrade some of your kitchen appliances, you may also want to do it right at the same time as your kitchen cabinet refacing process.

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New Trends,

Comtemporary Art – TIME GUARDIANS

Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer’s Time Guardians are mysterious sculptures that resemble cloaked and hooded figures that are silent observers of the passage of time. The sculptures have appeared in indoor and outdoor installations, looking for all the world like a very focused procession of beings deep in contemplation. The sculptures appear to be concrete, but are actually hollow folds of treated textile. Ghosts? Grim Reapers? Or maybe simple witnesses …

 

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Kids Room, New Trends,

Mimondo Wave Bunk Beds

Mimondo Different and innovative furniture. All furniture is distinguished by high quality Danish and outstanding design. Beds by this company are designed to provide maximum comfort and functionality for children.
They are presented in two models – Wave 1, single beds, and Wave 2, a bed for two children. Both look modern and very original. With these two beds you can create an environment for your children where they can get inspired and use their fantasy. With inspiration these kids make fun of your family grow in through the day is beautiful.
This children’s beds are made of laminated bentwood veneer, hardwood and ash step. They are the ecology and nature. Imagine How cheerful your family with quality products, we are sure you agree with this.

 

 

 

 

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Lighting,

Glowing Light Ball Bench by Manfred Kielnhofer

 

 

 

The “Glowing Light Ball Bench” created by Manfred Kielnhofer was present at the Light Art Biennial Austria. The bench, which has a very simple design, consists of three light balls and two wooden board perforates that lay over the light balls. Contrasting structural dynamics of the artist Manfred Kielnhofer provides analytically with his artistic work The “Glowing Light Ball Bench” more than one possible answer to this issue. Kielnhofer asks the viewer literally to an intellectual debate and intellectual, philosophical stimulation. Based on art and design relavante aspects of this work is based on philosophical thinking patterns that are complementary with social impact through the application and interaction. Materials and urban positioning, more variables which give the work of art this unique versatility and applicability. Whether moving, static, bright, swimming, driving, busy or isolated freestanding – the action itself defines the fine line to use artistic design, or art-oriented design to use. “The moment you try the artwork in my thoughts and words to capture, one realizes that this task almost limitless variations, offers viewpoints and approaches. Kielnhofer redeemed by shape, material, resulting in an avalanche of application functionality and solutions / results on different levels of perception.”
Artist Manfred Kielnhofer will appear in the upcoming issue 9 of EYES IN Magazine

 

RGB Light technic by TechnikDesign.com
Plexiglas by ThyssenKrupp Plastics Austria
http://kielnhofer.at/blog/

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Cool Gadgets, Furniture,

Tree Stump Speakers

You don’t have to be a tree hugger or perhaps an audiophile to dig the Tree Stump Speaker from Thomas Laenner. The Tree Stump Speaker is really a speaker system for MP3 players designed to appear like a permanently trimmed tree of the stumpy range.

The Tree Stump Speaker has two stumps, each of which are actually 4-inch speakers. The sound coming out of the speakers is controlled with a circular controller hidden within the tree. The Tree Stump Speaker also comes in a mountable version that looks a lot more realistic and also is simply my favorite of the two versions.The only real knock against this design is its absence of a physical dock. The Tree Stump Speaker are only able to be connected to devices using a 3.5 mm cable that connects to audio jacks.

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Lighting,

Tangle Globe Pendant Light

Plants give some refreshing and lamps warm and stylish ambiance to any home but the Globe Pendant Light can provide both. Exactly how this materialize? The Globe Pendant Light is really a distinctive lighting system this is a mixture of a dangling plant and a pendant lamp.
Created by Tord Boontje for Artecnica, the Globe Pendant Lamp provides the glass globe using a light at the center surrounded by another glass attached with lovely plants, which can be reminiscent for the iconic Garland light of the designer Tord Boontje. With the way it looks, the Globe Pendant Light will surely light up and decorate in fashion because it matches perfectly with any home’s elegant interior planning and home furniture. Via:Mocoloco


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