Cabinet Design

It’s one thing to design a demonstration kitchen – one that’s intended to be shared periodically by residents of a multifamily building, whether for culinary programming or private events. It’s another to design a true communal kitchen – the type commonly found in co-living communities, where residents have their own private bedrooms but also spend time in shared spaces, such as kitchens, where they choose to cook and dine together on a regular basis. Co-living communities have numerous benefits, but they can also pose challenges for a designer. In a single residence, there are often multiple occupants with varying style preferences, different schedules and, in some cases, mobility challenges.   So, our goal as designers is to create dynamic spaces that serve residents of all ages, and in various stages of life. When it comes to creating cabinetry for a co-living community, we achieve this by implementing a few key design principles: Kitchens for a Crowd Co-living communities have larger kitchens than you would traditionally find in a multifamily building. There are several reasons for this. First, they have more cabinetry to allow residents to store food, cookware and dishware in their own spaces. They also feature multiple workspaces so occupants can cook simultaneously, and...

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Some cabinet designs are timeless – white shaker immediately comes to mind – and will always appeal to homeowners and apartment dwellers. But other styles come and go as the years pass by and preferences evolve.  As designers, we travel the world working on projects, regularly attend trade shows to stay up to date on the latest innovations, and scour the internet in search of inspiration and the newest trends. Drawing on our global perspective, we’ve compiled a list of five cabinet and countertop trends that will have staying power in both residential and multifamily kitchen design in the new decade: Blonde Woods Homeowners and renters alike have been growing more fond of lighter woods for several years, but we feel that blonde tones will gain in popularity. They bring a warmth to a space that black and gray tones simply cannot.  Natural walnut, in particular, is being used more frequently by luxury developers for cabinets and built-in furniture. Thermally fused laminate (TFL), a more durable material, allows for replication of the grain and color tones of woods at a lower price point with rigorous consistency. While some walnut species are dark, the actual colors range from a light tan to chocolate. TFL replicates the...

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Laurey W. Glenn

Recently we wrote a blog post on multifamily developers turning to black as a new neutral for kitchen cabinets, so we’re not surprised to see this versatile color ranking among the favorites trending for 2020. Whether it’s putting a fresh coat of paint on existing cabinetry as part of a renovation or designing new storage solutions for a ground-up multifamily development, we’re all for experimenting with different shades that make a statement without being too trendy. See which other paint colors made the cut in this article from Southern Living....

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