KR+H's Kitchens Video: narrative in design


As I was writing our previous blog post about the B/A/D Talks event where we explored the idea of Narrative Architecture, I thought of our video, Kitchens. Narrative plays a leading role in design at KR+H. This can be seen on our Kitchens video where Paul Reidt expresses his thoughts on how he approaches design.

 KR+H's Paul Reidt

KR+H's Paul Reidt

Here are just a couple of the ideas Paul shares:

MEASURE OF SUCCESS

"I think maybe the best measure of whether a kitchen is successful or not is whether you've created a setting for people's lives that supports those lives. It's the place where memories are created. It will serve as a setting for so many human experiences; and I especially think of this when there are young children, wondering whether they're going to bring images of this place into their future."

HEARING THE STORY

"Many times our customers come to us with images of things that are appealing to them. [...] And it's important for us to know why these things are appealing. I always want to hear the story that they have to tell."

 Images from KR+H's video, Kitchens.

Images from KR+H's video, Kitchens.

We hope you'll take a short three minutes to see our Kitchens video. You'll meet Paul and travel through images of kitchens designed by us and other design professionals who share our interest in narrative in design. You can view the video below. Enjoy!

Behind-the-Scenes Video at KR+H: the process of our craft


"...we can achieve a more humane material life, if only we better understand the making of things." -Richard Sennett, The Craftsman

 Craftsman Paul Smith at work in KRH's shop

Craftsman Paul Smith at work in KRH's shop

In KR+H's video, The Shop, Paul (Reidt) says, "Walking through the shop is a fabulous experience because there are projects in different stages of accomplishment." The stages of process, from design through installation, are valued at KR+H, and it is evident in our shop as you see hands and minds and tools work in artful unison. Whether the project is a custom kitchen, furniture, or millwork, we feel our joy in the making of things plays an important role in our customers delight and engagement in their projects.

The Shop is a three-minute look inside that we hope you enjoy! If you would like to come see our shop in person, please give us a call at 781.573.1500 to schedule a time!

 Craftsman Chris Lehmann at work in KR+H's shop

Craftsman Chris Lehmann at work in KR+H's shop

To The Press at ADHDS

Welcome to our "press kit" for the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers is a design + build firm in the Boston area. Along with our own design projects, we make custom cabinetry and woodwork designed by architects and interior designers.

At this year's ADHDS, we will introduce our newest design in KR+H's hidden series, The Cube: 36x36x36. Our simple form has a rich surface and hidden assets. When this furniture is at rest, four stools nest within the table. The Cube is made from American black walnut and anodized aluminum.

 For all images of The Cube, see link below

For all images of The Cube, see link below

We are also returning to ADHDS with KR+H's The Hidden Kitchen. It was initially shown in New York just last year and has not been released to the press previously. Here's a brief video revealing its hidden secrets:


There's a great story behind The Hidden Kitchen. Take a moment to read our blog post The Hidden Kitchen: a place for everything.

Both The Cube and The Hidden Kitchen were designed by KR+H's president, Paul Reidt. Paul will be at ADHDS for all four days of the show. Our booth is No. 269, and we hope you'll stop by and say hello.

All the professional photographs of The Cube and The Hidden Kitchen are at the beginning of KR+H's projects portfolio. High resolution images are available. For more information, please contact Linda Kochman, linda@cabinetmakers.com, 781-573-1542, or Paul Reidt, paul@cabinetmakers.com, 781-573-1515.

Thank you for visiting!

Photographs and Video Clips by Joel Benjamin Photography

The Hidden Kitchen: a place for everything


"Design a free standing dwelling for an architect.  Must support the following activities: cooking, dining, sleeping, bathing, socializing, and studying/drafting. Size: single story, no larger than 100 square feet. Smaller is better."

This was one of my earliest studio assignments in architecture school. I was already a cabinetmaker when I started school so my solution to this challenge was more like a multifunctional cabinet composition than a house. I fit the whole program into 60 square feet and got the prize for size. My dwelling cabinet had parts that slid, dropped, folded, and flipped to transform the tiny space from one function to another. It was complicated, but uncrowded, and the intricacy of the parts made it seem richer than expected for such a tiny house. I liked the notion that a small and seemingly simple object could unfold to support a large variety of functions...like a Swiss Army knife, or an iPhone.

Today, economic and environmental forces provide an incentive to build homes that are smaller in size, and consumers are looking for the presence of detail and character. My student exercise from 30 years ago has changed from pedagogical device to something directly relevant to a real world model for housing. Smaller homes require that spaces be multifunctional and flexible, just like my dwelling cabinet.

At KR+H, we recently built a cabinet assembly inspired by these considerations. It contains all of the storage and equipment requirements of a fully functional kitchen, but can transform from workplace to gathering and dining space as parts fold, flip, and slide. Like a Murphy bed, its primary function can withdraw to support other activities in the same space. We designed our Hidden Kitchen for dwellings like lofts or studios where one space needs to accommodate a broad range of activities.

When we exhibited our Hidden Kitchen at the ICFF in New York, one architect who designs office environments thought the unit would do well in offices where it is becoming more common to have meetings or conferences accompanied by the preparation and serving of food. Another attendee has hired us to produce a hidden kitchen in the front parlor of his townhouse. We are working on a design that refers to his collection of Art Deco furniture which will occupy the same room.

KR+H's Hidden Kitchen is made from quarter sawn American black walnut; back-painted, acid-etched glass; and stainless steel. Appliances are by Sub Zero, Miele, and Fisher Paykel. The unique, articulated tube design of the faucet (Karbon model by Kohler) made it possible to tuck the faucet into the sink and keep it out of sight when not in use.

video clips by Joel Benjamin Photography