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March 14th, 2013 +
Three Magazines: three KR+H projects
In March, three of Boston’s home magazines give their readers a look at KR+H’s custom cabinetry and furniture. We really appreciate the editorial coverage in all three of these fine publications! Check out the links below…
Design New England, March/April 2013, “A touch of glass,” by Jaci Conroy; photographs by Michael J. Lee. A big thank you to our wonderful customer Mitzi Papoyans! The article is the story of how she worked with KR+H’s Paul Reidt on the design of her kitchen:
Boston Home, Spring 2013, “Paradise Found,” by Lindsay Tucker; photographs by Chuck Choi; architecture by MaryAnn Thompson:
New England Home, March-April 2013. “Sketch Pad” covers The Hidden Kitchen design by Paul Reidt. A special thank you to the editor, Kyle Hoepner.
October 27th, 2012 +
KR+H’s Hidden Kitchen Reveals Itself
Since KR+H’s Hidden Kitchen was shown in New York City in 2011, it has been our delight to see how it inspires homeowners. Both functional and aesthetic elements of our Hidden Kitchen are being revealed in new kitchen designs for our customers, including two projects in NYC.
One New York couple who saw KR+H’s Hidden Kitchen at The Architectural Digest Home Design Show was drawn to its hidden function and furniture look. The townhouse the couple is renovating will include a kitchen by KR+H that will be in concert with their Chinese Deco furniture collection.
Another New York couple saw our Hidden Kitchen at ICFF, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and was drawn to its back-painted, acid-etched glass that offers a play of translucent color blocking.
The idea of incorporating luminous color blocks into a kitchen’s design has appealed as well to Boston homeowners who visit KR+H’s showroom. One Boston homeowner, a returning KR+H customer, worked with us to design and make the kitchen for her new home in Boston’s Fort Point Channel, incorporating back-painted, acid-etched glass. Her elegantly modern and colorful kitchen has been selected by Design New England magazine for a photo shoot and will appear in an upcoming issue. We’ll keep you posted!
To learn more and see our video revealing the secrets of KR+H’s Hidden Kitchen, go to Paul’s post: The Hidden Kitchen: a place for everything.
September 27th, 2012 +
Opening Night for United Marble…and KR+H
It was a special night for KR+H, too, as our work is showcased in United Marble’s new space. KR+H was delighted when we were invited by Tom and John Kilfoyle to design one of the vignettes for their showroom.
After the opening, Paul reflected on how it was wonderful to come together in celebration with professional friends.
Alan, Karla, and Paul enjoyed having time to simply relax and enjoy the company of people in our industry. There was a nice mix of architects, designers, and builders. Paul was reminded of the many long standing relationships we have, how we all need each other, and that there exists in our community a great camaraderie of dreamers and makers.
Thank you Tom, John, and Kristen Kilfoyle! Your family business that began in 1987 offers the spirit of community. That sense of collaboration is reflected in your work, your showroom design, and your many long standing relationships. All the best in your new showroom location at the Boston Design Center.
Our vignette was inspired by the salle de bain in an apartment that Armand Albert Rateau designed for fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin in 1928. Some rooms from this Parisian apartment are on permanent display at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. Our vignette will continue to develop with a carved pedestal sink and some bronze and satinwood cabinetry still to come. For the present, KR+H is showing an element from our hidden kitchen series; a collection of furniture pieces that encapsulate the functional elements of a kitchen inside simple forms and rich surface materials. – Paul Reidt, president, KR+H
May 23rd, 2012 +
KR+H at ICFF in NYC: postscript
Paul and I met upon his return from KR+H’s second year of exhibiting at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. ICFF is America’s largest home design and furniture show held at NYC’s Javitz Center with some 25,000 visitors, mostly design trade professionals, exploring exhibits from around the world.
At this year’s ICFF, Paul found a renewed optimism. There was an inspiring showing of new ideas by young innovators. The New York Times article that reviewed ICFF, Going With the Grain, reported on the growing rise of hand made.
Paul was delighted to see visitors’ responses as they discovered the secrets of KR+H’s [Hidden] Kitchen furniture. KR+H’s exhibit at ICFF was truly a collaborative effort of our designers, engineers, and crafts people. We had the good fortune to have our exhibit sparkle with the diptych, Skate, by artist Jeffrey Keith. Thank you Jeffrey! To learn more about KR+H’s [Hidden] Kitchen furniture, see Paul’s post below. We’d love to hear your comments.
May 13th, 2012 +
[Hidden] Kitchen Furniture: ICFF
Drawings are the intermediate step between creative imagination and built structures. They are usually my first contact with projects and after reading them for thirty years I have long recognized that, like most forms of human communication, they come with a full foundation of subtext. Their immediate purpose is technical specification, but they can suggest far more by the graphic style, the room labels, and the architect’s decisions about what information is included (and excluded). Good design integrates and balances multiple layers of program and aesthetics, but every set of drawings will give clues to the designer’s priorities. You can usually tell whether the architect favors the exterior composition over the experience of the interior spaces and even whether the relationship between the architect, owner, and builder will be collaborative or controlling. Room labels can be as expressive as the names for paint colors or as prosaic as “family room” and “study.” I have worked on a few overblown projects where a surfeit of rooms emptied the label bank and left undefined rooms stranded in Starvenia. Even in the smallest dwellings, however, there is always a space marked “kitchen” and it never fails to hold my attention since this is not only the heart of most homes but also the primary focus of our work at KR+H.
What does the label, “kitchen” signify? There are no fewer than three components for a space to qualify as a kitchen. These essentials provide for CC+S: Cooking, Cleaning, and Storage. All kitchen functions can reduce to one of these three. Of course kitchens are complex spaces with additional dimensions of aesthetics and psychology, but these enrichments can happen wherever CC+S are provided. If any space can be a kitchen when the defining trio of functions is present, then incorporating them in furniture flips the focus from room to contents. Hiding the kitchen functions in the furniture takes it a step further. Rooms with hidden kitchen furniture can be both multifunctional and transformable. Think about the benefits not only for smaller homes and apartments, but also for offices and hospitality spaces.
This is the simple idea behind the new kitchen furniture that KR+H will unveil at ICFF, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, May 19-22. We have concealed CC+S in two pieces of furniture made from quartered black walnut and figured satin wood. Our hidden kitchen pieces also include The Cube, a table and chairs that fit together like a three dimensional puzzle.
Please visit us at ICFF, Booth 2358, and find a full kitchen and dining space hiding in 200 square feet.
March 20th, 2012 +
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.
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, email@example.com, 781-573-1542, or Paul Reidt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-573-1515.
Thank you for visiting!
Photographs and Video Clips by Joel Benjamin Photography
October 24th, 2011 +
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