DCW Concept Kitchen: Livability Integration

Filed in Design, IBS by on January 17, 2015 1 Comment

With the sponsors and products set, designer Jonas Carnemark, CKD, CR, and owner of Bethesda, Md.-based companies Carnemark and Konst, has finalized the design of the Concept Kitchen @ Design & Construction Week™ at the NAHB International Builders’ Show and is ready to build.

This 340-square-foot state-of-the-art kitchen will feature innovations in appliances, cabinetry, flooring, plumbing and hardware – all provided by sponsors Thermador, Caesarstone, Fabuwood, Brizo, Mohawk, Daltile and Berenson Hardware.

Over the last few months, as new ingredients have been added to the lineup of products, Carnemark has taken great care to accommodate those products or color options the sponsors wish to feature. “This is no different than designing for a family,” Carnemark said. “As different members see the design, new ideas occur to them, and it is my job to integrate those into the design.”

He’s also used the design process as an opportunity to nurture the next generation of designers. “I serve on the Architecture and Technology Advisory Board at Montgomery College,” a community college in nearby Rockville, Md., “and have taken on a few interns. The DCW Concept Kitchen project was an excellent forum to teach young designers the process of how design flows from one variation to the next.”

Livability Integration

Also integral to the design is livability. “Universal design is often the term used,” Carnemark said, “but it is really about ‘livability’, which I define as designing common sense into any space.”

While many people only think of aging boomers needing universal design, in Jonas’ opinion, it is about designing spaces for all ages – from grandkids to grandparents. A kid-height countertop area, for example, also offers an appropriate height for wheelchairs. “It is important for us to not only design a kitchen for the client, but for the client’s extended family – and this often includes multiple generations,” Carnemark said.

He believes that a significant aspect to any kitchen design is media and sound, which is driven by Carnemark’s love of music and his observation that more people are using media throughout the home, particularly in the kitchen. Laptops and tablets are often used at the kitchen table or breakfast bar, and often for listening to music or for staying connected while accessing a recipe or YouTube video to while prepping a meal.

“Integrating media is just part of a good kitchen design, and so much of what I think about is how I can make it easier for my clients to tap into entertainment while in the kitchen,” Carnemark said. “It is a personal goal of mine to bridge the gap between luxury and utility. I want to give my clients something that is really nice yet easy to use.”

You’ll experience these many livability elements, including media, integrated into the 2015 Concept Kitchen @ Design & Construction Week, at the Las Vegas Convention Center Central Concourse.

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