Pushing Boundaries 10

Exquisite Kitchen Design adds sexy sophistication to showroom kitchen

When Dan Stern of Aurum Home Technology decided to add a fully functioning kitchen in his RiNo showroom, he turned to his friends at Exquisite Kitchen Design knowing they would deliver the edgy, sophisticated look he was after.

And oh, did they.

Stern says the space at Aurum serves multiple functions for the business by acting as both a staff kitchenette and showroom by day—it includes hidden technology to show clients high-end automation in action. This kitchen is also regularly used to host parties and special events requiring full-service catering.

“The kitchen is the center of any home, and the home entertainment system enhances that experience, so we wanted this to be a really special design,” explained Stern. “They definitely delivered.”

As with all kitchen projects, Mikal Otten, EKD owner and designer, found the nuggets Stern and his team needed and delivered them in an unexpected way, pushing the materials and high-end details.

Originally just 150 square feet, the new kitchen space is 350 square feet. Dynamic vertical lines of fumed eucalyptus veneer on the back wall draw visitors in, and a gorgeous custom bronze steel hood beckons the eye as a focal point. The port black soft quartzite stone element behind the cooktop adds a beautiful ledge for spices, while Vibia Wireflow pendant lights add interest but allow the eye to see through them.

The Subzero refrigerator, freezer, wine cooler and beverage refrigerator keep things cool for parties, and Wolf ovens, a steam oven, microwave and warming drawers make life simple for caterers finishing dishes for a crowd.

The unique dining table has a custom bronze steel base and fumed eucalyptus plank top, resting in an area connected to but offset from the kitchen. Guests can gather here or around the stunning port black quartzite island.

“We design our kitchens to be sexy, edgy and sophisticated,” explained Otten who opened shop in 2005 drawing on a life of experience in the industry. “And not just today, but they will still look amazing in 10-15 years.”

“We especially love the island, cabinet color and ceiling detail,” said Stern. “The kitchen is the focal point for entertaining, and we love this one!”