Sub Z’s and Me!

Saturday, August 02, 2008 | Category: Design Inspiration, Kitchens, Shops and Showrooms

I’m fresh off a trip to Sub-Zero’s fabulous Westye F. Bakke Training Center in Fitchburg, Wisconsin for a Designer Pow-Wow.  I thought I’d share a few photos because the center really is very inspiring.  Jamie Drake and famed Kitchen Designer Mick deGiulio were instrumental in the creating surroundings that are difficult to forget.  In the picture above you can see a Chihuly glass installation.  Each piece of glass was wrapped and shipped individually.  Two  Artisans flew in to actually create and install the pieces.  Below is another Chihuly installation, this time in Mick deGiulio’s “East Meets West” concept kitchen…

I really love the East Meets West kitchen.  Old World materials like calcutta are mixed with stainless and espresso cabinetry for a sleek, yet classic kitchen (my favorite kind).  Oh, and I cooked right there on that marble island…

Butcher Block table…can I just say that I’m a sucker for a beautiful butcher block (especially walnut).

Innovative sink idea.  It looks as if Mick wrapped the sides of a Franke sink in granite…there was much debate as to how this was accomplished.  I’ll be trying it out on an upcoming project.

The above picture shows the interest to the “La Grande” kitchen, the “East Meets West” kitchen is just on the other side.  Emily, I knew you would love the floor.  This is Mick’s take on Old World kitchen design.  He scoured the globe for found objects that would pull together this collected look.

Now THAT’S how you integrate two Sub-Zeros!

I really like the stainless drawer banks on either side of range #1.

I LOVVVVEEEDDD all the vintage Sub-Zeros in their museum!!!  I so think they need to do a retro line!

LOVED this crest shown on the refrigerator below.

The outdoor patio that was attached to the Main Dining Room (great place for cocktails).

Jamie Drake’s sitting area of the”Fire and Ice” Dining Room…get it?? Wolf is the “fire” and Sub-Zero is the “ice.” He’s a clever one, that Jamie Drake.  Apparently, Jim Bakke, the President/CEO about flipped out when he saw the red striped venetian plaster walls with nothing else in the room (you really can’t tell from the picture how MUCH red there really is). Jamie Drake pulled through and now Mr. Bakke uses him on his personal residences.

The Bar!

It was a great trip, I had a blast, learned a lot, and met some really fun and talented designers/architects!

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8 Comments to 'Sub Z’s and Me!'

Nancy 02 Aug 08 at 4:17 pm

I LOOOOOOVE both islands in the first kitchen! That is cool that you actually cooked in that kitchen. Nancy

Ann 02 Aug 08 at 6:55 pm

OOHHH what nice interiors. I so like Jamie Drake’s design style, makes any space so lovely and lively without sacrificing elegance. Funny because I also featured one of his projects on my site yesterday.

Jacqueline 03 Aug 08 at 7:01 pm

I am not an interior designer but I do covet it from afar. Those pictures are fantastic, especially since I’m in the midst of decorating my new place.

Paloma 04 Aug 08 at 7:44 am

Very cool! I love the vintage fridge and the first kitchen you posted. Thanks for sharing the pictures from your trip. :)

Lauren 05 Aug 08 at 7:48 pm

Glad you guys enjoyed the pictures, I wish I would have taken more!

Alkemie 06 Aug 08 at 6:50 am

What an awesome field trip! I’m envious :) I love Jamie Drake and the other photos of the showrooms for Subzero with the kitchens are really nice!

SimplyGrove 06 Aug 08 at 8:42 am

LOve the butcher block table!!! What a great trip!!!

Courtney 08 Aug 08 at 10:41 pm

I would have seriously chained myself to that vintage fridge. What great pics – and what a cool trip!!

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