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