This past October, BLANCO ran the second annual #BLANCODreamKitchen contest encouraging designers across the country to submit an original dream kitchen design featuring a BLANCO IKON® Apron Front Single Sink and the BLANCO ARTONA® faucet.
With dozens of entries received, BLANCO asked a panel of design professionals to choose the top designs. In honorable mention was Steven Bornholtz from New York. We interviewed Steven to learn exactly what was the inspiration for this dream kitchen.
Q: What was your inspiration behind this design?
A: I wanted to design a kitchen that I would want to have if I had no budget. Part of the problem in designing a kitchen is that you’re limited by standard box style of cabinets. I had seen other kitchen cabinets that have a shape outside of a rectangle, but they are few and far between. I really wanted to break free of standard box design. Along with the aesthetics, I wanted something that a real person could efficiently use.
Q: Did you have a certain design theme in mind that you wanted to convey in your design?
A: Yes, I wanted to design a kitchen with functionality and still have a nice form to it. I started by picking a pretty standard U-shape design. I had the pantry and fridge on one end, with the sink and prep area next, then the cooking after that, which leads to the serving area where people could either eat or pick food up at a party. I even planned small details like brushed steel behind the sink and stove in splatter areas where a smooth surface would be needed to make it easier to clean.
Q: How did BLANCO’s products make your design come to life?
A: The first part was the color of the product because the black finish of the sink and trim on the faucet worked so well with red, it encouraged me to go with the red color for the cabinets. The other part was the shape of the farm sink, which worked well with the rounded cabinets I wanted to design.
Q: What was the most challenging part of your design process?
A: I hadn’t done a hand drawn illustration in a few years, I only had worked on the computer, so I had to get used to paper, pencil and colored pencil again. The other challenge was drawing the design freehand using no rulers or straight edges – but I did use lots of erasers!