Take a tour of the 2010 Kitchen of the Year — the ultimate dream kitchen — designed by Jeff Lewis from Bravo's Flipping Out. Showcased in the middle of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, his contemporary design features an open layout, a cozy seating area, and tons of high-tech conveniences.
The kitchen is free and open to the public July 19-23. Stop by for free cooking demonstrations guest appearances by Jeff Lewis and other members of the Flipping Out cast.
Can't make it opening week? The kitchen remains open all summer, transformed into Bar 30, and offers delicious food and cocktails. Even better, after the event, appliances and building materials are donated to ReStore Habitat for Humanity.
"It's a contemporary kitchen, the most contemporary kitchen so far for Kitchen of the Year," says Jeff Lewis. "It's definitely California modern. It has a tremendous amount of glass and natural light. We put in as many doors and windows as possible."
"If you overbuild the cabinets, I think it makes it seem claustrophobic," says Jeff Lewis. "Open shelves or glass doors on the uppers and lowers really help a space look better."
Want a quick kitchen update but don't want to spend a lot? "Just updating the cabinet pulls can be a major transformation for very little money," says Jeff Lewis.
Design Bath & Hardware pulls, Kohler faucet and sink.
Lewis recommends eliminating nonessential countertop appliances. "I don't like clutter, I don't over accessorize," he explains. "I really like things clean, neat, and minimal, and one of the reasons why I do keep accessories to a minimum is because I don't want things to gather dust."
CaesarStone countertops, Walker Zanger backsplash.
"I'm not a carpet guy. I love the solid floors, wood or stone, with area rugs because I can lift them up and clean underneath," says Jeff Lewis.
Mohawk floors, Benjamin Moore paint.
A see-through wine rack in the kitchen defines a cozy seating area, but it doesn't close off the space. The design defines the new American living room, creating an open feeling where all family members can gather.
Furniture from Design Within Reach, Kravet fabrics.
Forget about that cluttered catchall drawer. Drawer dividers make organizing kitchen tools easy — no more hunting for the wine opener.
The Container Store drawer dividers.
A futuristic chandelier is sure to get dinner party conversation started.
Licht im Raum chandelier.
The dining table — made from wood salvaged from the old Vanderbilt polo barn — is set with fashion-forward home accessories.
Jeff Soderbergh dining table, Kate Spade, and Calvin Klein Home tableware.
An island cooktop uses a filter to eliminate smoke so that overhead vents aren't necessary. The location also lets the cook chat easily with family and guests seated at nearby bar stools.
The kitchen leads out to a deck where teak furniture, outdoor fabrics, and even weatherproof televisions stand up to the elements while still bringing plenty of style. "It definitely has an indoor-outdoor feeling," says Jeff Lewis.
Restoration Hardware furniture, Sunbrella outdoor fabric, SunBrite outdoor television, Benjamin Moore stain.