Insider’s View of House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2011

Contributed by Lori Dolnick

On a hot, hot July Monday in New York City, I had the opportunity to tour the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year with Tyler Florence. I actually bumped Tyler as I squeezed through the packed audience to see the kitchen. And yes… I’m a kitchen design addict so I bypassed the throng trying to have small talk with the celebrity chef to get to the good stuff. 


This was House Beautiful’s largest Kitchen of the Year installation and the theme emphasized entertaining inside and outside. The idea of a living kitchen was one of the key trends covered, and the kitchen hosted multiple cooking stations that allowed guests to see the preparation and to participate.
I have to say kudos to House Beautiful and Tyler Florence who designed and worked so hard to build a beautiful kitchen right in the middle of Rockefeller Center in New York City. The installation included full, indoor and outdoor working kitchens that entertained hundreds of guests for cooking demonstrations, tastings and events. It’s styled thoughtfully so that it’s both aspirational and warmly lived in. If you are in the New York area next July, you must make this a stop. The event schedules are always online at House Beautiful.
No worries that you may have missed this year’s kitchen. Thanks to electronic media, you can take a tour with Tyler Florence online here or look for the October issue of House Beautiful magazine.
A few of the stand out products and where to find them:
Grothouse Lumber Custom Butcherblock
–       Made of Mahogany with Durata finish that is lifetime rated
–       Integrated knife slot frees counter space and offers added safety
–       The block rolls on wheels and can be repositioned from the countertop to the table
–       Custom inscribed with Latin – the dying words of the patron saint of chefs’ that translates roughly to, “I’m done on this side, you can turn me over now.”
–       Visit to design your own
Ann Sacks Subway Style Tile
–       Clean, classic and so New York chic. It’s supposed to be a Californian kitchen aesthetic, but that tile says New York to me.
–       Caliper in Warm Candle White Glass. 3” x 6” each
SunBriteTV Outdoor Television
–       It’s ironic, but I still can’t get over that there’s a TV that stands up to rain, dust, insects and extreme weather. Maybe the kids can do Wii outside and it’s just that much closer to real tennis.
–       LCD Screen, 46”, 1080 full HD
Bernhardt Furniture Company Quentin Dining Table
–                Warm, yet industrial – this hand-hammered stainless topped table will invite conversation
–                Dimensions: w 80 x d 40 x h 30
–                Solid Mindi wood base with trestle-style stretcher in a sandblasted Driftwood finish
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