The Human Touch
Even with all the futuristic technology being integrated into kitchens,
consumers still crave a personalized, hand-created experience.
One of Wood-Mode’s most important messages is how the cabinets the
company makes are handled thousands of times by the company’s staff,
including hand-applied finishes, hand distressing, and custom requests.
Wood knobs, for example, might be hand-turned by a local Amish family.
At Dacor, the human touch also is important. For instance, some collections
feature knurled knobs, while the Atelier Edition refrigerator and freezer
collection offers hand-painted porcelain interior panels. “Dacor pays attention
to the details...and transforms our products into works of art,” says Kim.
Whether a kitchen is teeming with handcrafted touches, or futuristically modern,
one thing is true: Designers have a spectrum of resources at their fingertips to
design a kitchen that truly reflects its user and can be enjoyed by all.
JESSICA GOLDBOGEN HARLAN
is the author of eight cookbooks,
including Ramen to the Rescue, Mason
Jar Lunches, and The 5-Ingredient
Vegetarian Pressure Cooker
Cookbook. She has written for various
publications and websites, including
HFN, Town & Country, and Yahoo!,
and served as the Cooking Equipment
Expert for About.com. A graduate of
the Institute of Culinary Education,
she also teaches private and group
cooking lessons for adults and children.
1. Options like this
cobalt-blue refrigerator from
True Residential can serve
as statement pieces.
(Image: True Manufacturing)
2. Millbrook Circle pairs fresh,
functional design with comfort
and understated luxury.
(Image: Millbrook Circle)
3. SapienStone’s porcelain
surfaces mimic natural stone
and slow the depletion of
quarries. Shown here is the
company’s Bright Onyx.
4. Contemporary styling
and ease-of-use are evident in
this deep-recessed cabinetry