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In "Zen Loft," a kitchen he created for the Kohler Design Center, Canadian interior designer Brian Gluckstein shows how beautifully stainless steel professional appliances blend with natural materials.

"It's a cook's kitchen," said Gluckstein, ARIDO, ASID, IDC and principal for Gluckstein Design Planning, Toronto, Ontario. "These are fixtures and appliances for the serious chef, but the overall environment is one of warmth and elegant simplicity. The room reflects the eclectic personality of the owner."

Key ingredients in this well-proportioned design solution are Kohler's PRO CookCenter™ and PRO CookSink™. These multi-task activity centers are the perfect melding of function and design, adding to the efficiency of the small space. The marble island, which serves multiple functions as a working counter and water source, features a flip-up stainless steel countertop to provide additional workspace.

One clever highlight of the kitchen is the innovative use of a chalkboard mounted over the fan hood. Perfect for holding cookbooks and jotting notes, the chalkboard's small art light lends a sense of theater as it illuminates any cook's culinary performance. Creamy white marble countertops and open shelving allow for visual interest while providing a striking contrast to the rich mocha finish of the Polo Club cabinetry by Canac. The cabinetry's understated design lines offer visual stability in a space that brings together a melange of Asian touches, industrial sleekness and retro influences.

"I like the idea of having a lot of display in the kitchen," said Gluckstein. "Think of the contents of the large glass jars - spices, red peppers and pastas - as sculptural elements. Open shelving, especially in a confined space, also puts everything within easy reach." The comfortable space is capped with a stamped tin ceiling, distressed to appear weathered. The dark cork flooring was selected for its durability and comfort underfoot. Both make a worthy contribution to the room's already eclectic mix of materials. Steel baskets and glass fronts on select cabinets add color and reinforce the professional look of the space.

About the designer

With fourteen years of design experience, Brian Gluckstein has developed an enviable reputation for remarkable interior planning, design and project management for many leading corporations and families in Canada, as well as for a select international clientele. Creating distinctive surroundings for gracious living and business excellence, the designer specializes in projects that require superior technical ability and an understanding of clients' expectations and lifestyles.

Gluckstein Design Planning has been recognized for design excellence by ASID of Ontario with ARIDO Awards in 1989-1993 and 1997. Additionally, the National Builders Association of America presented Gluckstein Design Planning the Awards of Excellence in Model Suite design in 1997, and the Award of Excellence in Sales Office and Model Suite design in 1999. Seen monthly on Canadian television, Gluckstein's work has been featured in numerous national and international publications.

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